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:
  • 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: ...Or so everyone thinks. It turns out The Evil Thing is so far gone it doesn't even remember being a man.
  • Parodied:
  • 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: Since Bob used to be human, Alice obtaining this information lets her know that he still has a mostly-human psyche and makes it easier to talk to him.
  • 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."
  • Deconstructed: Bob has a very hard time convincing anyone that he used to be a human. As such, he is no longer allowed access to his favorite places because of their humans-only policy.

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