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A non-human character in a series, often an animal, is turned into a human. The major difference between this and Pinocchio Syndrome is that the transformed character doesn't want to be human. Such changes are, more often than not, involuntarily forced upon them, like the inverse of a Baleful Polymorph.

Sometimes, immediately after such transformation follows a Humans Through Alien Eyes sequence as the newly transformed inspects their new, strange foreleg extremities with five wriggling tentacles, the strange growth infecting the very top of their body and the bizarre inability to see in ultraviolet.

Once experiencing what it's like, the creature often can't wait to turn back to normal. The most common version of this trope will involve cats, due to the sly assumption that cats already think they're the best creatures, and also... well, you know. This can also be a Cool and Unusual Punishment for supernatural beings, as the loss of their powers forces them to be Brought Down to Normal. If the character is a nonhuman who hates the human race this may be a Karmic Transformation as they discover Being Human Sucks.


If the change is voluntary, the character only occasionally puts up with it for the sake of convenience. Very often, they are simply so bad at acting human that it's better for everyone that they aren't.

Sometimes the character flips between both, and has no specific problems with it, but does it selectively because it makes other characters feel more comfortable. This trope preferentially happens to the Non-Human Sidekick, where it can't be permanent because it might disrupt the premise of the character.

Naturally, the mascot-dominated demographics of Shōnen and shoujo will result in the transformation into a character who is incredibly adorable or attractive, providing eye candy for the audience while not invoking romantic notions in the established cast.

See also A Form You Are Comfortable With. Compare Become a Real Boy, in which attaining humanity is a central plot point, and Anthropomorphic Transformation, where the animal simply gains human-like traits without becoming fully human. Contrast Animorphism, which is kind of the opposite (humans turn into non-humans). May result in Alien Among Us or a Shapeshifting Lover. Contrast Humanity Is Infectious, where it's the human mindset that is catchy.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The titular Nuku-Nuku of All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku was originally a cat, but her brain was implanted in a robot body to save her, also giving her human-level intelligence (so technically an Uplifted Animal). She's not technically human, but that's not apparent unless her robotic cat ears are up.
  • Played with in Bleach, where Yoruichi first appears as a snarky, deep-voiced cat, but is later revealed to be a hot, dark-skinned woman.
  • Cube×Cursed×Curious provides an unusual variant, in that the ones gaining human forms are inanimate objects. Still, the idea is the same.
  • Also the entire premise of The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, where the Devil, his loyal underling, and his sworn enemy are transported to modern Japan, lose their powers, and become broke young adults working as minimum-wage employees.
    • "Are these... human hands?"
    • In a subversion of the trope normally having them return to their original forms at the end of the arc, they all end up deciding that they are actually much happier living ordinary lives as humans. Since their enemies aren't content to leave them alone, they're forced to use their demonic forms anyway...but only as a Super Mode when they have to fight; humanity remains their default form.
  • Inverted in Digimon Frontier; one of the main themes is of the human children coming to terms with their new identities as digimon. For example, this theme becomes apparent in one episode in which Duskmon inflicts a Lotus-Eater Machine on Takuya, sending him back to the human world, on the day he left for the digital world, in the form of a childlike digimon. Due to this, Takuya starts to realise that he's no longer completely human.
  • This trope is the premise behind DNA wa Oshiete Kurenai - animals all over the world have suddenly transformed into cute young girls with animal attributes, and they attend a research and training facility where they learn about humans.
  • Mink's goal throughout Dragon Half is getting her hands on the magical People Potion and becoming pure human as opposed to a Half-Human Hybrid. In the end, this trope happens to elf-girl Lufa, when Mink gives her the potion in order to restore her after she's turned into a toad.
  • Katy the cat in The Fantastic Adventures of Unico wants to be a witch, so the kind-hearted little unicorn transforms her into a human girl (complete with cute outfit!). Katy doesn't believe Unico transformed her, so he returns her to her original form and refuses to make her human again because she's selfish (well, she is a cat). After Katy saves the life of the old woman she thought was a witch, Unico changes her back into a human.
    • Similarly, Kukuru the Big Bad of Unico and the Magic Island is a simple puppet who willed himself to life through sheer anger and hatred (and sunlight) to avenge his abandonment by humans.
  • The Fox & Little Tanuki: The various youkai characters are capable of taking on human forms to better get around human society. Inexperienced characters like Manpachi have a little trouble getting it right, as their tails show.
  • The Fruit of Evolution: Two of the members of Seiichi's harem started out as animals before evolving into humans. Saria was a pink gorilla who turned into a gorgeous redhead upon being fatally impaled while protecting Seiichi, and is able to switch between both forms at will from then on. Meanwhile, Rurune was a talking donkey and became human when she ate some Evolution Fruit seeds. Unlike Saria, she cannot revert to her donkey form.
  • Ponta of Guru Guru Pon-chan becomes human by eating a magic bone.
  • The plot of Inumimi - the protagonist's father turns their three pet dogs into human girls.
  • In Kanon, Makoto is an updated version of the Japanese kitsune fox-woman, a fox who takes female human form to seduce a man.
  • One significant difference between Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation is that the Materials were changed to being Yuri's pet cats-turned-familiars in the latter. Levi even complains that human bodies are less convenient after regaining her memories.
  • In Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, all of the nonhuman races of Alma Torran, save the Dragons and the Red Lions, were turned into humans when they crossed over into the new world. Most of the present day humans are their descendants.
  • Mahou no Mako-chan revolves around a mermaid who becomes a human girl in order to find the boy she loves (it IS a loose adaptation of The Little Mermaid, after all).
  • In the Not Safe for Work manga Manatsu no Yoru no Yume, the hero's pet rabbit is transformed into a human girl after he wishes for a girlfriend on Tanabata night.
  • Hippo in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is a penguin that, when he has been living on the surface long enough, attains an alternate form of a cute little boy. Oddly enough, he finds his human form ugly and his penguin form attractive. Additionally, the Dark Lovers are actually sea animals turned into humans. Same with the Black Beauty Sisters, who become kemonomimi instead.
  • At the end of Mini Moni The Movie: Okashi na Daibōken!, the four fairies become human children after the spells wear off.
  • In Moriking, the king candidates and their soldados suddenly evolve into human form as part of their mutations to take part in the battle to become King of the Forest. For the most part, all of them take it surprisingly well and adapt to human life pretty easily, with Moriking and Oki happily being their owner's pets while Oka blends in as an ordinary teenage girl.
  • In Niku Kyu, the hero's cat turns into a Catgirl. He's not very happy about it (mainly because his parents are forcing him to marry her in the belief that she is a god who will bless them).
  • Onegai My Melody:
    • Kuromi in episode 23, her goal being to seduce Keiichi. He actually seems to be very attracted to "Kurumi Nui" (as she calls herself), but she is forced to flee in the middle of the dance in order return to the spell-casting circle before all the magical candles blow out, otherwise she'd be turned into a tapir.
    • In another episode, Mana's pet frog Kojiro got turned into a human boy. He retained amphibian strengths and weaknesses like leaping ability and sensitivity to cold. He declared his love for Mana and kissed her before getting changed back.
  • Tony Tony Chopper of One Piece is a textbook example of the mascot variant. He got this way from eating the Human Human fruit, and unlike most examples of this trope, prefers to stay in his hybrid form.
    • Notably, while his "human" form is humanoid, it is roughly 10 ft tall and covered in fur, making him resemble a sasquatch more than anything else.
  • The title character of Princess Tutu is a duck who is granted the power to transform into a human, and then again into a Magical Girl. Her name in Japanese is, in fact, Duck (Ahiru), and she regains her duck form whenever she accidentally lets slip a quack.
  • Subversion in Ranma ½: most animals don't care much about being turned into humans (or even other animals, for that matter.) The creatures conquered and captured by the Musk Dynasty, however, are justified in their hostility by virtue of being naturally aggressive, powerful beasts that take issue with being domesticated in the first place; the rage they express after being dunked in the Spring of Drowned Girl and locked in the form of women comes less from the shock of being human than from simply wanting to rip their captors a new one. Played for laughs in the backstory of the Japanese Nanniichuan arc, where a traveling monk created a Nanniichuan outlet in Japan and threw all the naughty foxes that were plaguing a specific precinct into its water... only for them to come out as equally naughty men, so the people were if anything worse off than before.
    • In the second Non-Serial Movie, Nihao, My Concubine, the Traveling Landmass of Togenkyo has a unique magical spring on it that transforms any living creature it touches into a human man, regardless of species or gender. Animals turned into human men by its touch remain a Little Bit Beastly in appearance, and vary in intelligence; the Dragons of the film consist of a monkey-man named Sarutoru, a rooster-man named Toristan, and a dog-man named Wonton, and whilst Sarutoru and Toristan are highly intelligent and fully civilized, Wonton is the group's Dumb Muscle. The Big Bad also demonstrates the spring's power by pouring it on a coconut crab, which in classic Ranma 1/2 fashion doesn't even seem to realize it's become human.
  • In the Sailor Moon franchise:
    • Luna the cat is capable of attaining a human form in every permutation of the franchise. In The '90s anime, she turns into an adult human briefly in the S Movie, which was based on an arc in the manga where she also attained human form. In the manga, she does so more than once, as do her fellow cats Artemis (her lover) and Diana (their child). In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, however, her human form is that of a young child.
    • In the manga only, Rei's crows, Phobos and Deimos, briefly become humans in order to grant Rei the Mars Crystal during the Dead Moon Circus arc. They're later revealed to be denizens of the planet Coronis, where Sailor Lead Crow also hails from. Just in time for them to both get killed by her.
  • Sgt. Frog:
    • In one episode, Kururu invents a device that turns animals into humans, and the Keronians take a trip to the zoo to find recruits for their forces. Despite their best efforts, they don't find any animals who are either able or willing to act as soldiers.
    • Giroro's cat sometimes turns into a human. Apparently she's jealous of Natsumi, and/or peeved that Natsumi doesn't notice Giroro's crush on her.
    • Giroro himself becomes human in episode 196.

