[05] I became a monster?!

[05] I became a monster?!
Now a classic sub-genre of the Isekai genre, getting transformed into a monster is often accompanied by game elements or ability to evolve...

So many outside NU:
1. Metamorphosis (Kafka) - bug (cockroach?) - classic, amazing, depressing, and not very long, go read it. This is the grandfather of the genre
2. The Iron Teeth - goblin - by far the best - goblin MC is not reincarnated...
3. A Dragon's Curiosity - dragon/human
4. The Dark Herbalist (Russian) - goblin - VRMMO goblin series
5. Chrysalis - warrior ant fighting for queen and hive
6. Threadbare - teddy bear
7. Queen in the mud - salamander with cute magic and city building
8. Demon's virtue - an imp
9. Life reset - yet another goblin - VRMMO like Dark Herbalist
10. I don't want to be the hive queen - Vex (humanoid/ant/zerg?) - [have not read yet]
11. Fork this life - fork [have not read yet]
12. Lament of the fallen - chimeric demon/kitsune/angel - [have not yet read]
13. Vainqueur the dragon - dragon - comedy - surprisingly good worldbuilding, comedy hinders characters
14. Parasite king - parasite
15. Archaic princess - zerg
16. Everybody loves large chests - mimic
17. Is that a wisp - wisp
18. Tree of aeons - tree - good premise, inconsistent mechanics and lots of plot armour
19. The snake report - snake

