So, you are a powerful villain in need of a QuirkyMinibossSquad. You need to replace TheDragon who has failed you one time too many. Or perhaps your MonsterOfTheWeek never works and you are thinking of trying ThePsychoRangers. But where can you find a servant both competent enough and willing to serve you? Not everyone can create minions from the ground up, [[EvilIsSterile particularly the forces of evil]]. But perhaps you don't need to create anything.

See that guy, NotQuiteDead after a HeroicSacrifice? He will do. A quick {{brainwash|ed}}ing, a new name and new clothes, and while you are putting his damaged body back together, you can always make a few...improvements. If no half-dead hero is available, you can always use the remains of the previous season's BigBad, or even some of your past victims. What is important is that they are not just BrainwashedAndCrazy. The new minion must be customized for your needs. So turning dead heroes undead does not count by itself, but creating a Death Knight will.

May coincide with ThatManIsDead and obviously WeCanRebuildHim. Sometimes involves a DealWithTheDevil. EvilCostumeSwitch is pretty much mandatory.

As mentioned, this trope requires the victim to be custom-modified. Also it must be someone either important (a powerful wizard, a king) or plot-relevant (the hero's childhood friend) prior to the transformation and important for the villain's plans after. This can be effective as it puts the former hero's strength on your side, and also puts the other heroes in the uncomfortable position of having to fight their former friend. On the other hand, heroes do have the nasty habit of [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight beating them back to themselves]], so in the worst case, the villain may just end up [[NiceJobFixingItVillain bringing back a hero the villain spent so much time and resources killing in the first place, only STRONGER]]. Whoops!

Compare TheCorrupter. If the subject has HeroicWillpower, may result in a PhlebotinumRebel. A type of FaceMonsterTurn. Can result in a MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil. A DarthVaderClone may have this as its origin. Not to be confused with DegradedBoss, where a boss enemy becomes a regular mook.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'': "The Tyrant Kuma is dead." He is now a {{Cyborg}} working for the World Government.
* The ''Mazinger'' franchise:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': This is [[BigBad Dr. Hell]]'s favorite trick. This is how he got himself his CoDragons. He found Brocken bleeding to death on the ground and turn him into a headless {{Cyborg}}. While exploring the underground mazes of Bardos he found two mummified bodies. One half of each body was crushed under rocks. So he sewed the intact halves together, revived it like a {{Cyborg}} with a mechanized brain and named it Ashura. And his {{Mooks}}? He -or his henchmen- killed people and he turned the corpses into cybernetic slaves programmed to serve him. Now you know what happened to all the people who died in the battles between Mazinger-Z and Hell's Mechanical Beasts.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Ironically, [[PhysicalGod Emperor of Darkness]] did the same thing to [[spoiler:Hell himself,]] turning him into his newest [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': The Vegans [[spoiler:grafted brains of prisoners into their Saucer Beasts]]. Duke got a severe HeroicBSOD when he was told [[spoiler:he technically had killed one friend of his every time he blew up a {{Robeast}}]].
* In ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', this is Kuma's backstory. After nearly being killed when Afro first got the Number 2 Headband back, he's brought back from the brink of death by Dharman and the Empty 7 after being turned into a cyborg-samurai.
* Franchise/SailorMoon:
** The Shitennou were [[TheWisePrince Endymion]]'s Generals before everyone was sent into the future to be reborn and fight [[BigBad Queen Beryl]] in the future. Present day however, they've been brainwashed and now serve her as the QuirkyMiniBossSquad.
** She does this to Tuxedo Mask himself, having Kunzite kidnap him as Sailor Moon is revealed to be Princess Serenity. The irony being, just as she remembers her love for TM and his for her, he is kidnapped, brainwashed, and turned against her.
** It's also the main shtick of [[TheDragon Kunzite]] in the anime version: turning civilians into [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] to try and find the secret identities of the Sailor Soldiers, once doing this to ''Sailor Venus' best friend from London''. Quite ironic, considering he's one of the Shitennou (who in the anime don't appear to have the same backstory as in the manga)...
** That's the origin of the Phages, the Monsters of the Week of the fifth season: as a side effect of having their Starseed extracted, people with a fake Starseed (that is, everyone but the Sailor Soldiers) become a phage.
** In the manga, the Daimons of the Death Busters are civilians (or, sometimes, cats and dogs) who had their souls removed and replaced with beings from the Tau Star System, transforming them into monsters at random times. Note that this is when the process ''fails'': successful Daimons keep a human appearance.
** While the anime used objects as the vessels of the Daimons, we still have two similar examples: Germatoid uses professor Tomoe as host in the anime before leaving him near the end of the season (where in the manga Germatoid ''was'' Tomoe after becoming a Daimon), while a Daimon in Sailor Uranus' and Neptune's flashback was a kid who assumed the form of a failed Daimon.