  • In Soul Eater, Blair is introduced as an apparent witch (it's ambiguous how different from humans the Mage Species is in this universe), but later reveals herself to be a cat who can transform into a Catgirl.note 
  • In Spirit Circle, this was to be Rune's reward once Fortuna accomplished his goals. She eventually gets her wish when she is reincarnated as Fuuta's future child.
  • In Suite Pretty Cure ♪, Seiren had the ability to shapeshift into anything she wanted to, usually as a human to better deal with Hibiki and Kanade. However, when a combination of being brainwashed and Hummy's devotion to her caused her to be conflicted with her emotions and attempt to save Hummy, the collar that allowed her to shapeshift was destroyed and she became human... and Cure Beat. She's quick to accept she can't change back, but it takes her longer to accept people accepting her.
  • Ryo-ohki gets one of these in the Tenchi Muyo! OVA series. This leaves her with four forms: cute cuddly critter, little kid, sexy teen/adult, and Cool Ship. She's usually shown in either critter or little kid forms (since she has no experience walking on two legs, she's learning how as a toddler like a normal human would). For the record, she started with just the battleship, and was given the cute critter form on her rebirth.
  • Umi Monogatari has villainous examples. Any sea creature Sedna corrupts takes on a human form.
  • One chapter of Urusei Yatsura has a bat working for a loser vampire, and recruits Ataru to find a fair maiden for the vampire to bite (or alternatively just a decent amount of blood from a maiden). Payment for services is a kiss from a pretty girl, but since the bat doesn't know any girls (he hired Ataru for this), it secretly turns itself into a hot babe... and is thoroughly creeped out by her reflection. She struggles to give Ataru a very brief peck, then flees in abject nausea, and is later seen (in bat form) furiously gargling and brushing his teeth.

    Comic Books 
  • In the After the Fall comics continuation to Angel, the Senior Partners turned Angel into a human to deprive him of his powers, but the Reset Button was eventually pressed again.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Champions (2016): In the Champions/Avengers crossover event, the High Evolutionary turns Viv, a sapient robot, into a flesh-and-blood human, ostensibly as an improvement over her artificial form. She finds this state horrifying — for a being used to being able to fly, phase through matter, and turn harder than diamond, a human body is horribly heavy, weak, and fragile, and the loss of the mechanical sensors and digital communications that she used constantly leaves her in effectively a state of sensory deprivation. When she gets a chance to go back to being a robot, she grabs it with both hands.
    • Heroes for Hire: White Tiger is an actual tiger, transformed into a human being. She eventually chooses to be changed back into a tiger, as being a human is too confusing for her.
  • Fables: Happens quite frequently, mostly because Fables who are nonhuman (or at least don't look human enough) are forced to live in a secluded area called the Farm where they can't leave. As a result, Fables try to save up to buy a glamour spell to give them human appearances. Snow White helps give Bigby the ability to turn into a human with a lycanthropy-stained knife. There is also the case of Colonel Thunderfoot, a rabbit who is turned into a human by the angry mother of a rabbit who dies after Thunderfoot leads the troops into an unwinnable battle. She tells him he can only change back from this "hideous form" if he can find a female rabbit that loves him regardless. By the end of the chapter, his chances look rather bleak.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
      • After the original Dr. Robotnik was Killed Off for Real in the 50th issue, the 75th issue reintroduced his Alternate Self from issue 22, a Robotnik from an Alternate Timeline who roboticisied himself to defeat Sonic. He transfers to a new body resembling Doctor Eggman from the main post-Aventures Sonic games, but it wasn't until issue 118 that his humanity was completely restored, bringing him 100% in-line with his video game depiction.
      • A variant happens, when Princess Sally's AI sidekick constructs herself a holographic mobian body after experiencing it first hand during a "Freaky Friday" Flip.
    • An issue of Sonic the Comic has an issue where Sonic is a human. As the issue goes, Sonic wakes up one day in a strange bedroom as a human. As he wanders around the house he meets a woman who says she's his mother and makes him believe that Mobius and Sonic the Hedgehog were All Just a Dream. As it turns out, though, it's just a trap by Robotnik. The comic also features Tails as a human.
  • Howard the Duck accidentally became human once, and boy, did he hate it.
  • Raptors: A villainous variation: the vampire council finds out to their horror that they are slowly becoming like mortals, and they can die normally or contract diseases.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Giganta, a female gorilla who has just lost her baby, escapes from her cage, snatches a human baby from a bystander, and subsequently attacks people who try to intervene. She's initially ordered to be put down until Doctor Zool barters for use of her in an evolutionary experiment. She is transformed into a large, strong and violent woman. Because gorillas are deadly violent creatures, of course.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Hermes is convinced to return to Olympus when it becomes clear that his spending his power to play superhero is draining him of what makes him an Olympian due to his lack of worshipers and if he keeps lingering on earth he's going to turn into one of the humans he's been doling out his Condescending Compassion to. The fact that the ichor is his veins is turning to blood is quite unsettling for him.
    • Wonder Woman (2011): Hera is turned into a human by Apollo after Zeus dies and Apollo ascends the throne of Olympus. It is a traumatic experience for her, not the least of which is because the part of her nature that made her blind to how horrifically cruel she was has been removed, and she turns to alcohol.
    • Wonder Woman (Infinite Frontier): Ratatoskr eats an enchanted tart which transforms him into a human boy but still retaining his horn. Ratatoskr is distressed by this to the point of tears.
  • One story in Phil Foglio's XXXenophile involved a witch who had accidentally cast a lust spell on herself. She summoned her patron god, Cernunnos, to, ah, scratch her itch, but even the randy deity can't satisfy her. It turns out her (sentient) cat familiar accidentally dumped a spoonful of a love potion she was making for someone else into something she was drinking. The spell could only be broken by playing with whoever had given her the potion. So Cernunnos turns the cat into a human and had him join in, after which the witch's familiar became the witch's fiancé. The cat enjoys being a man — but also thinks opposable thumbs are overrated and, after the witch declares her love for him, asks "Will you still feed me?"

    Comic Strips 
  • Palmtop the cat in Safe Havens turns into a human ("Pam") as a result of genetic experimentation. The same goes for Vince (formerly a mouse) and Feryl, formerly a bird).
  • This happens to the cast of Sherman's Lagoon whenever they ask Kahuna. Of course, their human forms aren't always consistent, so they can look like anybody Kahuna desires.