If you like this type of story, you might also like Reincarnated as a Dungeon Core novels. You can check my other list if you want to see some of those.
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Created: May 29th, 2020, Updated: Jul 12th, 2020
Created May 29th, 2020
Updated Jul 12th, 2020
JP (4.6)
156 Chapters Every 6.5 Day(s) 14938 Readers 104 Reviews 06-08-2020
A bit different from others in the genre, Overlord is about someone who became his lvl99 game character lich and then... the game character came to life in a world that was not the game...... more>>
JP (4.5)
717 Chapters Every 53.2 Day(s) 20601 Readers 145 Reviews 11-25-2018
Great monsters living in a well explored dungeon ecosystem. The MC becomes a spider who slowly goes up the ranks and takes advantage of his human intelligence to become OPOP.... more>>
KR (4.4)
0 Chapters Every 21.7 Day(s) 8375 Readers 111 Reviews 08-22-2018
Well written and fully displaying the manliness and honour of an Orc warrior, not unlike a WoW orc.... more>>
KR (4.2)
56 Chapters Every 98.2 Day(s) 3250 Readers 20 Reviews 04-09-2020
Becoming an elemental has a certain elegance. Characters suffer a bit of kindness in this one, but overall, it's an amusing fantasy reincarnation.... more>>
JP (4.2)
39 Chapters Every 93.2 Day(s) 4971 Readers 8 Reviews 04-29-2017
Pretty unique, Spirt Migration uses an interesting strategy of making the MC a free spirit to possess various animals and monsters for different arcs.... more>>
JP (4.3)
438 Chapters Every 2 Day(s) 23050 Readers 82 Reviews 01-02-2020
Ah, the dream of the slimes, to grow and evolve. The concept was great and particularly the early parts of the novel that focus on... more>>
JP (4.6)
110 Chapters Every 8.2 Day(s) 5260 Readers 59 Reviews 01-12-2020
[haven't read yet]
JP (4.3)
74 Chapters Every 67 Day(s) 8699 Readers 24 Reviews 07-24-2018
[haven't read yet]
CN (3.9)
309 Chapters Every 1.1 Day(s) 640 Readers 11 Reviews 08-05-2020
[have not yet read] - comes with a high recommendation from Pandaryn in the comments! Looks promising
JP (4.2)
362 Chapters Every 1.9 Day(s) 15508 Readers 80 Reviews 08-05-2020
[haven't read yet]
KR (3.7)
176 Chapters Every 1.2 Day(s) 11116 Readers 130 Reviews 05-04-2018
[haven't yet read] -or rather, I read the first couple chapters but didn't get into it... have been meaning to go give it another try,... more>>
JP (4.1)
101 Chapters Every 33.6 Day(s) 6780 Readers 39 Reviews 08-05-2020
[haven't read yet]
KR (4.1)
166 Chapters Every 6.4 Day(s) 6646 Readers 41 Reviews 08-03-2020
Meh, it is one of the better ones... I can understand why it would get 4.1 stars on NU: because people are ignorant of Iron Teeth. Go read the better series.... more>>
JP (3.8)
507 Chapters Every 4.9 Day(s) 10124 Readers 54 Reviews 08-05-2020
Yet another goblin novel! Cough I haven't actually read it cough, but I'm told it's better than Re:Monster and imagine it's still worse than Green... more>>
JP (3.5)
23 Chapters Every 111.6 Day(s) 7498 Readers 62 Reviews 07-21-2016
Nostalgic... one of the classics of the genre... how we all had such high hopes.... more>>
JP (3.9)
20 Chapters Every 5.5 Day(s) 851 Readers 3 Reviews 06-15-2020
[haven't read yet]
JP (3.9)
48 Chapters Every 33 Day(s) 2744 Readers 8 Reviews 04-01-2020
[haven't read yet]
JP (3.3)
217 Chapters Every 23.1 Day(s) 11180 Readers 109 Reviews 07-24-2020
[haven't read yet]
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  1. SassyCanoeWizard
    SassyCanoeWizard· Jun 15, 2020 01:08 PM
    Thanks for including novels that are not listed on novelupdates. At some point of time i enjoyed reading about bizarre reincarnations, but alas i had found out that i read best specimens that nu could have offered and so i simply switched onto different genres. Stories about ant and fork are especially endearing. It was quite interesting to read about ants’ wacky mentality and fork setting on adventure. Story about big chests starts pretty good but goes south as more female characters are introduced and plot goes boobs.
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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jun 15, 2020 02:35 PM
      Yeah, I felt that too, unfortunately. I liked the concept, but couldn't keep interested. Chrysalis was great, fork a decent comedy (though one started strong and fell off).
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  2. Nuibance
    Nuibance· Jun 10, 2020 11:33 PM
    fork is not discontinued yetclear.png
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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jun 11, 2020 04:28 AM
      Oh! It's back! Thanks for the tip!
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  3. SassyCanoeWizard
    SassyCanoeWizard· Jun 15, 2020 02:23 PM
    Threadbare is awesome. Author is good with words
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  4. FIEND
    FIEND· Jun 5, 2020 06:17 PM

    try some webnovels as well

    tree of aeons

    archaic princess

    parasite king

    by far my favos

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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jun 5, 2020 10:39 PM
      Oh, good stuff! I'll add it at the top and definitely on my to read list (some of these appeal to me more than FFF class tr*sh to be honest)
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  5. Kamuizin
    Kamuizin· Jul 12, 2020 01:19 AM

    About non NU novels, there’s “beast cultivation system”, xianxia magical beast (dragon) FMC.

    Starts awesome, invert to a ret*rd yuri appealing mature content after the secret realm arc (almost like the author was substituted), and is dropped at ch 75 more or less.

    Still, fits the list.

    Btw, if you have anything in this style (that keep a minimum quality) gimme a tip plz!

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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jul 12, 2020 03:19 AM

      Thanks for leaving a comment and more series that fit this genre! Err, but it doesn't sound like you're strongly recommending it, so now I'm wondering whether to include it or not. The reviews on the RRL page for it are also quite mixed. Mostly liking the idea but criticising the writing style, it seems... Hope you don't mind I leave that one off the list, but hopefully people who are still looking for moar will come down and read the comments!

      You know where to find me! I'll definitely keep updating this list as I find more novels in the genre! Wish I knew some more too... I'm sure a budding author out there has just started one as I type my comment!

