: A character is fighting monsters but eventually becomes one.
- Straight: John, one of the lead survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse, is turned into a zombie.
- Exaggerated: John, the last survivor of the Zombie Apocalypse, is turned into a zombie at the end of the movie.
- Downplayed: John stands up to the school bullies but ends up joining their gang in the third act.
- Inverted: One of the zombies is injected with the cure to The Virus. Humanity Ensues.
- Subverted: John is bitten by a zombie, but does not become one, either because he is immune or because he took the cure to The Virus beforehand.
- Double Subverted: ...However, a horde of zombies attack John, who is subsequently bitten by so many of them that the anti-virus is no longer effective.
- Parodied: John, a lazy, inarticulate and inexplicably still-alive survivor of the zombie apocalypse becomes a lazy, inarticulate, unnoticeably undead victim of the zombie apocalypse. Bonus points if living characters keep him around because his infection makes pretty much no difference, as long as nobody puts their fingers in his mouth.
- Zig Zagged: John was bitten by a Vampire, And Then John Was a Zombie.
- Averted: John either survives the Zombie Apocalypse or is killed, but either way he does not become a zombie.
- Enforced: "Everybody Lives...that's too boring. How can we add some dramatic tension? WAIT! I'VE GOT IT!!"
- Lampshaded: "One day he was fighting by our side...the next...he was bitten, And Then John Was a Zombie!"
- Invoked: The Big Bad releases The Virus specifically to make John a zombie.
- Exploited: John allows himself to get bitten by a zombie, hoping he has the willpower to fight off the horde with his newfound abilities.
- Defied: John is injected with the cure to The Virus just before it's too late.
- Discussed: "No, John didn't die. He turned into a zombie."
- Conversed: "...and then John was a zombie. Wow, way to add some emotional value!"
...and then you went back to And Then John Was a Zombie