    Fan Works 
  • In Oh The Humanity, Snatcher is turned back into The Prince due to accidentally shattering a Time Piece.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, we present Sonic and Shadow being turned human by poison-gas-that-wasn't.
  • In Lost Tales of Fantasia, Scar is turned human to help the Disney villains siding with the Nazis. He offers the same to Shere Khan.
  • In episode 44 of Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy, Pittan gains the ability to become human from Queen Aida, and is absolutely displeased with this, even refusing to go to school with the other girls. He does go anyways.
  • The Incredibles: Rise of the Galeforces gives us a variant on this concept, with a little help from Genetic Memory. While it helps explain why the cloned Supers can access memories of their past lives, it also applies to non-human creatures as well. Thus, if a non-human creature, such as a Pteranodon in Adam's case, is cloned such that the copy has a predominantly human form, the copy would thus feel as though he were actually transformed into a human being.
  • In the Death Note fic Constant Temptation Ryuk (a shinigami) is caught and punished for interfering in human affairs and being turned into a human is his punishment. Ryuk decides it's totally worth it when Watari shows him how to make apple pie.
  • This is a commonly used trope in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan works, and was widely used even before the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls series used a version of this in canon.
    • In Anthropology, Lyra Heartstrings is convinced that humans are more than just a fairy tale, and desperately wishes to know more about them, how they lived, etc. She goes so far as to change her hooves into hands, and it is eventually revealed that she was Human All Along, her obsession stemming from her previous life as a human. She's turned back into a human, and is sent to Earth.
    • Diaries of a Madman: Twilight is turned into a human by a botched spell on Trixie's part. Once the spell is reversed, a few others occasionally make use of the human form.
    • The Dresden Fillies: The third story, Great Power, has Twilight turn the Mane Six and Spike into humans in order to travel to Chicago. Things go wrong almost immediately — among other things, they kept their original hair colors (explained away as hair dye) and Spike's slitted dragon eyes (explained as contact lenses).
    • If Wishes Were Ponies: Ponies who travel to Earth through the portal become human witches and wizards, but are able to return to their original form thanks to the portal turning them into animagi. The same thing also happens to any changelings who traverse the portal; while they retain their shapeshifting powers and need to feed on love their Shapeshifter Default Form becomes human.
    • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: Trixie accidentally manages to turn Lyra into a human in Helping... Hands?. Trixie thought the spell was supposed to turn Lyra into a zebra, but unbeknownst to her the spellbook had been very badly mislabeled. Unlike in most fanon portrayals, Lyra does not enjoy it (and notably doesn't know what it is she's been turned into, settling on "naked bear"). In addition, the fact that the spellbook was badly mislabeled makes it very hard to turn her back, as while they know that there is a counterspell, they don't know which spell it is.
    • A Twilight Landing sees Twilight Sparkle being turned into a human after being zapped to Earth. It takes getting used to walking, and she has to be reminded several times not to walk around naked. She's also curious about humans, but not to the point of obsession like Lyra above.
    • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: The fourth arc of the story has the new Mane Six - an ahuizotl, a batpony/nox pony, a unicorn/changeling hybrid, a griffon, a minotaur and a diamond dog - traveling through the Crystal Mirror and visiting the world of Canterlot High. They are most astounded to have this happen to them.
  • In Incarnation of Legends, various Servants have been incarnated as humans in the DanMachi world for unknown reasons. One of the story's mysteries is finding out why. There's also the implication that Oryou is happy to be human, as she can now produce the "next Sakamoto", much to Ryoma's embarrassment.
  • The Portal fandom has an affinity for turning Wheatley human, usually so some sort of physical contact can take place between him and any given story's love interest. In the more lemony explorations of this, Wheatley tends to find himself having new feelings or even "discovering the joys of the human body", so to speak. There's usually a reference to the Itch during these sequences, as that plot point has been repeatedly (mis?)interpreted as a sexual innuendo.
    • Blue Sky provides the most famous example of the Wheatley Turns Human narrative, and also showcases the popular trope of Wheatley's human form being based off of his voice actor, Stephen Merchant.
    • Portalborn: In a variation, Daryn's use of the Wabbajack on Wheatley turns him into a high elf. He freaks out at first and thinks there's something on his head when it's actually his hair. This also happens to the Oracle Turret and GLaDOS herself.
    • The Punishment: In something of a retroactive example, Wheatley was a human to begin with but had his memory wiped when he was turned into a core, and thus finds the process of being returned to his original form as disconcerting as he typically does in these stories.
  • In This Bites!, this is what happens when the Going Merry consumes the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Child.
    • Something similar is done in Coby's Choice, where Iceberg allows Merry's avatar to permanently manifest by dismantling the ship and creating a heart totem she's bound to.
  • In What The Water Gave Me, after Astrid officially declares her love, Hiccup (a merman in the story) ends up going through a chrysalis stage, emerging from it as fully human. It doesn't last. At the end the trope is inverted when Astrid becomes a mermaid.
  • In the My Life as a Teenage Robot fanfic Phoenix Fire, after suffering an accident so severe that she can't be repaired, Jenny has her mind transferred into the body of Dr. Wakeman's brain-dead daughter, thus becoming a human girl.
  • In A Goddess Comes to Call, Mara breaks the cardinal rule of Hell by granting a wish without getting anything in exchange, and is turned into a human woman for the span of a human lifetime as punishment. Since this means she gets to be with Sylia, it also qualifies as an Unishment.
  • In The Dark Lords of Nerima, Beneda the youma is turned into a human girl with water from the Spring of Drowned Girl.
  • At the end of Heart of Fire, Kathryn tries to save the fire drake Smaug from death with her magic. She manages to do that while unwittingly turning him into a human. In the sequel Heart of Ashes, Smaug has to get by in the body of a human, a species he has looked down upon all his life. He eventually learns to magically change between his true dragon form and the human form.
  • Happens to Morgana in the Persona 5/JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fic Vanishing Act. Which leads to a Ship Tease with Ann.
  • In the Danny Phantom fanfic Resurrected Memories, Ember Mclain gains a human form, effectively becoming a halfa.
  • A somewhat-popular plot in the Adventure Time fandom is turning Flame Princess into a human. The means vary, but it's always done with the express purpose of allowing her and Finn to have a relationship without the threat of Finn being burned alive or Flame Princess' elemental matrix destroying the world.
  • In the RWBY fic Pawprints, people who have both a human and animal form are called "Panthers". Some Panthers are born in animal form. These Panthers are considered dangerous beasts by the government and it's required that they be killed upon birth. Animal-born Panthers hide from humans to avoid being killed.
  • An Anthem for Sheltered Bays: In the mermaid and harpy communities there's a potion that triggers a transformation into a human. Ymir's feathers peeled off and he's implied to have gain bone density, while Eren, Mikasa and Armin have to cut off their tails in order for their legs to grow.
  • Cardcaptor Rad: Because of a "Freaky Friday" Flip, Hot Shot the Transformer and Rachel the human switch minds. Hot Shot thinks it's a chance to know humanity more acutely, but continually finds himself disenchanted; he hates how he has to breathe constantly, that you have to pay for things and that he can't take care of himself or even can't handle high levels of emotions in a human body. By the end, he's more than glad to be back in his own body.
  • Phylactery: The homunculi are bright back as true humans after being resurrected. Envy and Lust are very much not pleased when they discover this, while Pride adopts his new identity thoroughly enough to refuse to go by his old name anymore.
  • Stories of the Vanished Man: In Reconstructing the Last Treasure of the Man, Doctor Doofenshmirtz's latest -inator, the Anthropomorphinator, turns his dogs and Perry the Platypus into humans.
  • Inverted in Perfectly Alien - the human wizard Harry Potter is turned into a Cybertronian sparkling by the Allspark.
  • RWBY: Epic of Remnant: A combination of being exposed to Tiamat's Black Mud and Angra Mainyu trying to repair their bodies with his Reality Marble causes Gudako's Servants to become human. They still have their superhuman abilities, but they are not has powerful as they would normally be, they can't go into spiritual form, they actually have to eat and sleep, and they lost their immunity to non-magical attacks.
  • In Storm Clouds And Grey Skies, the mermaid Leia suddenly turns human due to a botched spell by the Witch Princess.
  • This happens to an Alpha Beowolf in RWBY: A Grimm fate due to a combination of liquid Dust and petals from Ruby Rose's Semblance, and it is not pleasant. It is Played With, however, since he is turned into a wolf Faunus, but Blake questions this, since while real Faunus have only one animal feature, he retains his ears, fangs, tongue, claws, and tail in Faunus form. Given that Grimm hunt down humans, he does not take his new form well. When found by Ozpin, he is given the name Fenrir Lupus, and they later find out that if his new Aura is depleted, he will be able to turn back into his original body.
  • My Hostage, Not Yours: In the third story, the Tallest punish Tak for her failures by surgically transforming her into a human and dumping her on Earth.
  • Downplayed but simultaneously deconstructed and Played for Drama in the Justice League/Castlevania crossover Lord of the Castle. The character in question, Alucard, is already half-human due to being a Dhampyr with his father being Dracula, but an encounter with Mr. Mxyzptlk ends up turning him completely human. In doing so, Alucard loses his regenerative powers (which served as his immune system) and ability to sustain on blood (essentially leaving him starved), which leads to his organs failing and needing urgent medical attention; thankfully, he is saved when Superman is able to trick Mr. Mzyxptlk into banishing himself, undoing all the damage done to the world and turning Alucard back into a dhampyr. Simultaneously, though, him being human left Castlevania without a lord, leading to Carmilla, Cornell, Magnus, and Shaft escaping from Hell, and with the aid of Death (who takes after his game portrayal of Dracula's loyal servant instead of the animation's portrayal of him as the Greater-Scope Villain), intend to kill Alucard and bring Dracula back to life.
  • In What Tomorrow Brings, Aftran (a Yeerk turned humpback whale) is briefly sent to the splinter universe in a human form so she can talk to Cassie.
  • The Story of a Gardevoir That Became a Trainer': It's part of the premise. And she's not the only Pokémon turned human, either, though it's not widely known to most people.

    Films — Animation 
  • Every human-appearing character in Spirited Away, except Chihiro and her parents. If some of them look human-like, it's only because it's a matter of convenience. This, of course, make sense, since Japanese folklore is rife with this. Most of them are actually frogs (the men) or slugs (the women) while Lin is a weasel, Haku is a dragon, and Yubaba is a crow.
  • The shape-changing foxes and tanuki of Pom Poko do their best to blend in with humanity after they lose their fight to save their forests. Some even become real-estate developers themselves.
  • In The Sword in the Stone, Merlin forces Archimedes (his pet owl) to obey him by threatening to turn him into a human. This sequence is especially funny because Archimedes's shocked reaction ("You wouldn't dare!") suggests that he considers it to be the most degrading fate imaginable.
  • In Shrek 2, Shrek gets turned into a human after drinking a potion. Unlike most examples, he's perfectly fine with it, (even though he'd much rather be his regular ogre self) since he wanted to make Fiona happy by giving her the Prince Charming she'd always dreamt of.

