Playing With: Was Once a Man
: A monster who used to be human.
- Straight: "The Evil Thing" used to be Bob Throperz, an ordinary man.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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