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  6. King Kid
    King Kid· Jul 11, 2020 08:02 AM
    You should read a monster that levels up
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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jul 12, 2020 03:20 AM
      Ah yes, I loved the author's other work The Novel's Extra. I did actually try out A Monster Who Levels Up, but didn't get into it. I should give it another try. I had forgotten about it, but it definitely fits this list -adding it in!
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  7. Underla5nd
    Underla5nd· Jul 4, 2020 01:48 PM

    Something to correct, “The Wandering Inn” is not a “reincarnated as a monster” story; it’s about a girl who is teleported to another world, where she becomes an innkeeper. She calls her inn “The Wandering Inn” because she herself has wandered to another world, and has all sorts of customers throughout the story, from monsters to humans and anything in between.

    Ie. it’s an “I became an innkeeper in another world” story, not an “I became an inn” story.

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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jul 4, 2020 06:33 PM

      Ah! My bad...

      Thanks Underla5nd! I'll move that to a more appropriate list.

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  8. FIEND
    FIEND· Jul 3, 2020 02:40 AM

    tall rice where u been, u never replied to my last comment u dumpling Anyways awesome list for inhuman stuff, you mind if I add those to my list as well? wel ill be doing it anyways just giving u a headsup

    Christalis is gods gift to mankind

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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jul 4, 2020 01:05 AM

      Go ahead! Worker ants work as a colony! (cough, the credits in your descriptions are appreciated, of course, thanks!)

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  9. digi
    digi· Jun 28, 2020 09:48 PM

    "Misadventures of a Rampaging Demon" is pure gold , is not an isekai but the mc is completely new to the world she finds herself in...so it's similar.

    "The Demonologues" is an isekai where the MC is reincarnated as some kind of overpowered omunculus with serious mental issues caused by the whole being reincarnated and being forced to survive in a wasteland alone for years surrounded by monsters

    "Lament of the fallen" is a novel focused on revenge and becoming the strongest being in the planes of existence. The MC is something similar to a chimeric being with kitsune , demon and angelic heritage able to switch forms.

    "I don't want to be the hive queen" is my favorite atm. It is a story where a male fast food worker dies and gets reincarnated as a Vex Queen (humanoid lizard insect hybrid). The problem of being a queen of this race is that right after birth, she gets exiled by the Hive and is forced to build an hive of her own all by herself in an hostile forest filled with dangerous monsters. The even bigger catch is... she needs to build it by giving birth to every single new addiction of said new hive. (luckly as an hive queen she does not need a sexual partner to reproduce).

    "Vainqueur the dragon" is a story about an ancient dragon known for his strength, greed and vanity who wakes up from his slumber, only to find a random isekaied adventurer attempting to steal something from his hoard. In order to be spared the Adventurer tries  talking things out with the dragon, by doing so he unwittingly reveal to Vainqueur the existence of the Adventurers guild and "the skills System". With this newfound knowledge, our prickly dragon, appoints the thief adventurer as his new chief of staff and decides to became an adventurer himself in order to earn more gold for his hoard by completing S class quests just as a dragon would. by burning everything in his path to the ground and letting his new underling do the talkings with those tiny and terrified humans

    All these stories are on "Royal Road" for free, so enjoy

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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jun 29, 2020 11:29 AM

      Thanks digi! Great mentions! 

      I had forgotten about Vainqueur - only one of your additions I have read. I didn't particularly enjoy it... worldbuilding was great, and the characters were consistent, but somehow the comedy made me unable to relate and the plot seemed to jump around a bit frenetically. But I shouldn't let my tastes affect the list, still one of the most popular out there.

      Of the others, Rampaging and Demonologues appear to be hiatus, so I'll leave them off.

      I don't want to be a hive queen looks the most interesting - some of the reviewers are also mentioning well crafted characters.