* Almost everyone in ''Anime/{{Blassreiter}}'', especially when [[spoiler:XAT almost entirely]] was infected with [[NanoMachines Pale Rider]]. Some managed to remember themselves and turn on their would-be "masters" anyway, but most were taken over completely.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Madara Uchiha does this to [[spoiler: Obito Uchiha, turning him into Tobi]]. Notably though, [[spoiler:Obito wasn't {{Brainwashed}}- at most Madara has him under MoreThanMindControl after a DespairEventHorizon caused him to undergo a FaceHeelTurn]].
* In ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'', every Tekkaman is an example. The Radam captured a bunch of explorers and subjected them to a harrowing procedure that infused them with awesome superpowers and a parasite controlling their thoughts. [[spoiler:Takaya aka D-Boy's father used the last of his strength to free Takaya and interrupted the process. As a result, Takaya had the superpowers of a Tekkaman but lacked the mind controlling parasite, but at the cost of going berserk if he stayed transformed too long, possibly because the process was interrupted prematurely.]]
* One of the SequelHook[=s=] of ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' involved Aogiri's plans to do this, using captured Ghoul Investigators for use in [[HalfHumanHybrid hybridization]] experiments. These plans come to fruition [[TimeSkip two years later]], when [[spoiler: Seidou Takizawa]] makes their ''very'' bloody debut as Aogiri's new [[OminousOwl Owl]]. [[spoiler: Formerly the PluckyComicRelief for the human-focused chapters, he performed a HeroicSacrifice trying to protect Amon and was written off as killed in action by his superiors. Driven insane by experimentation and torture, he turns out to be completely aware of his past and hints at a feeling of resentment over being abandoned by his superiors. His [[AlwaysSecondBest inferiority]] [[GreenEyedMonster complex]] has been used to twist him into a vicious killer, encouraging him to seek out and try to kill [[TheHero Sasaki]] to prove himself superior to his predecessor.]]
** But more importantly, this gets strangely subverted, [[spoiler: since Sasaki himself is technically Kaneki who suffers from amnesia]]. Well, if that's subverted or not depends on the viewer, since the CCG can be seen as the BigGood as well as the BigBad. [[BlackAndGrayMorality Somehow]].
* In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', when BigBad Cherubimon is unable to recreate/find a Digimon to wield the powerful Spirits of Darkness, he instead snatches up a wandering human [[spoiler: (or rather, the human's ghost/astral projected soul)]], brainwash him, and force him to take the Spirit instead, creating the terrifyingly powerful Duskmon, who comes damn close to wiping out the season's Digidestined. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Cherubimon, the human he snatched turned out to be Kouichi, one of the heroes' long-lost brother, and that lingering connection keeps him from killing the heroes long enough for them to orchestrate a HeelFaceTurn.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Horsemen of ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} in ''ComicBook/XMen'', particularly Archangel/Death.
* Comicbook/{{Psylocke}} was long thought to be this after she returned from Japan transformed into a psychic ninja assassin. The truth turned out to be a bit more complicated.
* All of the heralds of Comicbook/{{Galactus}} are this.
* ComicBook/IncredibleHulk: Back in TheNineties the Leader used the dead body and mostly dead brain of Thunderbolt Ross to power the Redeemer armor.
* This is the M.O. of supervillain Deathmonger in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', as she is a {{necromancer}}.
* This is what happens to ComicBook/BuckyBarnes, former kid sidekick to ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. He's brainwashed by Soviets and turned into the Winter Soldier, an elite killing machine.
* ComicBook/{{New 52}}:
** This was, ultimately, how Harley Quinn became a villain; ComicBook/TheJoker brought her to the factory where his own transformation had occurred, and forcibly dunked her into the same vat of chemicals, with similar results. (Probably the biggest reason why Harley is far more insane in this version than previous ones, often just as much as he is.)
** In Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s books, Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} came upon a dying Zor-El (Supergirl's father). Brainiac mindwiped Zor-El and rebuilt his body, turning him into the new Cyborg Superman.
* In ''ComicBook/AvengersUndercover'', Alex Wilder, the original leader of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}}, is restored to life as part of a plot to corrupt his ex-girlfriend ComicBook/{{Nico|Minoru}}.
* Ratbat in ''Megatron: Origin'', (a prequel to IDW's [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]] run), is revealed to be a rare villain example. As a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive senator]] he tried to capitalize on Meagtron's rise to power by supplying his then fledgling rebellion with weapons, only to have his minion Soundwave turn on him in favor of Megatron and proceed to 'thank' him for his service by reforging him into one of his cassettes.
** During ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', The DJD's [[spoiler: Pet Turbofox]] was eventually revealed to be an lobotomized [[TheMole Agent 113]], aka [[spoiler: Dominus Ambus]]

* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the classic example of the Winter Soldier. The sequel also has the Red Son, intended to be the successor to the Winter Soldier and made from [[spoiler: Harry.]]
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Combined with GrandTheftPrototype due to the semi-organic nature of the Evas. After Shinji subdued the MP-Evas in 2015, NERV rebuilt them, mind-wiped them and reprogrammed them to serve them.