    • It's also revealed that Harold, Fiona's father, got turned into a human from a toad by the Fairy Godmother.
  • The Last Unicorn, the titular unicorn is turned into a human girl in the mid point of the movie. The rest of the story deals with the consequences of her newly-acquired humanity. By the climax, "Amalthea" has come so strongly to the fore that she dies when the unicorn returns to her rightful form.
  • Occurs thrice in Cinderella:
    • In the first movie, Cinderella had the Fairy Godmother turn both Major the horse and Bruno the bloodhound into humans to serve as the drivers for Cinderella's pumpkin coach (since the role of the horses have been taken by the mice).
    • The second movie had a sequence in which the mouse Jacques was turned into a human so he could be more helpful to Cindy.
    • In the third movie, the cat Lucifer is transformed into a human in order to drive a pumpkin carriage containing Cinderella off a cliff.
  • Played for a quick joke in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. After SpongeBob foils Plankton's plot, King Neptune proceeds to unfreeze Mr. Krabs with his trident, only to turn him into a fat human boy. Neptune says he accidentally had his trident set to real boy ending, so he fixes up Krabs and turns him back to normal.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • The plot of the first movie involves Twilight Sparkle traveling to another dimension where she turns into a human teenager. A good chunk of the movie's comedy stems from Twilight trying not to act like a pony and failing miserably at it.
      • Sunset Shimmer is also a pony turned human, though she's had a lot more time to practice acting like one by the time of the film. In contrast to most examples, she seems to prefer her human form after spending so much time as one, having no interest in permanently returning to her home dimension following her Heel–Face Turn.
    • Similarly, in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, the Dazzlings were sirens in the form of merponies who attempted to take over Equestria thousands of years ago. They were defeated by Star Swirl the Bearded and banished to the human world, where they were trapped in human form with a limited version of their powers.
    • In the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night short "Mirror Magic", Starlight Glimmer travels to the human world and becomes human, needing a similar period of adjustment like Twilight did.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Aladdin (2019), the Genie becomes a human after being freed.
  • In the 1940 film The Blue Bird starring Shirley Temple, a fairy transforms the children's pets Tylo the dog and Tylette the cat into humans to help them on their quest.
  • In City of Angels, angels can choose to become human...but they have to commit angel suicide to do it. Nathaniel Messenger (Dennis Franz's character) did so before the beginning of the movie and Nic Cage's character does it near the end.
  • In Cool World, Holli the Doodle becomes human after having sex with Jack.
  • The vampire film, Daybreakers has two interesting examples. In a vampire-ruled world, human blood is running out. In their search for a cure to vampirism, the remaining human rebels find out that rapid exposure to sunlight, usually lethal, followed by immersion in water, can revert a vampire to human form. The cure is impractical to use on the billions of vampires, but they discover that drinking cured blood cures the feeder. This creates a sort of positive virus effect, the starved vampires feeding on cured people, getting cured, then being fed on themselves, curing more people.
  • In Dragonheart A New Beginning Griffin, the Antagonist of the film reveals that he was a dragon who forced into a human form and he has been trying to become a dragon once again by reclaiming his heart, he transforms back into his true form at the climax of the film.
  • When Freddy is dragged into the real world in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, he briefly becomes human again. He turns back into his standard form pretty quickly though.
  • In Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge, mystical beings who succumb to the "Grey Spell" undergo a Bit-by-Bit Transformation into a color-drained human with mundane interests.
  • Hisss: The Nagini is able to transform into a Head-Turning Beauty female human, with only her reptile eyes hinting at her true nature.
  • Two instances with The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. First, the aliens transform themselves into humans, and have newfound experiences with human emotions. Next, the other scientist merges four animals into one human - who can talk in English but still has animal behavior (such as table eating habits that the aliens copy.)
  • The raven Diaval in Maleficent is turned into a man by the titular character at first to save him from being beaten to death by a farmer. After he pledges service to her, she keeps him as a raven to spy for her, and a human to give his reports.
  • Near Dark: Vampirization can be reversed with human blood infusion. In the end, Caleb is turned back by his father and sister, and he does the same thing to Mae.
  • Boots of A Simple Wish was once a dog who was transformed into a human by her master, Claudia, to serve as her Dragon. She is turned back following her Heel–Face Turn and is subsequently adopted by Murray.
  • In Stardust, Lamia turns a goat into a human to play the part of an innkeeper in her trap. He still acts like a goat, bleating and chewing on people's clothing.
  • The 2017 Romantic Comedy Unleashed is about a young woman wishing that there were "guys out there like" her pet Labrador retriever and cat... who turn into a blonde Hunk and suave Casanova respectively and start fighting over her to keep a roof over their heads while she remains oblivious of the guy crushing on her. Both of the pets still keep their animal behaviors however such as the cat climbing a tree and needing the fire department getting him down and the Lab humping a copy machine.
  • Throughout Finian's Rainbow, Og is slowly turning into a human due to losing his pot of gold. By the end, he's become completely mortal.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand has this happening to mutants who are exposed to the "cure".
  • The 1951 film You Never Can Tell is a literal dog and pony show. King is the Pet Heir of a wealthy man. Should King die, the fortune passes to his caretaker, Ellen (Peggy Dow). King is soon found poisoned, and Ellen is framed for the murder. In Beastatory, the animals' Purgatory preceding Heaven, King asks God (a Lion, of course) permission to return to earth to seek justice. He is sent back as a man: Rex Shepherd, Private Detective (Dick Powell). With him is a champion racing mare, Golden Harvest (Goldie Harvey in her human form, played by Joyce Holden). The "humanimals" have to catch the real killer (who's about to marry Ellen, of course) before the next full moon or they'll have to stay on earth as people. They retain some of their animal traits — Rex snacks on kibble and chases balls, Goldie races buses and visits her grandchildren at the track. Most Humanimals are sent back to right wrongs they have done and are not aware they're really animals. But a surprising number are volunteers — as Goldie tells Rex, you never can tell.

