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Playing With: Was Once a Man
Basic Trope: A monster who used to be human.
  • Straight: "The Evil Thing" used to be Bob Throperz, an ordinary man.
  • Exaggerated:
    • All monsters were once humans.
    • "The Evil Thing" is so hideous and misshapen, you would never have guessed he was human until he told you so.
  • Downplayed: Bob becoming Alice is treated as this.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob is a human who used to be a monster.
  • Subverted: The Evil Thing was always a monster.
  • Double Subverted: The Evil Thing was lying.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob gets turned into a cute bunny rabbit. Or, a friendly monster character mentions in passing that it used to be human, but didn't much like it.
    • The monster was once named "A. Man", but had it legally changed.
    • "The Evil Thing" was once a man, despite being a woman.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob keeps repeatedly changing between his human form and his monster form.
  • Averted:
    • Bob stays human.
    • No monsters were previously human.
  • Enforced: The writers wanted to give a psychological aspect to the horror by having it being once a man.
  • Lampshaded: "That thing... it wasn't always like this."
  • Invoked: Bob does everything he needs to do to become "The Evil Thing".
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Knowing that there is a very real chance that he may turn into a monster, Bob seeks to prevent it.
  • Discussed: "Oh my god... now we know what happened to Bob."
  • Conversed: "In stories like this, the most inhuman monsters were all once humans."

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