* This is the SOP of ''all'' the Succubae in ''FanFic/TheReturn'', both the protagonists and the antagonists. The worst offender in it is Alexia though. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even the other demons]] thinks she's excessively evil about it. Sailor Dark [[spoiler:Mercury]] has a similar stance towards recruitment.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Discord did this in [[BadFuture Dark World]] to the Mane Six and the Doctor, turning them into [[CoDragons the Chaos Six]] and [[BigBadWannabe the Valeyard]].
* Variant in the ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' fanfic ''Fanfic/LettersFromTomorrow''. Chloe was always very loyal to Max, but throughout the game she gets herself killed a number of times because she has more bravery than skills. Here, future!Max used her MentalTimeTravel to manipulate Chloe's past in such a way as to turn her into the ultimate badass; encouraging her to exercise and learn how to fight, improving her relationship with her step-dad so that he can teach her how to shoot, and even convincing her to take defensive driving courses, all so that present!Max would have a bodyguard when she needed one. Present!Max is horrified when she realizes what her future self has done, treating her best friend like a tool.

* ''Film/TRONLegacy'': There's a ''reason'' Rinzler never takes off the mask, speaks in a distorted stutter, and... [[spoiler: stops fighting Sam once he realizes that Sam is a User. He's a corrupted Tron.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Emperor Palpatine's conversion of [[{{Yandere}} Anakin]] [[HairTriggerTemper Skywalker]] into the infamous masked {{cyborg}} counts, although Annie had already joined the Dark Side and was significantly weaker afterwards.
* An interesting case in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', where Gru's AdorableEvilMinions are kidnapped and turned into truly EvilMinions by injecting them with PsychoSerum.
* The [[spoiler: ''entire crew'' of the ''Cygnus'']] in ''Film/TheBlackHole''.
* As seen in the Comics folder above, this is what happens to [[spoiler:ComicBook/BuckyBarnes]] in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''.
* In ''Film/{{Troll}}'' Torok transforms the various tenants of the apartment complex into creatures to do his bidding, only Jeanette retains her original appearance after her transformation.
* In ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', Skynet uses this to devastating effect [[spoiler:by converting John Connor into the T-3000, whose strength of will doesn't let him retain his free will, only ensuring that he makes it through the process without being driven catatonically insane]].

* The Taken in ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' are powerful wizards, defeated in battle and remade into powerful servants. The transformation seems to involve death and the victim remains human in shape only at best.
* Zaknafein in the second book of ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'' is reanimated this way by a drow ritual known as zin-carla.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', this was the purpose of all the lesser rings (with the One made to control the resulting minions) but only the human recipients of the Nine were fully corrupted and became the Nazgûl. The Nazgûl themselves also have this ability-being stabbed by one of their Morgul Blades turns the victim into a wraith. It nearly happened to Frodo, if it hadn't been for Glorfindel's (Arwen's in the movie) timely rescue.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the Others raise the dead as wights. It's heavily implied that Qyburn did this to the late [[spoiler:Gregor Clegane, turning him into Ser Robert Strong]].
* ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' does this interestingly. Marsh, older brother of [[RebelLeader Kelsier]], infiltrated the [[CorruptChurch Steel Ministry]] disguised as an acolyte. He attracted the attention of the [[ImplacableMan Steel Inquisitors]], who, [[GoneHorriblyRight owing to how good Marsh's impersonation was]] [[spoiler: had Marsh forcibly converted into an Inquisitor himself, a stomach-churning procedure Marsh certainly did ''not'' sign up for. However, the Inquisitors were not aware that Marsh was a spy, and he was able to retain his personality despite the mind-altering affects of the transformation and betrayed the Inquisitors at a crucial moment, killing their leader Kar and several other high-ups and leading directly to the overthrow of their boss, the Lord Ruler. Unfortunately, the dark god Ruin--ultimate source of the magic that powered the Inquisitors and whom the Lord Ruler had been holding at bay--now gained greater power to affect the world, so he possessed Marsh and made him into TheDragon. So poor Marsh ended up a minion after all, even if it didn't quite work out the way that those who reforged him wanted it to]].
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** Some [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] [[MadScientist Shapers]] tried to do this to [[ActionGirl Tahiri]] in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series (though their primary goal was brainwashing her into believing she was Yuuzhan Vong herself, they also intended to make physical modifications to bring her closer to a Vong physical appearance). Unfortunately for them, Tahiri was rescued and the head Shaper was killed before the process was complete. Unfortunately for Tahiri, there were [[EnemyWithin lingering]] [[SplitPersonality effects]].
** After Darth Vader's physical EmergencyTransformation is complete, ''Literature/DarkLordTheRiseOfDarthVader'' focuses on Darth Sidious's attempt to restore Vader's confidence in himself and fully indoctrinate him into the Dark Side.