  • Aesop's The Cat-Maiden has a cat transfigured into a woman to settle a bet between Jupiter and Venus. Jupiter thinks that instinct and nature can be transcended and Venus says that "nature will out". They turn the cat into a woman and give her to a man to wed. Jupiter thinks the bet is won until Venus releases a mouse into the wedding hall and the maiden pounces on it, revealing her true nature.
    • In his collection of Aesop retellings, Aesopus Emendatus, Ambrose Bierce subverts this by having her react like a woman— in such an over-the-top Eek, a Mouse!! way that her potential suitor is irritated.
  • Animorphs: There are two examples of animals gaining morphing power from touching the morphing cube. One, an otherwise incredibly dangerous Cape Buffalo, nearly achieves sapience but then gets killed off. The other is an ant that partially morphs into Cassie.
    • The ant transforming is treated similarly to the Discworld wolf below; Cassie remembers the Animorphs' past experience of turning into ants and wonders what it would be like going from a mindless part of the colony to a human's sentience and independence, concluding that it would be just as horrible for the ant to become human as it was for the Animorphs to become ants.
    • Ax counts too. He morphs human and then is really bad at it—he plays with his 'mouth sounds' and goes berserk around food, and he hates morphing human most of the time, always saying humans are unstable on two legs.
    • Elfangor turned into a human permanently so he could spend the rest of his life on Earth with Loren. Alas, the universe still needed him to be an Andalite warrior. The Ellimist took him away from Earth, and the only evidence that he was ever there at all was his and Loren's son Tobias.
  • This happens at the end of several Dinoverse books. The first time, three Pachycephalosaurs briefly possess three human boys and jump around before being sent back home. The second time, in Please Don't Eat The Teacher the fifty-foot Acrocanthosaurus called Green Knight is killed and ends up Sharing a Body with Will Reilly, which appears to be permanent. He's content, though, since he can be with Patience like this. The third time, in Dinosaurs Ate My Homework, the intelligent saurian Alternate Universe version of JD takes his body permanently and alone.
  • Discworld:
    • This happens to Nanny Ogg's horrible cat, Greebo. Normally, he's ugly and foul-smelling, but when transformed into a human (in Witches Abroad and Maskerade), it is claimed that "His left eye glittered with the sins of angels, and his smile was the downfall of saints (female ones, anyway)." He has been described as looking evil in an interesting sort of way, like a pirate who really understands the term of "Jolly Roger", or a romantic poet who gave up the opium and tried red meat. In fact the best brief descriptions are that:
      He could swagger while asleep. Greebo could, in fact, commit sexual harassment while sitting very quietly in the next room.
      Nanny: He looks aristocratic.
      Granny: He looks like a beautiful, brainless bully.
      Nanny: Same thing.
    • This also falls in line with the Disc's general opinion of cats: elegant, beautiful, brainless bastards.
    • In Witches Abroad, Granny's evil sister Lily also did this to a wolf, partially anthropomorphising it to fulfill the Big Bad Wolf role in a living fairytale. This is treated as a monstrous act, because predator minds having to think like a human drives them insane and makes it impossible to live as either a wolf or a human. In the end a woodcutter gets called in for a Mercy Kill. (This doesn't apply with Greebo because cats have enough poise to pull anything off.)
    • Inverted and later defied by the Librarian, who was a human to begin with before being turned into an orangutan, and has carefully destroyed all evidence of who he was so no-one will get the bright idea of trying to change him back.
  • The dragons in Dragons in Our Midst. Though technically voluntary, there was pretty much no other option they could take, and most if not all of them certainly would have rather stayed dragons.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • One of Harry Dresden's allies in Fool Moon, Tera West, is revealed to be a wolfwere, a wolf who can take the form of a human. After the death of her lover, she goes back to the mountains to live with her pack.
    • In Skin Game, the archangel Uriel temporarily turns himself into a human to heal and empower Michael to enter Hades, knowing that if Michael dies, Uriel will lose his powers and remain mortal. While he's sitting around being a useless human, the Carpenter family makes him useful by having him do chores around the house.
  • In The Fallen Moon, this is Skade's punishment for killing humans.
  • In one of the Goosebumps books, a bee's mind is accidentally swapped into the body of a human boy. The bee does not seem very comfortable in a human body—it continually makes buzzing noises and attempts (unsuccessfully) to eat nectar from flowers.
  • Bulgakov likes to play with it, usually for ironical purposes, like in Heart of a Dog: after a lab experiment on rejuvenation, a friendly dog gets turned into a downright rotten human (thanks to the character of the organs’ dead donor). He gets changed back and forgets his human experience completely.
  • Incarnations of Immortality: In On a Pale Horse, to grant a client's last request for a good story, The Grim Reaper tells a story about a whale who gets transformed into a woman. She falls in love with a man, but gets disgusted when she finds out he's a whaler. Her lover tries to explain that whale meat is the village's main source of food, but she dumps him and returns to the sea. However, she eventually meets a whale who is really a transformed squid. He is trying to investigate why whales hunt his kind. She tries to explain that squid are the whale's main source of food, then realizes that humans and whales aren't so different. She returns to human form, reconciles with her lover, and they get married, presumably Happily Ever After.
  • A rather neat example in Geoph Essex's Jackrabbit Messiah: Caleb O'Connor was involuntarily transformed into a human sometime in the past. Interesting in that: a) it happened long before the events of the book (and appears to be permanent); b) the character doesn't seem to mind much (aside from wondering who did it and why) and has adapted very well; and c) the book isn't primarily about that character, so the reader never finds out how it happened either. Before the casual reveal, there are some subtle and not-so-subtle hints, including the character's Meaningful Name (both first and last!), and what Indra calls the character when they meet.
  • In the first Keys to the Kingdom book, it is mentioned that being made mortal is one of the punishments for disobedient Denizens.
  • In Alan Dean Foster's Kingdoms of Light the familiars of a fallen wizard are transformed into humans and forced to cross a weird dimension that represents the land of light (in the form of a huge rainbow) in order to bring back the power of light to a now darkly colored world. Needless to say with a snake, two cats, a dog, and a bird all turned human with a sudden realization of human feelings and emotions things get a little... odd.
  • And in Kockroach, a cockroach inexplicably turns into a human being (reversing Kafka's "Metamorphosis"). Rather than trying to find a way back, he makes good on his predicament, taking advantage of everything that comes his way and thriving, because despite his new body he's still a cockroach.
  • In the book The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, the ageless unicorn is turned into a young woman to protect her from being captured and imprisoned with all the other unicorns. She is horrified at first, mostly because the transformation makes her mortal, something she's never experienced before. But the longer she remains transformed the more she forgets her unicorn nature and her quest: at the pivotal moment she begs to be allowed to stay human and marry the human prince she has come to love. The book ends with her a unicorn once more, triumphant and immortal but forever tied to human emotions like love and regret.
  • Happens to the titular character in The Little Mermaid. It's an extremely painful experience though - every step she takes feels like she's walking on knives - and she's unable to talk in human form, as the price for the transformation was her tongue.
  • Animals in Magical Girl Raising Project are occasionally chosen to become Magical Girls, whereupon they gain a human form and intelligence. Their normal forms remain the same however. Examples include Tepeskemei (an Egyptian Tortoise) in the Limited arc and Cherna Mouse (a hamster) in the Restart arc, though her true form is only revealed in a side story.
  • The titular character of the Dutch children's novel Minoes by Annie M. G. Schmidt. She was a cat, and one day she woke up as a lady. It was later adapted into a movie starring Carice Van Houten.
  • This trope is the entire point of the novel Shoebag, in which a cockroach finds himself transformed into a human and wants to transform back. Another character is eventually revealed to be another transformed cockroach, who acclimated to human life and didn't want to return even when they found a way.
  • In the Tom Holt book Snow White and the Seven Samurai, the big bad wolf is turned into a handsome prince (by way of a frog), and isn't very happy about it.
  • In Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger, turtle wizard Clothahump coerces Mudge the otter into assisting Jon-tom by threatening to transform Mudge into a human if he refuses. In Paths of the Perambulator, in the same series, Jon-tom's animal companions are all unwillingly transformed into humans by a surge of wild magic, and he has to play Rick Springfield's Human Touch backwards to change them back. Also played for ironic laughs as Clothahump announces this as the "Worst transformation yet" (With everyone besides Jon-Tom agreeing) despite they had already been turned into giant Crabs, Giant Caterpillers, Switching Genders and turning into literal viruses only to temporarily catch said diseases afterwards.
  • Tales of Kolmar: The king of the Kantri, Akhor, become human at the end of Song in the Silence. As the one Kantri most fascinated by humans - he actually used to try to walk on two legs like them, but it hurt too much - he's initially very happy about it, enjoying the stronger sense of touch and the much more dexterous hands. There's a point in The Lesser Kindred where he realizes he can't fly, and later when it really sinks in that who he was is gone, which are both marked with grief and sorrow. It's very mixed. But it does mean he can be with his beloved. In Redeeming the Lost, he becomes a Kantri again and mourns his human shape.
  • Happens twice in the Tortall Universe:
    • In The Immortals quartet, Numair tells Daine that because he turned an enemy mage into a tree, a tree somewhere has been turned into a human. Due to a large amount of fan mail asking about the tree, the author eventually wrote a short story about him, "Elder Brother".
    • In the Trickster's Duet, it's established that crows can turn into humans if they want, but only one character becomes human permanently. And on the flipside, the raka, the humans of the Copper Isles who are cousins of the crows, have stories about rare members of their people who chose to become a crow.
  • Treasure in the Heart of the Tanglewood has one of the few true subversions of this trope. Year after year, one Knight in Shining Armor after another rides into the Tanglewood to fight the monster within, and year after year, they never come out again. The beast within turns each knight into an animal, then kills them, and tells the protagonist that these were the true forms of the knights, which they had been shifted out of for use as Cannon Fodder. The subversion is that he lied, and shapeshifted beings in this setting don't die as themselves. The knights were human all along.
  • At the end of A Twisted Tale: A Whole New World, Jafar wishing all magic in the world away has the side effect of turning Genie into a human, with the only hint to his former nature being a slight blue tint to his skin. Since magic is as natural to Djinns as something like walking upright or reading books is to humans, he's not happy about this turn of events. And he's none too fond of the whole walking thing either.
  • In Worlds of Power, Dr. Light accidentally turns Mega Man into a human while running him through a duplicating machine.
  • Wicked: Princess Nastoya is a sapient Elephant who has been put under a spell that turns her into a human. Elephants are hunted by many, but the Scrow tribe reveres them so they don't harm her.
  • Tragically, in Greer Gilman's Moonwise. When Sylvie disappears before Ariane's eyes, Ariane has to find her, hampered by the fact that she has no "mind's eye" — she is incapable of mental imagery note . Going by intuition, she accidentally calls to her and embodies a "lightborn" child. The lightborn are spirits who watch over a particular place, in this case the forests of Cloud, one of the worlds Ariane and Sylvie think they made up (and didn't). The lightborn is devastated at finding herself trapped in human flesh, a grim, stark and painful fate. She rages for hours, and refuses to sleep fearing she'll forget. But she is able to find her way back to Cloud, taking Ariane with her. The story is how they find Sylvie, and the lightborn along with many others (who were turned to stone!) is ultimately returned to her true shape.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Samantha of Bewitched turned a horse into a woman just to understand what the horse wanted to say. The changeling was not happy with this: "I've got nothing to swat flies with!"
    • She did this in another episode as well, turning a cat into a woman to model for her husband's boss. In this case, though, the cat-turned-woman actually likes being human.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Angel:
      • According to the Shanshu Prophecy, a vampire with a soul will earn the right to become human again after playing a pivotal role in the Apocalypse. So far, Angel and Spike are candidates.
      • Illyria started out life as a routine Sealed Evil in a Can, escaping from her tomb in a sarcophagus and possessing the body of Winifred "Fred" Burkle, a series regular. Illyria, having shrank down from the 50-foot Cthulhu into a skinny (albeit indestructible) corpse, is forced to throw in her lot with Angel's crew, being stuck with a form which would serve as catnip to her demonic cohorts. Adding to her problems, remnants of Fred's brain patterns start affecting the creature's personality, causing it to unconsciously reconstruct her host's old life — including bonding with Fred's grieving lover, Wesley. By the series finale, it's almost impossible to tell where Fred ends and Illyria begins.
      • In the "I Will Remember You" episode of Angel, the titular vampire is made human by accidentally mixing his blood with the blood of a Mohra demon with regenerative powers. After becoming a Sense Freak, noting that he doesn't like yoghurt, having mucho bed-time with Buffy (in a Contrived Coincidence Crossover) and generally enjoying the sun he employs an in-universe Reset Button when he learns that his humanity will prevent him from fighting in the upcoming apocalypse and thus cause the deaths of many people, including the Slayer. His reward and punishment (two for one!) was being the only person to remember the lost day.
    • Anya from Buffy is another example. Anya was originally a thousand-year-old vengeance demon who took human form to curse unfaithful men. Then in "The Wish" she loses her powers, and becomes human. She eventually resigns herself to being human. Her unfamiliarity with human social conventions (particularly not talking about sex in public) is a running gag/theme.
      • Or so it seems, at first; it actually turns out she originally was a human, born in Sweden during Viking times. And she was just as weird back then, while other vengeance demons like Halfryk don't seem to have any such foibles.
    • Also from Buffyverse, Darla, the first vampire seen in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is resurrected as a human complete with incurable disease that nearly killed her originally but with the full memory of having been a vampire intact. Later, she is turned into a vampire again, but suffers from bouts of human emotions when she becomes pregnant with Connor.
  • In Charmed (1998), a snake, a rabbit, and a pig were turned into humans by a group of girls who wanted a date for a dance. The spell was temporary but the transformed men wanted to remain human permanently.
  • The Dinosaurs episode "Little Boy Boo" has Robbie telling Baby a scary story about a "wereman", starring himself as the victim of the curse.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks" has a halfway example: while stranded in the 1930s, Dalek Sec absorbs a human ally and becomes the first Human-Dalek. Admittedly, he doesn't really look like a human except for having arms and legs — he still has Dalek tentacles and the single eye on his new head — but his worldly perspective becomes more and more human during the rest of the arc, to the point that he begins to consider the Daleks' creator Davros to have been wrong and wants to help and be helped by the Daleks' sworn enemy, the Doctor himself. Unfortunately, this ends up getting him killed by the other Daleks as a heretic, possibly sacrificing himself to save the Doctor from the others.
    • "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood" reveals that Time Lords can use a device called a Chameleon Arch to turn themselves human (or any other Human Alien species) and put their memories and Time Lord nature in a fob watch. Opening the watch turns them back. The difference from most examples of this trope is that Time Lords, while transformed, have no real memory of their former selves. The Doctor, as a human, has strange dreams of his Time Lord life, but doesn't doubt his humanity and seems perfectly content.
    • "Utopia" reveals another Chameleon Arch user: The Master, a.k.a. "Professor Yana". As Yana, the Master hears the sound of drums that he started hearing when he looked into the Time Vortex as a child, but just like the Doctor earlier, doesn't suspect the truth.
    • "The Doctor's Wife": The TARDIS' soul is ripped out and stuffed into a human body.
    • "Fugitive of the Judoon": Ruth Clayton turns out to be a Time Lord hidden via a Chameleon Arch — and not just any Time Lord: she's a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor whose positioning in their overall timeline is a mystery, since she and Thirteen don't have any memories of ever being each other. Her husband Lee is also implied to be a Time Lord or other Gallifreyan turned human as well, but with his memories intact.
  • In Friday the 13th: The Series, one man uses an artifact to turn his dog into a wife (his real wife is turned into a dog).
  • In Hercules: The Legendary Journeys a pig named Katharine fell in love with Hercules from a previous adventure where he got turned into a pig. Aphrodite granted her wish to be human, and as a bonus, gave her a body identical to hers (they were played by the same actress). However, while Hercules treated her well, she ultimately could not adjust to living like a human and asked to be changed back. The final straw for her was that her barnyard friends didn't recognize her and they couldn't understand each other.
  • In I Dream of Jeannie, Jeannie turned a chimpanzee named Sam into a man. Sam winds up liking being human.
  • The Journey of Flower: Tang Bao, a spirit worm, turns into a human in episode thirteen.
  • Mako Mermaids: An H₂O Adventure has a trio of mermaids banished from their pod when they accidentally allow a human boy to enter their sacred moon pool and become a merman. To get back, the trio use magic to take human appearance and have a hard time at first from walking to figuring out what to eat and human customs.
    • The trio soon discover the school principal is a mermaid herself who made herself appear human years before after falling in love with a human boy and she helps them get used to their new forms.
    • Rita's cat Poseidon winds up as a copy of Evie after spilling some potions and seeing Evie in the hallway. Though apparently instantly able to speak, Poseidon gives no acknowledgment whatsoever that a change even took place. However, s/he still behaves like a cat, knows that the mermaids are mermaids (which, at this point, the real Evie doesn't), and doesn't know things Evie knows, causing no end of confusion for the main cast. (Especially for Evie, who is told multiple times that she was just seen somewhere she knows she wasn't.)
    • It's later revealed that Zack was born as a merman; his mother transformed him into a human using a powerful spell that couldn't be broken by contact with water until he fell into the Moon Pool.
  • Fairy tale characters such as Gus (the mouse from Cinderella) and Ariel the mermaid appear in Once Upon a Time, where they transform into humans from their respective species.
    • In Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Cyrus begins the series as a genie (once a human) but later becomes a human. Additionally, Will briefly becomes a genie but is restored to a human again.
  • In Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, this is Mack's fate when Sentinel Knight uses the Corona Aurora to resurrect him after his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The Power Rangers Turbo episode "Cassie's Best Friend" has Cassie's dog Jetson become a human being.
  • Black cat Luna of the live-action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon has the ability to turn into a human girl. Unlike prior incarnations in the franchise she turns into a small child, and even a Sailor Senshi. However, she still acts like a cat sometimes, and sneezing changes her back.
  • The Red Dwarf episode "DNA" had Kryten turn human, much to his surprise and pleasure — until he found out his spare parts (most notably his spare heads) hated him for it. Just take a look at the scene. And the photos were an example of Enforced Method Acting. And his eyes no longer have a zoom mode. And his nipples no longer pull in radio signals. And the whole last-chicken-in-the-shop look for certain body parts.
  • The Nickelodeon TV movie Rufus is about a dog who becomes a teenage boy by wearing a magical necklace. Like the above, it's filled with My Instincts Are Showing moments. The sequel has Rufus falling in love with a girl who owns a similar necklace — and she's really a cat!
  • Being stuck in his human-like form was a punishment for Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Interestingly, the condition lasted several episodes before it was finally reversed.
  • It was also a punishment for Q in one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Having less than a microsecond to decide, he chose to be human in the hopes that Picard and crew would protect him. Then spent most of the episode lamenting that he should have asked to be turned into anything else other than human.
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • Seven of Nine started out as human, became a Borg as a kid, and was forcibly brought back down to human (more or less) by the crew of Voyager. While initially not happy about it (to say the least), Captain Janeway guided her through the process of rediscovering her humanity through time, patience, care, Les Yay...
    • Also, it was impossible to communicate with Species 8472 before they started taking on human form, and afterwards we never saw them in their tripedal, purple-skinned, cross-pupilled Supernatural Gold Eyes form again.
  • Supernatural:
    • Castiel in the episode "Two Minutes to Midnight". After his previous altercation with other angels in "Point of No Return", Castiel turns up in a hospital and finds that he has become pretty much human. He shows that there's just enough angel left inside him to resist Pestilence's powers.
    • As of the end of Season 8, not only has Castiel been subjected to this again, but so has every angel in Heaven, barring the one vengeful angel who forced them all to fall.
    • Additionally, late in Season 8 it was revealed that it was possible to cure a demon's soul back into that of a human. The two times its been done on-screen have involved a lot of crying as the demons realize just how terrible their actions as a demon were.
  • The 1997 TV movie Whiskers is about a boy who spends too much time with his cat. His cat was turned into a human with the help of an Egyptian goddess wishing he has a human friend. Filled with My Instincts Are Showing moments.
  • Used in Wizards of Waverly Place when Alex gets Justin to turn a couple of guinea pigs into humans for some information.
  • The is the twist at the end of The X-Files episode "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster". The Monster of the Week is not, as Mulder suspects, a man who turns into a reptile-monster, but a reptile-monster who turns into a human, as the result of being bitten by one. Even Mulder doesn't know what to make of that one.


