'''Basic Trope''': The shapeshifter transforms back to true form upon death.
* '''Straight''': Maxine, the werewolf, gets shot in the head with a silver bullet and turns to her human form upon death.
* '''Exaggerated''': Maxine, who had been exposed to a lethal amount of GreenRocks and transformed into a [[{{Kaiju}} gigantic]], [[BodyHorror disgusting]], and [[OurMonstersAreWeird bizarre]] monster, is finally destroyed by the army with a [[NukeEm tactical mini-nuke]]. However, as her mutated parts crumble away, her lifeless, but cleansed of corruption, human body emerges from it [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished without a single scratch]].
* '''Downplayed''': Maxine, the vampire, loses her fangs, her skin recovers her tone and her [[PaintItBlack previously pitch-black hair]] returns to her original color after her heart is impaled by a stake.
* '''Justified''': Maxine's transformation is a [[PsychoactivePowers psychoactive power]]; once her brain functions ceased, she could no longer sustain the change.
* '''Inverted''':
** Maxine, the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]], gets shot in the head and starts to [[ShapeshifterSwanSong erratically change shapes]] before dying as an amorphous amalgamation of all the forms she even took.
** Maxine dies in her werewolf form, and comes back to life as a human.
* '''Subverted''':
** When Maxine drops dead, for a moment it looks as if she were returning to her human form, but the process suddenly reverses and she dies as a full werewolf.
** Maxine dies on a transitory form between human and werewolf.
** Maxine dies and remains a werewolf. [[MrExposition Dr. Van Helping]] clarifies that going back to human happens while in a state of agony, but Maxine suffered an instant death.
** Maxine begins to transform back into human, but when the hunters approach her they realize that it is because the sun is beginning to rise. She is still alive.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...However, when the doctors check back her body to perform the autopsy, she has finally reverted to her human form.
* '''Parodied''':
** After [[EventheGuysWantHim Adonis]] [[MeaningfulName Narcissus]] dies by tripping with a {{banana peel}}, all the plastic surgeries and the bodybuilding he did on himself starts to undo, revealing the [[{{Gonk}} goofy appearance]] he had before becoming a film super-star.
** Maxine is given a brutal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. When she begins to transform back into human, she angrily snaps "Wait, I'm not dead yet!" and quickly returns to her beast form.
* '''Zig Zagged''': whether or not a werewolf returns to their original human shape is completely random. In fact, some shape shift into human or animal shapes that aren't theirs once dead!
* '''Averted''': Maxine gets shot in the head with a silver bullet and dies in her werewolf form.
* '''Enforced''':
** The actress that played Maxine under the werewolf makeup wanted to show her real face at least once, so that fans could recognize her to ask her for autographs and stuff.
** The authors wanted it to be harder for the heroes to reveal that werewolves are real.
** Alternatively, this is in place as a plausible reason to maintain the in-universe {{Masquerade}}.
** Maxine is MsFanservice and the producers didn't want to pass on a last opportunity to show her naked, even if it was [[{{Squick}} lying on the ground with a bullet on the head.]]
* '''Lampshaded''': "It would be easier to kill werewolves if they didn't transform into [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman something so similar to us]] when they perish. [[VanHelsingHateCrimes It makes me feel sick]]."
* '''Invoked''': The anti-werewolf weapons work by attacking the anomalous cells, effectively destroying the mutation but killing the subject in the process. This is useful to identify those carrying {{the virus}} in order to find the source.
* '''Exploited''': Maxine was {{mode lock}}ed into her werewolf form as result of a powerful curse/virus/etc. However, now that her body has reverted to her original state, her friends can try to [[BackFromTheDead revive her]] as a human.
* '''Defied''': Maxine doesn't want her killers to find out her human identity, because that would compromise the safety of her werewolf comrades; so she either rigs her body to be obliterated as she dies or with her last strength she finds an impromptu way to destroy it.
* '''Discussed''': "Killing Maxine won't be the hard part. That'll come later, when we help her family bury her human corpse."
* '''Conversed''': "Wait, if killing a werewolf turns them human, how come the HunterOfMonsters has werewolf skull trophies?"
* '''Deconstructed''': That Maxine turned human represents the evil not of lycanthropy, but of Mina, the HunterOfMonsters who killed her. Regardless of whether Maxine herself was evil or wanted to be killed to protect others, Mina has committed murder and is just as much a killer as the beast she slew. Potentially a ''worse one.'' Furthermore, a human corpse means she's now a wanted fugitive.
* '''Reconstructed''': As Mina suffers a HeroicBSOD over Maxine's dying and reverting body, she manages to comfort Mina by revealing that the reason she is turning human is that she is [[DiedHappilyEverAfter dying at peace]]. She can rest easy because Mina stopped her from killing others, and since the curse of the werewolf has no hold over a peaceful spirit she expelled it. Armed with this knowledge, Mina stops crying and will try to cure other werewolves she encounters first.
* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': Prior to Maxine's death, the characters thought that the metamorphosis into werewolf was irreversible, but this phenomenon indicated there must be a way to undo it, therefore, they could find a cure for their transformed comrades.
* '''Played For Laughs''': After Maxine drops "dead", her [[FoeYay former "enemy"]] (and {{hopeless suitor}}!) embraces [[{{Fanservice}} her naked body]] as he cries an [[OcularGushers exagerated stream of tears]]. But suddenly she says: "[[NotQuiteDead I'm not dead]] you frikkin idiot! And take your hands off me you creep!" before punching the lights out of him. While dazed, he still manages to say: "[[FriendlyEnemy Heh heh, sorry about that, same time next month then?]]" [[PartingFromConsciousnessWords before falling unconscious]].
* '''Played For Drama''': After Maxine is mortally wounded [[FaceHeelDoorSlam in a fight against an enemy werewolf]], she looks for her brother Maximus in order [[DyingAsYourself to apologize for the crimes]] she committed while she was a mindless beast. He watches her sister returning to her original, but [[DeathByDisfigurement now horribly maimed]], as she [[DiedInYourArmsTonight passes away in his arms]].
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