* This is how [[BigBad Chytrine]] got her QuirkyMinibossSquad, the ''sullanciri'', in ''The Dragon Crown War''. A group of heroes were sent to kill her, and she captured them, manipulated them into accepting a DealWithTheDevil with her, and then used immensely powerful magic to convert them into {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le undead warriors. The specifics of the transformation varies from ''sullanciri'' to ''sullanciri'' (it's implied to be at least in part PersonalityPowers), ranging from Anarus (WolfMan), to Ganagrei and Tythsai (visibly decaying undead), to Neskartu (wraith-like sorcerer) to Myrall'mara (glowing and ethereal) to Nefrai-kesh, Nefrai-laysh, and Quiarsca (outwardly normal, but with GlowingEyesOfDoom and a bit of UncannyValley about them), but all were physically transformed in some manner, and had their personalities overwritten with ones more in line with what Chytrine wanted in lieutenants; the procedure is apparently [[FateWorseThanDeath unspeakably agonizing]].
* In ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings'', BigBad Akhlaur is a necromancer who possesses a spell that can forcibly convert another wizard into a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] - and place them totally under his control (much to the horror of his BastardUnderstudy, Kiva, who didn't think such a thing was possible and realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew with her attempts to manipulate him). The only victim of the spell on-page is Akhlaur's former friend [[OldMaster Vishna]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the second season of ''Series/DarkAngel'' the formerly dead Zack returns as a cyborg. Sort of like Robocop, only less well-intentioned.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' and ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', Leanbow/Isamu was TheHero of the GreatOffscreenWar twenty years prior, who stayed behind to make sure that [[SealedEvilInACan the seal on the evil can worked]]. This naturally resulted in him being trapped in there with the evil badly wounded from fighting off an army alone, which then took his unconscious body and reforged him into Koragg/Wolzard, their new BlackKnight [[TheDragon dragon]]. Yes, becoming a BlackKnight qualifies as being reforged, it's a transformation rather than a suit of armor, and he stayed in that form the full twenty years until the spell was broken.
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', Joe learns that Walz Gil's bodyguard Barizorg is actually his old friend Sid, whom he thought had sacrificed himself to help him escape, but was actually rebuilt into a cyborg and brainwashed.
* Several of the heroes in the early series of the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise come out of failed attempts to do this, starting with the original one. Of course, there are also villains who are the result of successful attempts.
* [=JackMoon=] from ''Series/MadanSenkiRyukendo'' is a NobleDemon who is set up as TheRival to Kenji Narukami, the eponymous Ryukendo. He dies in what he sees a honorable death against Kenji...only to be rebuilt into the mindless cyborg Mekanimoon by the EvilGenius Baron Bloody. [[spoiler: He does return to his old self after the BigBad is destroyed and dies for real in a PostClimaxConfrontation against his rival Kenji.]]
* In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', the MonsterOfTheWeek in the episode "Prototype" turns out be Wes Keenan who Lois grew up with as a MilitaryBrat, turned into a genetically engineered SuperSoldier for Comicbook/LexLuthor. He was drafted into Afghanistan, severely injured in a battle, and [=LuthorCorp=] retrieved his body. He was officially declared KIA, though he unknowingly made a DealWithTheDevil, with Luthor promising that he will properly serve his country like never before. Luthor had [[WeCanRebuildHim scientists experiment on him]] [[MixAndMatchMan with DNA from several "meteor freaks" and a "Zoner"]] (aliens from Krypton/had contact with Kryptonians), giving him SuperStrength (enough to rival Clark), [[BarrierWarrior barrier projection]], {{Invisibility}} and SuperSpeed. More so, [[{{Brainwashed}} he was conditioned so that he remembers nothing]] [[ThatManIsDead of his old life]], making him a perfect assassin for pesky senators attempting to shut down Luthor...
* Temporarily happened to Captain Picard in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Best of Both Worlds", as he is captured and assimilated by [[HiveMind the Borg]] to serve as their mouthpiece Locutus.
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', His Divine Shadow stabbed Kai, last of the Brunnen-G, after the latter's doomed attempt to defeat him. Believing that Kai deserved a punishment beyond death, the Divine Shadow had Kai's body "decarbonized" making him into a brainwashed undead Divine Assassin. Two thousand years later, this bit the Divine Shadow in the ass when Kai managed to regain his memories and his willpower.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': [[spoiler: Mike Peterson]] is seemingly killed in an explosion by [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Centipede]] in "The Bridge". However, the end of the following episode reveals that he survived, albeit captured, heavily scarred and minus a leg, as well as freshly implanted with a Centipede [[ExplosiveLeash eye device]]. This is built upon two episodes later, as he's given a cybernetic leg in order to move about as [[BigBad The Clairvoyant]]'s new chief enforcer, Deathlok.

* In Music/TheProtomen's RockOpera, after being destroyed by Dr. Wily's robots, Protoman is rebuilt by Wily and returns as the general of Wily's forces, filled with a seething hatred for the humans who simply let him die on their behalf rather than making any attempt to stand up for themselves. Protoman is an interesting case, in that he appears to have joined Wily willingly, without any coercion involved. He's just that bitter.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** In ''Literature/OdysseyCycle Judgment'', Kamahl's friend and mentor [[ Balthor]] is brought back from the dead as a [[ superpowered zombie minion]] after Cabal necromancers find his body post-HeroicSacrifice.