  • We Are All Pokémon Trainers:
    • Audilith the Gigalith was turned human as a result of the Glitch Area in Twist Mountain. She was not very fond of it, deciding she'd rather not be human again.
    • This is also a common occurrence on April Fools Days, where several odd things happen, though things are returned to relative normalcy by the day's end.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • A very old spin on Our Were Beasts Are Different in D&D is the existence of "beastweres" — shapeshifters that begin as intelligent magical animals but can transform into partially and/or wholly human forms. These are sometimes referred to as "therianthropes" in contrast to "lycanthropes" (any werebeast of the conventional humanoid-to-animal model), and their naming convention is always done as (animal)were. The oldest of these is the wolfwere, but other versions include the jackalwere (which eventually surpassed its predecessor) and the Maztican coyotlywere.
    • Mystara: The origin of the Rakasta Cat Folk is based on the Aesop's fable above, about the cat transformed into a woman. In this version, however, instead of turning her back into a cat when she shows her nature, the gods decide to split the difference and turn both husband and wife into the first Rakasta.
    • Ravenloft: One NPC from the Carnival supplement is a former snake familiar of an evil wizard, whose master used to turn her into a sexy elf for "companionship"; gaining her freedom when she joined the Carnival, she now works as a snake-charmer and dancer. The other is either a leopard who turns into a man, or vice versa: he's not sure which.
  • Shadowrun:
    • There are rules for playing a character who can shift between human and an animal form. The main drawback to such a character isn't the hefty investment of character generation resources, it's the fact that such characters are supposed to be played as animals that turn into people, not people that turn into animals, which makes justifying why they're hanging out with a bunch of gun bunnies in a smelly city sprawl rather than climbing trees a bit difficult.
    • The Great Dragons can freely shift between human and dragon form. For example, Lofwyr, the CEO of the German Mega-Corp Saeder-Krupp, is known as "Hans Brackhaus" in his human form.
  • The World of Darkness:
    • Old World of Darkness:
      • Changeling: The Dreaming: With the encroachment of Banality and a severe decrease in all-around belief, the faeries who were unable to make it back to Arcadia bound their souls to human bodies. A changeling generally goes through a normal childhood until their fae soul goes through "Chrysalis," at which point they begin to perceive the world of the fae and start recalling information about their past lives.
      • Vampire: The Masquerade: At the end of "Wormwood", one of the apocalyptic scenarios in the Gehenna sourcebook, those vampires who manage to go through the forty nights in the sanctuary and earn a measure of redemption find that God strips them of their curse and returns their humanity to them, granting them a second chance to live without their Beast or their dark hungers to lead them down a monster's path.
      • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Some werewolves originate as wolves. These, though as intelligent as the others, usually find shapeshifting less than pleasant and make use of it only for special purposes. Some factions, such as the human-hating (and all-wolf) Red Talons rarely take on human shapes at all.
    • New World of Darkness:
      • Changeling: The Lost: Those humans who were taken and turned into Beasts and Elementals have a hard time adjusting back to being human again. The Beasts have a hard time thinking non-instinctively after being animals for so long, and the Elementals have trouble relating to other people after spending so long as flames or trees.
      • Demon: The Fallen: Demons who'd escaped from the Abyss had to take empty bodies (the brain-dead, the severely insane, and the recently dead) to remain on Earth. This actually grounded a lot of them and made them less demonic, seeing as they were experiencing human emotion and sensation for the first time after millennia in a featureless abyss.

  • The Tsukiuta idols live in a dorm with their 10 mostly magical pets. One night, a curse from the demon world comes through and turns some of those pets into humans - and they're just as attractive as their idol caretakers. Thus begins the plot of the fourth play in the series, Lunatic Party. What follows is exactly what it says on the tin.
    • In the seventh play, Cyber-Dive Connection, Nakai-san the reindeer (who is actually a fairy) regains his human form and asks the idols to come with him into the digital world to rescue Santa. An Ass-kicking Cyberpunk Christmas ensues. Croquet (the dog) is along for the ride, as is series mascot giant rabbit Kuroda, who did not appear in Lunatic Party.

