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Basic Trope: A character becoming a tragic monster tries to resist the murderous instincts that come with the change, but usually not for long.

  • Straight: Bill is slowly turning into a viscious wereshark, and is trying to hold back the Unstoppable Rage.
  • Exaggerated: Bill goes so far as to shave or cut off any new parts he's growing due to the transformation, and stops speaking just in case he develops the Verbal Tic present for weresharks.
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  • Downplayed: Bill notices he is starting to become a total Jerkass, but can't stop himself no matter how hard he tries.
  • Justified: Bill is close to people he cares about and doesn't want to hurt them.
  • Inverted: Bill's pet shark is in a humanity ensues situation tries to resist human urges.
  • Subverted: The character feels themselves change, and gathers up all their heroic willpower to Resist the Beast, until … nothing. Their original mind remains perfectly intact.
  • Double Subverted: ...but then begins the Slow Transformation anew.
  • Parodied:
    • A character who becomes a werewolf tries in vain to resist his animalistic urges to … chase his tail and play fetch.
    • Bill is turned into a wererabbit, and now is permanently struggling against his Horror Hunger!... For copious amounts of carrots!!
  • Zig Zagged: Bill suppresses animalistic urges, alright - but not of the murderous sort. Until a timeskip several years ahead. He still never gets around to killing anyone... On purpose.
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  • Averted: Bill becomes a wereshark - be it voluntary or involuntary, permanently or otherwise - but his human mind was never at risk of being lost to any kind of primal instinct.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Better not let Bill sleep at our house any more - he won't act himself much longer."
  • Invoked: "How did you get yourself infected by a wereshark?!" says Bill's closest friend. "If I see even the slightest hint that you're turning, I'll... I'll have to kill you!"
  • Exploited: Bill actively having to resist acting a certain way just because of his species - and failing miserably - is used as propaganda against said species.
  • Defied: Bill is glad to be a wereshark, and happily turns on his human former friends.
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  • Discussed: "I heard Bill's been going to a therapist just because he got bitten by a wereshark. Something about 'urges'. He's always put behind some bars before the sessions begin."
  • Conversed: "20 bucks says Bill's gonna kill someone within the end of this episode and the writers'll use not being quite human as his excuse."
  • Implied: Bill, who would never hurt a fly, was turned into a wereshark shortly before being Put on a Bus. A few months after his last appearance he is given a brief cameo... Where he is seen hauled away by police, having just murdered someone in his wereshark state, but still crying what looks like Tears of Remorse.
  • Deconstructed: Bill asks for a Mercy Kill or commits suicide as he finds it harder to reconcile his pacifist nature with his homicidal one.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The show is fond of aesops about how not everyone from a certain group acts the same way. In fact, most of Bill's "urge-suppressing" is just him being a Boomerang Bigot.
  • Played For Laughs: Bill may have the urges to murder somebody... But nobody said he suddenly had to get good at it. A montage of failed murder attempts, each more ridiculous than the last, follows.

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