** In the ''Literature/OnslaughtCycle'', Kamahl's ''sister'' gets hit even harder -- she gets transformed into [[ Phage the Untouchable,]] a veritable avatar of death.
** This is the classic modus operandi of the [[TheCorruption Phyrexians]]. For example, Old Phyrexia changed [[ Ertai, Wizard Adept]] into [[ Ertai, the Corrupted]] and [[ Crovax, the Cursed]] into [[ Ascendant Evincar]], while New Phyrexia boasts changing [[ Glissa Sunseeker]] into [[ Glissa, the Traitor]] and [[ Ezuri, Renegade Leader]] into [[ Ezuri, Claw of Progress]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/WarCraft'':
** Death knights in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are a borderline example - they are EliteMooks but the people to be transformed are hand-picked to ensure quality.
** They were this exactly in ''VideoGame/WarCraftII'': slain Azerothian Paladins reanimated into Undead {{Squishy Wizard}}s for the then-evil Horde (albeit possessed by Orc Warlocks). ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'''s Liches are those same Death Knights retransformed into frost magic users (though they kept the Death and Decay spell), and the new generation of Death Knights are human nobles reanimated as melee heroes with [[LightningBruiser a much better survival rate]].
** Arthas' transformation from Paladin to Death Knight isn't shown, but it definitely involves this.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'': [[spoiler:Porky uses the body of Claus, your brother who goes missing at the end of Chapter 1, for creating his cyborg [[TheDragon henchman]]]].
* Sarah Kerrigan is corrupted to serve the Zerg Overmind in the original ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft|I}}'' (and that she [[DragonAscendant eventually emerges on top]]).
** Lorewise, Infected Terrans from ''Starcraft'' and ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' are this.
** The Queen of Blades took a psychically gifted Terran woman, a medic named Amanda Haley, and transformed her into [[WasOnceAMan Izsha]] at some point between ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftBroodWar Brood War]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty Wings of Liberty]]''.
* ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' eventually reveals that this happened in the [[BlackKnight Darkshine Knight]]'s backstory (assuming you picked Duran as your main character, anyways) - namely, [[spoiler: the [[BigBad Dragon Emperor]] used his magic to [[CameBackWrong revive]] the knight Loki ([[NamesTheSame no, not]] [[Myth/NorseMythology that one]]) after the two of them dropped into a bottomless pit during a struggle, and [[NeverFoundTheBody neither was ever found]]]].
* While it's technically more of an UnwittingPawn, in ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' [[spoiler: the PlayerCharacter]] is really one of the heroes who defeated the previous Overlord after being recovered after a NoOneCouldSurviveThat.
* Mu-12's origin in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. [[spoiler: More specifically, she's Noel Vermillion [[note]]Who it turns out was an ArtificialHuman who was created for the purpose. There are roughly 10 identical copies of her (who were "failures"), plus Lambda-11 and Nu-13 who were successfully completed.[[/note]]. Terumi/Hazama mind raped her into [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds nihilism]], finished the process of turning her into a cyborg killing machine and [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight sicked her on Ragna]]. All just as a brief distraction so he could kill a god.]] This far from the only time Relius and Hazama invoke this trope, either;
** The ending of the second game also implies that Hazama and Relious Clover did this to [[spoiler: Ragna and Jin's apparently dead little sister Saya]] to use as some sort of pupper ruler/vessel for a higher power.
** The Extended edition also all but says that Hazama's minion "Phantom" is [[spoiler: Konoe A. Mercury AKA Nine, one of the six heroes.]]
** In "Phase 1" [[spoiler: the protagonist Kazuma Kval]] merges with [[spoiler: Terumi (essentially just being a physical body for him) to create Hazama]].
** In ''Chrono Phantasma'', [[spoiler:Izanami the Goddess of Death using Saya as a vessel]] does this to [[spoiler:Ragna, making him her slave]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'': [[spoiler: Ishi's fate, if you stayed after the credits. Although the screen remains black, the dialogue is implies that the Big Bad not only survived, but managed to patch up Ishi after his heroic sacrifice, and cranked his soulless AI to 11]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/QuakeIV''. Halfway through the game, protagonist Matthew Kane is captured by the [[{{Cyborg}} Stroggs]] and turned into one of them. However, Kane's fellow EDF soldiers come and rescue him before the Stroggs can indoctrinate him.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'': Not only is Death's Hand ''not'' the BigBad, or even close to it, it turns out that he's the [[spoiler: spirit of the Emperor and Sun Li's youngest brother, mortally wounded at Dirge and magically bound to Sun Li's armor]].