    Video Games 
  • In Dark Cloud Xiao, Toan's pet cat, is turned into a catgirl once you give her a potion, and declares that she wants to help "Master" reassemble the Atlamilla, donning a slingshot and becoming your second party member.
  • In Diablo III, an angel Tyrael becomes human after tearing off his own wings.
  • This is precisely what happens to Imnity and Rico at the end of the final route in Duel Savior Destiny. Taiga just sorta strips them of their status as spirits and absorbs their power before going off to beat up God.
  • Halfway through Frog Fractions, the frog is turned into a human being. Subverted when it turns out to be All Just a Dream.
  • Some of the beastmen in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn originated as animals and became more human-like after Alchemy was released, and will happily chat with the heroes about how weird it is to be walking on one's hind feet, wearing clothes, and eating cooked meat instead of raw.
  • A wolf in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is cursed with humanity by a gang of mischievous Sprites in a sidequest. He is pissed about the change — he can't hunt well without his fangs and claws, his own pack drove him off thinking he was just another human, humans think he's just a lunatic and forced him to wear pants. The Fateless One can help the unfortunate wolf by killing the sprites and undoing the curse.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past there is a hidden Easter egg. If you go into the northwestmost house in Kakariko village, there's a vase which has a Cucco (basically an in-universe chicken) hiding under it. Part way through the game you get the "Magic powder" item. If you sprinkle it on this Cucco then it turns into a woman and complains about the shift. The effect is reset when you leave the house. The Cucco-turned-woman also gives a hint about the town's statue being not quite what it seems.
  • EDI in the Mass Effect series. She starts out as a body-less AI residing in the Normandy SR2, and eventually she is referred to as the Normandy herself. In the third game, she gains a body, and with it, a new perspective on humanity that eventually causes her to refer to herself as alive.
  • In the Game Mod Lunna Astray in Stardew Valley, the eponymous young woman, Lunna, is revealed to be a shadow person who was transformed into a human and sent to Stardew Valley. Later in the story her younger sister, Diana, also becomes human.
  • At the end of Monument Valley it is revealed that Ida is actually a bird princess who was cursed to become human because she stole the sacred geometry. She and the crows regain their true forms after all the geometry has been returned.
  • Happens to Aigis, the team robot in Persona 3 and Teddie, the Team Pet in Persona 4.
  • Riviera: The Promised Land's true ending. Rose turns from a cat familiar to a Cat Girl with random magic powder that has a power to grant any wish.
  • StarCraft II: Kerrigan is de-infested at the end of the Wings of Liberty campaign.
  • It's implied that Nastasia from Super Paper Mario used to be a bat who became humanoid to repay Count Bleck for freeing her from a trap.
  • An interesting example from the Touhou Project: most fairies in Gensokyo are perfect mooks, lacking in personality but able to endlessly respawn if killed. Ice fairy Cirno, on the other hand, has quite a personality, and is several magnitudes more powerful than the average fairy. When she encounters Eiki Shiki, the yama conjectures that because Cirno's the strongest! so powerful and able to move around and cause trouble, she's coming closer to becoming a youkai and therefore mortal. The conversation goes completely over Cirno's head, of course...
    • Plus, of course, there are all the youkai that take the form of cute girls, but which originally came from animals and inanimate objects lasting a hundred years, per Japanese mythology.
  • Talazia from Weaponlord is revealed to have actually been a raven who was cursed into becoming a human seven years ago. She also gets Laser-Guided Amnesia, making her only remember her time as a human.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest IV: Healie, a flying slime whom you find in the first chapter, wishes to become human. When you see him again later in the game, his wish is seen to have been granted.
    • A town in Dragon Quest VII is under a curse, turning all animals into humans and humans into animals. A boy is found chained up in this town; he's actually a legendary white wolf. When the heroes defeat the monster responsible, he curses the wolf/boy to remain human despite the curse otherwise being lifted. The wolf/boy decides to join the heroes as "Ruff". After some time travel, the party encounters the monster again, mostly depowered, but also reformed. He apologizes to Ruff and attempts to turn him back into a wolf; instead, he accidentally gives Ruff the ability to speak. Ruff then tells him to stop trying to cast magic, as he's perfectly happy in his human form.
  • In Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, it is possible to do this to The Outsider by convincing Daud to use his true name to the Outsider's "body" in the void, which will cause him to become a human once again.
  • In Amenity's Life, the protagonist wakes up to find that his smartphone, robot vacuum, headphones and even the kitchen oven have turned into human girls.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe introduces an item called the Super Crown that allows the character Toadette to turn into a facsimile of Princess Peach called Peachette. Fans latched onto this and came up with "Bowsette" — Bowser transformed into a lookalike of Peach with horns and a tail. Naturally, this trope occurs (although it might be more accurate to say "Ambiguous Humanity Ensues").
  • In Solatorobo, the normally Caninu Red Savarin inexplicably gains the ability to transform into a human upon encountering the Disc-One Final Boss. The second half of the game reveals that Red can transform because he's an artificially-made hybrid originally created for the sole purpose of bringing about the end of the world alongside his Big Bad father and siblings, but his mother interfered with that by casting him out to an orphanage without his knowledge. Gameplay wise, Red can transform if his Trance gauge is filled up, giving him extra combat versatility.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • Dragons can voluntarily turn themselves into humanoid forms like humans, orcs and elves, which they usually do in areas that are otherwise too big to hold them or to spy on the other races as part of their charge in stewarting the world.
    • Many races in Azeroth today were originally creatures of stone or metal known as the Titan-Forged, living tools made to serve the Titans in their grand design to guide Azeroth's development. The Old God, Yogg-Saron, spread an infection known as "the Curse of Flesh" that slowly turned the Titan-Forge into creatures of flesh and blood, all to make them more suseptible to madness and corruption.
  • Yandere Simulator: One of the stories Sukubi tells people about why he wears a dog collar is that he's actually a Great Dane that got turned into a human by a magical collar. What he says should be taken with a grain of salt, given his penchant for Multiple-Choice Past, but...well, it should be noted that his name is Sukubi Dubidu...

    Web Animation 
  • Inkling Meggy Spletzer from SMG4 ends up turning into a human at the climax of the Anime Arc. In order to stop Francis, she allows Axol to drain all of her ink to power up his magic pen, Inkweaver, to draw something that can defeat Francis' Super Saiyan Blue Goku. She survives, but loses everything about her Inkling self aside from her voice. And she loses that in the climax of the YouTube Arc, where a remote command from the YouTube Master Control Remote switches her language from Inkling to English. According to the creators, Meggy's humanization was planned from the beginning.
    • Melony, a simple watermelon outfitted with Meggy's headgear, also becomes human when a Fierce Deity Mask lands on it. The result is a cute, sleepy, hoodie-wearing girl with the voice of Korone Inugami who likes to sleep on bushes.

  • Myan from Cat Nine though she's more of a Cat Girl because the spell that allows her to transform was incomplete. She doesn't seem to mind though.
  • All the main characters in Deities eventually take on a human form, even God who is reluctant to at first.
  • In Godslave, Heru makes Sobek, crocodile god, turn into a human, to Sobek's disgruntlement.
  • Red from Gunnerkrigg Court is a Regional Fairy who wants to become human, initially. The first time we see her post-metamorphosis, she's in a barely-contained rage over her new body and over the human classes she has to take.
    • Although, once she learns about haircuts, she is pretty enthusiastic about the misguided notion that you can chop bits off a human's body, and Annie and Kat have to forcibly restrain her from trying it herself.
    • The reverse also happens: humans can become animals through a similar process.
    • And most non-fairy girls get turned into male humans. Ouch. Not going to stop the horny bunny!
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has the butterfly creature Princess Voluptua, who spends most of her time in the comic disguised as a beautiful woman.
  • In Kevin & Kell, the portal from Furth to Earth transforms animals into humans. Except Mrs. Aura and Nigel, who become dolphins. In Mrs Aura's Twitter feed, she became a human subsequently and the current retcon appears to be that dolphin-world is a separate reality.
    • Francis Fennec, the son of a fennec fox and a human-turned-rabbit, spent the first year of his life as what could only be described as a hereditary mess of an unclassifiable animal. Later, though, he turned into a human. Lindesfarne's research revealed that because Danielle was originally a human, any children born to her would eventually turn would her own, since she too came from the human world originally. Funny thing, though, Francis isn't that bothered about his humanity, since he's still a baby, but the uproar that ensued from the general population...
    • Inverted with Danielle - she was originally human, but became a rabbit after going through the portal.
  • Lovely Lovecraft: Nyarlathotep and Azathoth, as well as the other Outer Gods, have been forced into humanoid bodies and mortal existences for reasons as yet undiscovered. Nyarlathotep appears to be taking on some human traits, or at least is growing interested in human concepts such as trust and compassion.
  • Narbonic:
    • Artie the superintelligent talking gerbil is temporarily turned into a human for a specific mission. The transmogrifier ray reacted with his modified DNA to cause him to spontaneously switch between human and gerbil forms. Eventually he learns to control the changes, but he still thinks of himself primarily as a gerbil. Also fits the trope by having moviestar-type good looks, and a voice to match.
    • Also, Caliban the demon renounces his demonic powers and becomes mortal. He looks mostly the same, except for having lost the wings and horns, but that's because even as a demon he appeared as a little blond guy with a British accent.
  • All Ace characters in Pandect are animals that can turn human at will. Since humanity comes with a soul and a greatly extended lifespan, earning Ace is a great reward, albeit one with a lot of responsibility attached.
  • Princess Tigress Reborn is about Bai Ying, a pet tigress whose rage at her master's tragic death somehow reincarnated her as a human. She likes having the change to get revenge, but ofterwise considers the new form a downgrade; humans are held to much higher standards of etiquette than animals, and attach importance to sex that she does not.
  • While Aylee from Sluggy Freelance has never become fully human, she has eventually adopted a form close enough that, with a little makeup and contact lenses she can reasonably pass herself off as one. She actually seems quite happy about the transformation (particularly having fingers delicate enough to do things like pick paperclips off a table), though some of her attempts to fit in with humans can be a little frustrating.
  • Subverted in Witchprickers, when Ilemauzer the talking bat asks Old Scratch to change her into a human, only to turn into a Beast Man instead.
  • Boyfriend of the Dead: The longer a zombie goes without eating human flesh, the more it remembers of being human. Seeing elements of its human life seems to help; N focuses on his cooking, and many background zombies rediscover the joys of smartphones and tourism. Alex kills so many zombies that she manages to horrify many of them into regaining their sanity.
  • Towards the end of Peritale side-story Life Of Melody, Razzmatazz becomes human after tearing out his own fairy wings.
  • In The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred, Camlann, the sentient magic sword is turned into a human thanks to Éclat's power.
  • Becoming Blizzard combines this with Our Were Beasts Are Different - Amadeus' ex-boyfriend, a bear, turns into a human when there is a full moon.
  • In Kill Six Billion Demons, White Chain does this to herself as part of her apotheosis. She shrugs off her angelic nature, punches a demiurge with enough force to break her own forged ash armour, then creates a new human shell for herself, all faster than the spectators can see.