      Lament of the fallen I've seen around on the top rated for a while. At the same time, I've seen some comments on the series that say it is written blandly, very much just recounting things, rather than getting into character development and drama properly.

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    • digi
      digi· Jun 29, 2020 01:54 PM

      @tallrice to be honest I haven't finished Vainqueur either. Maybe because i was not in the mood for it or maybe because it was too much of a commitment reading such a long story at the time. I decided to mention it anyway because it is well written and has an intriguing premise, it also made me laugh a lot :D.

      Regarding the two in hiatus (the bane of readers), i mentioned them because are among the best stories i have read so far of this genre and i consider worth to be read even if they will never receive an ending.

      Lament is better written than many novels you find on line, yeah it focuses more on getting stronger and giving adrenaline rush rather than expanding its characters... but some people enjoys that kind of stories and i advice to give it a shot if you are into that kind of stuff (kind of like a edgy shounen)

      Regarding Hive queen, just read it :D

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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jun 30, 2020 02:59 AM
      @digi I've recommended hiatus novels too, so I should not be hypocritical! Those are high words of praise, so I'll at least see if I can give them a try! Thanks for following up!
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    • Sanatoga
      Sanatoga· Jul 30, 2020 03:55 AM

      Just weighing in my anti-recommendation for "I don't want to be the hive queen".

      It's decent, but nothing to write home about.

      Main character is a good person but thickheaded and stubborn in the worst ways. Traits which are, if anything, exaggerated as the story continues. The secondary main character, Clara alreadyforgothername, is straight up painful to read--somehow even more stubborn and thickheaded than the protagonist, while also being remarkably caustic even to her close friends. And not in the cute tsundere way either; in a manner that could be called "standoffish" at best and "a touchy a**hole" if one was feeling less charitable.

      This thickheadedness extends into the management of the hive itself. The main character makes criminally poor use of his genetic sculpting ability, unable to come up with even the most basic templates. 

      Me: "A hedgehog that can shoot its quills with disproportionate force for its size? I wonder if that could make projectile-firing minions..." (this monster is never mentioned again)

      Also me: "Giant spiders?!? Their web-spinning ability would be..." (the protagonist actively avoids these monsters)

      Still me: "OK. You just ate a quarter of your weight in venomous insects, and even noted that they were poisonous after digesting them. Something like toxic-gas emitting monsters is clearly beyond your mental capacity, but I'm sure even you can manage to slap venom onto your warrior template...Right?" (nope)

      None of his minions are more imaginative than Zerglings. And, true to form, his tactics and cleverness are at the same level. Basically anything more complex than zergling burrow-ambush-swarm tactics is completely beyond him. Even something on the level of handing a bow and arrows to his centaur-like minions is out of the question.

      Basically, if you're looking for a story about a hivemind Zerg-esque swarm being awesome, this is the bottom of the barrel. And the characters are all too unlikeable or one-dimensional to make up for it.

      If you can turn your brain off enough to be impressed by the protagonist, the world building and prose are decent (if nothing special), so you might potentially enjoy it. But I'd still encourage you to look elsewhere before trying this story.

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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jul 30, 2020 11:30 AM
      @Sanatoga Thanks for weighing in Sanatoga! That does sound more like a royal road novel now! I can't say I'm surprised, but I shall temper my expectations when I go read it.
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  10. Pandaryn
    Pandaryn· Jun 28, 2020 02:46 AM

    Have you read ‘Tales of the world devouring serpent’ it’s an amazing story some of the chapter links are on Novelupdates but not all, here’s the link if your interested.   https://reincarnationpalace.com/tales-of-the-world-devouring-serpent/ 

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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jun 28, 2020 05:45 AM
      I have not come across that one before! Thanks for the recommendation, I'll check it out!
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    • Pandaryn
      Pandaryn· Jul 7, 2020 05:01 AM
      @tallrice  No problem and I love your list , It's given me a lot to read  :)
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