* The Dark Side ending to ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheForceUnleashed'' has the mortally wounded Starkiller turned into something even ''worse'' than Vader and sent out as an assassin, with Palpatine making it clear that as soon as he has outlived his usefulness, then he will die…but not before.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', [[spoiler:all of the Faces are examples of this trope, most notably Mumkhar, Fiora, and Gadolt. They're cybernetically altered Homs who pilot giant robots, rather than autonomous Mechon. This renders them immune to the Monado, but susceptible to any and all BrainwashedAndCrazy-related tropes]].
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Rare heroic example: happens to Shepard at the beginning of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Notably, the Illusive Man didn't bother installing any real {{Restraining Bolt}}s, trusting instead in Shepard's gratitude and their mutual goals to ensure that he/she would work for him post-resurrection. Whether he's right depends on the player's choices, although [[spoiler: he's ultimately proven wrong in the third game]]. Shepard can also be made to pay lip service to the idea that Cerberus is working for ''him/her'' instead of the other way around.
** If Shepard fails to rescue her in time in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', this will happen to [[spoiler: Jack]]. It also potentially happens to [[spoiler: Legion]], but only if you [[spoiler: sent their platform to Cerberus]] without ever getting to know them in the first place. [[spoiler:Morinth]] will also show up as a banshee if she was alive at the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
* This happens to [[spoiler:Nabooru]], courtesy of Koume and Kotake, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. She is forced to act as an enhanced Iron Knuckle.
* In ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', [[spoiler:Gig used to be the benevolent Master of Death of Haephnes Vigilance. He was slain by Median and had his soul reforged by Drazil into its current OmnicidalManiac form]]. Ironically, the protagonist, even on the heroic path, is perfectly capable of beating up and press-ganging people in the street should they want to; and three secret characters can be challenged, defeated, and dominated into your army, despite their protests.
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'', any prisoner who dies in your dungeon will be raised as a loyal [[DemBones skeleton soldier]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'', those who are stabbed by the Morgul Blades of the Nazgul eventually become the red-robed Cargul, lesser wraiths under the control of the Nine, as happens to [[spoiler:the Ranger Amdir]]. Ivar the Blood-hand, one of the Gaunt-lords, is particularly fond of doing this, and does this with an evil Dwarf-lord named Skorgrim Dourhand in the finale of the Elf and Dwarf introductory quests.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games have this. As a general rule, once you've slain a boss or midboss, regardless of its previous allegiance or alignment, you can summon it as a new minion at the right level. [[spoiler:As an example, in ''Nocturne'', you can slay Metatron, the Voice of God... and force it into your service ''against'' God's representative in the Vortex World. Another good example is Futomimi, the Manikins' seer. Instead of reviving him as a Manikin, he returns as a demon.]] As an added bonus, with careful tinkering, you can slap any moves you want on them.
** [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI The first]] [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII two games]] have some mechanical limitations, however; the protagonist can ''fuse'' any demon as long as they have a high enough level, but the alignment system prevents lawful protagonists from ''summoning'' chaotic demons and vice versa. All bets are off on the Neutral alignment, however; Neutral protagonists can summon any demon.
** Poor [[spoiler: [[TheHero Flynn]]]]. In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', there exists a route where [[spoiler: the protagonist Nanashi has to kill him because the BigBad is possessing his body. Fair enough. But after killing him, your only remaining ally resurrects him as a mindless puppet devoted to only Nanashi. If that's not bad enough, it's possible (but not mandatory, due to the game mechanics) to use him to [[MoralEventHorizon slaughter the people of Tokyo]], whom he vowed to protect]].
* In ''Videogame/NeverwinterNights2'' after [[TheStarscream Black Garius']] death, he and the priests who were helping him are resurrected by [[BigBad The King of Shadows]] as Shadow Reavers, immensely powerful undead beings who act as The King's main agents for the rest of the game.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'': Due to most of the Earthrealm warriors dying in [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 the previous game]], Quan Chi turned them into [[CameBackWrong undead and brainwashed revenants.]] [[spoiler:Granted, Raiden does manage to restore a few of them [[BackFromTheDead to life]], but Scorpion [[RevengeBeforeReason unwittingly dooms the remaining fallen heroes by killing off Quan Chi without understanding why he was needed]]. During the 25-year gap, some of them begin to appreciate their status as revenants, with Liu Kang and Kitana willfully asserting themselves as Quan Chi and later on, Shinnok's CoDragons. And after Shinnok is reduced to a mere head by a [[CameBackWrong now-corrupted]] [[FaceHeelTurn Raiden]], [[DragonAscendant Liu Kang and Kitana]] take control of the Netherrealm.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' both contain the Dreadlords, 12 [[EliteMooks immortal warrior souls]] who posses the bodies of powerful fallen warriors. ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' will use allies who you either [[PlayerPunch failed to protect or were not recruited]], while ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' implies the BadFuture versions possessed [[EverybodysDeadDave the allies who were killed by the]] BigBad.
* In ''VideoGame/WildStar,'' the Eldan security systems of Nexus are fond of using Augmentation to turn would-be hostiles to their side.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', this is what [[BigBad Evil Ed]] does to all the VideoGame/{{lemmings}} except Lomax, turning them into all sorts of monsters.