    Web Original 
  • The end of Gaia Online's poorly-named "Demonbusters" event has the central demigod characters stripped of their powers and reduced to mortality. Subsequent events feature them trying to return to being deities, to no avail.
  • Law Of Talos has Karl, a animated statue, turn into a human in the end due to A Wish to bring back every dead from the Tournament back to life (he was killed in the final round)... apparently the wish thought Animated Statue does not = Life. He is not pleased.
  • Vanguard, which involves a planet where bugs are apparently the dominant species being struck by a strange meteor. A scout goes to investigate...
  • SCP-1575 of SCP Foundation is a magical fountain which turns any animal that drinks from it into a human. Unlike most examples of the trope, Body Horror is involved.

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    Western Animation 
  • In Adventure Time this happens to the Lich, as Finn splashes him with healing water that turned into a giant human baby (albeit still with the horn). Although the Lich was originally a human transformed by the Mushroom Bomb, so...
  • In The Amazing Feats of Young Hercules, this happens to Falina the sable at the end of the movie. However, she was already a human princess before she was cursed into a sable.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • The episode "The Nuisance" sees the Wattersons grotesquely turned into a stereotypical nuclear family of humans after they become model citizens (except Darwin, who becomes a dog).
    • In the episode "The Lady", Richard has a female alter-ego named Samantha, achieved via Full-Body Disguise, which also makes him look entirely human.
    • The series finale "The Inquisition" has the superintendent of Elmore Junior High trying to turn all the students into humans (first cartoon humans, then live-action ones like him). It turns out to have been a plan by Rob to let them escape to "the other place" before Elmore is sucked into the Void.
  • The Angry Beavers episode "I'm Not An Animal, I'm Scientist #1" ends with Norb, Daggett and the other forest animals being turned into human beings.
  • The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! animated series had Tara Boumdeay, a female tomato who could be turned into a teenage female human by sneezing. Sneezing also turned her back into a tomato. It Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.
  • Gorilla Grodd's first appearance in Batman: The Brave and the Bold ends with him being turned into a human after his Devolution Device is put in reverse, though he's a gorilla again in later episodes.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force has Albedo, a Galvan (species of super-smart small aliens), being a victim of this: after he attempted to create his own Omnitrix and set it to match human protagonist Ben's one. The problem is, an Omnitrix has its owner's DNA as the default form, meaning he ends up turned into a clone of Ben. He was displeased to say the least. Amusingly, from some perspective, this a rare case where being turned into a human shouldn't be that bad technically talking: after all, humans are taller and physically stronger than Galvans, and it has been shown several times that Albedo retained his Galvan intelligence. The problem is, Albedo has a huge ego and believes Humans Are Flawed, so he considers it as unbearable.
    Albedo: I am stuck in a stinky, sweaty, noisy, hungry, hairy, smelly teenage human body, constantly craving chili fries and scratching myself in places I suspect are inappropriate!
  • Happens to the titular character of Bunsen is a Beast in the episode "Handsome Beast" after he eats a can of fancy body spray.
  • Happens to a wolf named Harry in the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing". He's the victim of Professor Nimnul's latest plan which involves swapping species so he can turn into a Wolf Man. (After said experiment goes awry, the episode also includes some spectacularly insane Mix-and-Match Critters.)
  • In the Conan the Adventurer episode "Bones of Damballa" Skulkar, an undead skeleton warrior servant of Wrath-Amon is transformed back into his original human form, and tricks Conan and Zula into helping him get his "other" form back.
  • The Fish Hooks episode "Pool Party Panic" involves Milo waking up to find that he and everyone else is human; however, it turns out to be All Just a Dream.
  • In one of the "What-If" episodes of Futurama, Bender is turned into a human and discovers the joys of food and dancing. He proceeds to spend a whole week eating, drinking, and partying. By the time the other characters find him, he's an outrageously fat slob in terrible shape. He proceeds to teach scientists how to live it up, and ultimately dies due to his lifestyle.
    Leela: Bender, you drank and smoked when you were a robot.
    Bender: Yeah, but now it's bad for me!
  • Gargoyles:
    • In "The Mirror," as a result of Puck "misinterpreting" Demona's demands, Goliath and his clan are all transformed into humans (Bronx becomes a dog), while every human in the city is transformed into a gargoyle. As an added twist, the transformed don't notice the change, being convinced that they were always in their current form and that it's the un-transformed party who suddenly changed species. Aside from that they retain all their memories, which allows the gargoyles to realize something's wrong when they note that their memories of gliding are contradicted by their current lack of wings.
    • Demona gains the ability to turn human by day after the above run-in with Puck. Despite initially being repulsed by this development, due to her genocidal hatred of humans, she successfully uses her new form to become a Corrupt Corporate Executive, which leaves her far better equipped to implement her murderous schemes (and even got married to the guy who wants her dead because he didn't recognize her human form).
    • Puck himself counts, in a way; he created his human identity (Owen Burnett) and voluntarily lived in it for years (very well, too), but when he helps Xanatos and the gargoyles fight Oberon, his punishment is being trapped in that form permanently, except when he needs to train or protect Alexander. Since he's Puck, he proves entirely capable of engineering loopholes for himself on occasion.
  • In Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Aya constructs herself a humanoid body, if only so that she can be a "real" Green Lantern, at the end of "Into the Abyss".
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Night of the Living Grim", Grim contracts a magical disease called "Encroaching Doom Syndrome" that ends up turning him into a mortal human. Hilarity Ensues until the end of the episode where a slime monster that appeared earlier eats him, but he comes out of the monster back in his skeleton form.
  • In the Halloween Episode of The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, it's revealed that monster children spend Halloween magically disguised as humans. One kid, however, makes a deal to make the spell a bit more permanent for everyone affected, requiring June to go through a Chain of Deals to reverse it before midnight.
  • Happens to Ohno of the Mighty Orbots in the episode "Wish World". She's forced to return to being a robot when it turns out the Orbots cannot combine without her.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: In "Enemy with My Face", the Melog is a creature of mud and rock that can take on the traits of whoever it touches. She touched She-Ra, gaining her strength, but also her personality, eventually leading to a Heel–Face Turn. She-Ra was able to use the magic of her sword to turn the Melog into a human girl.
  • In the Super Little Fanta Heroes retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Djali is turned into a human girl so that Pierre Gringoire can marry her. Yes, really.
  • The Movie of Teacher's Pet revolves around this trope - Spot, who has always wanted to be human, becomes a human man thanks to a Mad Scientist. In the end, he decides he's happy being a dog, and is returned to normal.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode "The Gang's All Here" had Michaelangelo become a human after eating some mutagenic cookies.
  • Transformers:
    • The Transformers:
      • The episode "Only Human" involves Springer, Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Arcee having their minds put into synthoid human forms by the villainous Victor Drath (with the help of the suspiciously familiar Old Snake). While they were "created" with white t-shirts and boxers, by strong coincidence they managed to find clothing that corresponded to their paint scheme hanging on four hooks inside an empty warehouse.
      • An awkward section of this episode featured Rodimus being invited into Michelle's house followed by a fade to black. The next Rodimus-based scene is set the next morning, when Michelle betrays him to her boyfriend Drath. It's not completely clear what went on that night, but Rodimus seemed very uncomfortable with it.
      • The earlier episode "Sea Change" involves Seaspray falling in love with a Human Alien woman, resulting in his entering a magical pool in order to become a "human" man (however, he keeps his metal feet and his 'bubbly' voice"). The alien woman later uses the pool to become a robot.
    • Transformers: Animated appears to pay tribute to "Only Human" with the two-parter "Human Error", which starts with the Autobots partying it up on Christmas Eve and going to sleep/"stasis", and then Optimus Prime waking up and finding himself—and all the other Autobots—in human form. This turns out to be a Decepticon plot to demoralize them into changing sides. It doesn't work. They get to indulge their curiousity about food, Optimus appreciates humanity better after trying to manually drive the fire truck, and Prowl figures out the VR world and uses it to gain Matrix-like power to help them return to their robot forms.
    • A temporary and non-supernatural variant occurs in Transformers: Rescue Bots - Graham designs a human form for Blades using a portable hologram emitter so that the latter can get promoted in Lab Pioneers.
  • Blinky from Trollhunters experiences this for a short while after being exposed to a number of unknown chemicals in Gatto's stomach.
  • The second Halloween Episode of We Bare Bears includes a segment where Charlie the Bigfoot turns himself into a human via a magic arcade machine in order to be able to go into the city with the bears without worrying about being seen by humans. However, the bears no longer recognize their pal Charlie this way, so Charlie goes back to the machine to turn back to normal, only for havoc to ensue when the magic arcade machine doesn't work the way that he wants it to and creates increasingly strange realities where Charlie is still a human and the world around him is messed up in odd ways. He does end up turning back to normal in the end, except that he and the bears now have pouches containing younger versions of themselves on their bodies. Charlie shrugs and carries on.


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Van Helsing's Monsterfication Ray is able to transform monsters into humans, with Dracula and his friends subjected to this. Except for Blobby who gets turned into a small plate of green gelatin instead.

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