* ''VideoGame/Injustice2'':
** [[spoiler:If the player picks the "Absolute Power" ending, Superman not only kills ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} and bonds with his ship, he also condemns Batman to a FateWorseThanDeath by turning him into a [[UnwillingRoboticisation brainwashed robotic minion]] and threatens Supergirl with a similar fate if she refuses to become TheDragon to his new Regime. It's implied that he also turned Batman's allies and members of the Society into cybernetic minions in his arcade ending.]]
** [[spoiler:Gorilla Grodd does a similar thing in his Arcade ending, where he [[TheStarscream betrays Brainiac]] and uses his technology to not only enhance his telekinetic powers, but also turn Batman and his allies into brainwashed cyborgs just like Superman did in his ending.]]
** [[spoiler:In Darkseid's Arcade ending, not only does the tyrannical Lord of Apokolips kill Superman to avenge the death of his son Kalibak, he also turns Supergirl into a [[TheDragon brainwashed]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Female Fury]], complete with EvilCostumeSwitch that is very similar to the one she wore in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse'' during her stint as Darkseid's minion.]]
* [[spoiler: Peashy]] of ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'' was [[spoiler: kidnapped and forced into amnesia by one of the villains after she ate a certain apotheosis-inducing item from another one of the villains, becoming a CPU as a result. Neptune and Plutia invoke an IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight using various items to trigger her dormant memories, (though they have to weaken her first)]].
* In ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'', this is how you make Freaks: dipping a body bag into your Bio-Tanks induces a terrifying resurrection, and the result is peak DumbMuscle -- a Freak's ''maximum'' Attention is still too low to avoid your own traps. [[spoiler:This is also how you permanently dispose of Dirk "Totally Not {{Franchise/Rambo}}" Masters. Turns out he's hopped up on tons of illegal steroids, and the chemicals in your Bio-Tanks cause a delightful DangerousPhlebotinumInteraction.]]
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfSuperHeroes'': The SecretCharacter known as Shadow Lady is [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] from an AlternateUniverse where she was forcibly turned into a [[UnwillingRoboticisation brainwashed cybernetic minion]] for Shadaloo. Before she was forcibly roboticized, Chun-Li routinely foiled Shadaloo's plans at every turn, and in retaliation, Shadaloo kidnapped, experimented and {{cyborg}}ized her for the sake of turning her into a pawn against Interpol. When the task was completed, they turned her into a living weapon, complete with a new name and transformed her into M. Bison's [[TheDragon top operative]]. Unlike Shadow--a roboticized Charlie Nash, who escaped shortly after being transformed--Shadaloo added a RestrainingBolt to Shadow Lady's programming and internal systems so the cyborg would [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul remain fully obedient and loyal to Bison]], and complete her missions by having her body be remotely controlled, essentially making her a [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action]] RobotGirl. As Shadow Lady, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Chun-Li's formerly cheerful personality was obliterated, and her body's physiology altered so it]] [[EmotionlessGirl experienced no emotion apart from being a ruthless but highly effective killing machine]] and assassin for Shadaloo - in essence, she is essentially a completely different person inhabiting her body and mind (being more machine than human), and serves as nothing but a weapon against her former allies and Interpol. It's also been implied that deep down, [[AndIMustScream the old Chun-Li is still there on some level]], and is at least partially aware of what she has done. Even if her allies ever managed to revive her, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Chun-Li would have to deal with the]] [[HeelRealization guilt of being a tool for Shadaloo]], not to mention the fact that [[RealityEnsues being a brainwashed robotic minion wouldn't go away overnight]] should she become a good person again. Aside from retaining a few moves from her non-cyborgified variant, she has built-in high tech weaponry, and all of this was augmented to her robotic body, like the T-X from the ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' series, thus making her more faster and stronger than Shadow, but at the cost of becoming a brainwashed minion for Shadaloo. She shoots [[HomingProjectile homing]]/[[MissileLockOn heat-seeking missiles]] from [[BackpackCannon her back]], thrusts forward with [[ThisIsADrill a drill]], encases herself in a [[ShockAndAwe electric barrier]] (that also [[DeflectorShield deflects attacks]] and stuns opponents), miniaturized Vernier thrusters in her feet that enable her to jump much higher (and allow her to kick more rapidly) and fires a large beam ([[ArmCannon Big Bang Laser]]) from [[HandBlast her palms]]. [[spoiler:In her ending however, she manages to [[HeroicWillpower overcome Shadaloo's brainwashing,]] [[HeelFaceTurn regain her original memories as Chun-Li]], and join forces with Shadow in taking down Shadaloo. Despite this, she retains her robotic parts even after the brainwashing broke.]]
* Amélie Lacroix from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' was the civilian wife of Overwatch agent Gérard Lacroix, who foiled the terrorist organization Talon's plans at every turn. So she was kidnapped, tortured, brainwashed, and experimented on for the sake of killing him. When the task was completed, they turned her into a living weapon, complete with a new name: Widowmaker.
* Attempted on Tails by the Zeti in ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''. Fortunately, due to them not bothering to stick around to observe the process and a handy toothpick, Tails was able to turn the tables on them.
* One of the ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecroDancer'' bosses, the Dead Ringer, is [[spoiler:Cadence's father, Dorian, who disappeared several years prior to the game.]] Following his defeat, he assists Cadence in fighting the Necrodancer, who [[PuzzleBoss literally]] cannot be defeated alone.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', when Karnak takes over in hell, he transforms the damned knight [[spoiler: Sigfried]] to serve him as TheDragon. This bites him in the ass when his new servant regains his free will through a freak magical accident and goes on to overthrow him.
* The Platonic Solid, a spark modified mace, is able to do this horrifyingly and devastatingly quickly in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. It turns a group of attacking knights into skeletal forms with glowing eyes that [[ serve the Storm King and show no signs of their maintaining their previous identities and loyalties.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Subverted when Tsukiko rants about turning [[spoiler: Miko Miyazaki]] into a Death Knight, but quickly changes her mind on seeing the [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe condition of the corpse]]. This is partly a TakeThat at fan speculation that something like this would happen.
** Played straight when [[spoiler: Malack kills Durkon]] and raises him as an enslaved vampire, who is kept in thrall until [[spoiler:Malack's]] death. Though [[spoiler:Malack]] mentions freeing him when circumstances are better, [[spoiler:this only gives mental autonomy to the evil spirit possessing Durkon's soul and corpse, but leaves Durkon's spirit trapped]].
* Xaos's sword in ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' does this instead of killing what it stabs.
* Evan, Ethan's [=McAwesome's=] counterpart in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', was killed by a bomb planted by Sydney Yus and thrown out of the store by Ultra-Car, then brought back as a cyborg by Sydney to get revenge on U.C. (It makes as much sense as anything Sydney does.)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* F.O.W.L. tried to do this to [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Taurus Bulba]] on ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. [[EvilIsNotAToy He's... not exactly happy about it.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', Mozenrath turned the evil wizard who trained him into one of his [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Mamluk]] minions.
* Galvatron in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' is a literal example. Interestingly, the reforging completely failed to make him loyal, or even more evil; all it did was change his appearance and abilities, and make him significantly more AxCrazy. The BigBad had to resort to repeated psychic torture to get anything resembling obedience.
** Two scientists [[FantasticRacism who hate all Transformers]] due to an attack from the Decepticons leaving one's daughter crippled attempt to do this when they recover the body of Optimus Prime, by keeping him powered by some experimental spores containing a HatePlague that would leave him insane and murderous. When their attempt to repair him fails, they decide to do the next best thing and lure the Autobots to their lab to recover his body, so they can expose them to the spores directly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', The Joker turns out to have done this to [[spoiler:Tim Drake]], in a way that marks his definitive crossing of the MoralEventHorizon in the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse. [[spoiler:After capturing him while he was on patrol, Joker proceeded to horribly torture and brainwash the poor kid over an extended period, eventually turning him into "Joker Junior." The brainwashing held out until Batman and Joker's final battle when Joker ordered Tim to finish Batman off, only for Tim to kill Joker instead, although it took a year of psychotherapy to bring Tim back to himself after this.]]
* In the sequel series to ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', Megatron has turned tons of garden-variety transformers into mindless mooks, and two out of the three members of his QuirkyMinibossSquad are ex-heroes who have been reforged into new bodies/personalities.
* Graft in ''WesternAnimation/{{Phantom 2040}}'', rebuilt as a {{Cyborg}} by the series' CorruptCorporateExecutive BigBad.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossTheSecondDimension'', in the other dimension [[spoiler: Perry the Platypus]] is captured and turned into [[spoiler: Perry the Platyborg]], general of Doofenshmirtz's army.
* The Psychocrypt in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''. The victim has his LifeEnergy removed, placed in a SoulJar, and the "jar" used to power a high-level {{Mook|s}} through which [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Her Travesty]] has a PsychicLink. ''Anything'' the poor bastard might have known is free for her to rummage through and use as a weapon, while they're conscious and unable to do anything about it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', the robotized Mobians are this.
* Sterling's rival Barry in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', [[WeCanRebuildHim rebuilt as a cyborg]] by Soviet ([[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp er... Russian?]]) Superscience. Subverted in that he betrays his superior, and usurps the position as head of the KGB (only to be replaced himself in his absence).
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'': Repurposing takes programs and changes their directive, not necessarily their personality, and makes them loyal to Clu. The victims get their TronLines changed to Red, and their ailments removed. It was done to Tron's security team, among thousands of other programs, as well as Cutler. It was almost done to Tron, and may have been done to Dyson, though by all accounts he probably volunteered.
* For season three of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' after Uncle imprisons his original dark chi warriors Daolon Wong turns Chow, Finn, and Ratso into his new dark chi warriors to replace them, he later does the same to Hak Foo, they remain this way until Uncle finally defeats Wong in a chi battle.