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20th Apr '18 9:42:59 AM FlekSiner
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* [[Creator/HirohikoAraki Araki's] manga, ''{{Manga/Baoh}}'', wasn't light on this either. Baoh's/Ikuro's attacks are Meltedin Palm Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro secretes extremely powerful acid from him palms that can melt human flesh as easily as it can melt steel [[/note]], Reskiniharden Saber Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro's skin extends and hardens into a pair of extremely sharp blades that he can detach and throw [[/note]], Shooting Bees-Stingers Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro launches hairs that burst into flame when heated by human bodies[[/note]], and Break-Dark-Thunder Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro creates thousands of volts in his body similar to an electric eel[[/note]].

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* [[Creator/HirohikoAraki Araki's] manga, ''{{Manga/Baoh}}'', wasn't light on this either. Baoh's/Ikuro's attacks are Meltedin Palm Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro secretes extremely powerful acid from him palms that can melt human flesh as easily as it can melt steel [[/note]], Reskiniharden Saber Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro's skin extends and hardens into a pair of extremely sharp blades that he can detach and throw [[/note]], Shooting Bees-Stingers Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro launches hairs that burst into flame when heated by human bodies[[/note]], and Break-Dark-Thunder Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro creates thousands of volts in his body similar to an electric eel[[/note]].
20th Apr '18 9:41:48 AM FlekSiner
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* [[Creator/HirohikoAraki Araki's]] previous manga, ''{{Manga/Baoh}}'', wasn't light on this either. Baoh's/Ikuro's attacks are Meltedin Palm Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro secretes extremely powerful acid from him palms that can melt human flesh as easily as it can melt steel [[/note]], Reskiniharden Saber Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro's skin extends and hardens into a pair of extremely sharp blades that he can detach and throw [[/note]], Shooting Bees-Stingers Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro launches hairs that burst into flame when heated by human bodies[[/note]], and Break-Dark-Thunder Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro creates thousands of volts in his body similar to an electric eel[[/note]].

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* [[Creator/HirohikoAraki Araki's]] previous Araki's] manga, ''{{Manga/Baoh}}'', wasn't light on this either. Baoh's/Ikuro's attacks are Meltedin Palm Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro secretes extremely powerful acid from him palms that can melt human flesh as easily as it can melt steel [[/note]], Reskiniharden Saber Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro's skin extends and hardens into a pair of extremely sharp blades that he can detach and throw [[/note]], Shooting Bees-Stingers Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro launches hairs that burst into flame when heated by human bodies[[/note]], and Break-Dark-Thunder Phenomenon[[note]]Ikuro creates thousands of volts in his body similar to an electric eel[[/note]].
19th Apr '18 9:51:57 AM narm00
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** A [[TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial Beast's]] soul has been replaced with a living nightmare that takes the form of a mythic monster and its lair. As such, they have innate abilities that draw on the capabilities of the monster and its lair, and can call up fears from the collective human soul to leave their victims quivering wrecks. One particularly Lovecraftian power is Infestation, which allows a Beast with a suitable nightmare-soul to transform their body into a swarm of insects.
7th Apr '18 12:19:56 AM Vir
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* Some lucky Infected in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' gain considerable powers, at the expense of their... human appearance. May not apply because you can't "Choose" to become a special infected, but the theory is there anyway.

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* Some lucky Infected in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' gain considerable powers, at the expense of their... human appearance. May not apply because you can't "Choose" "choose" to become a special infected, but the theory is there anyway.



* A more subtle example are the deformed, EldritchAbomination-worshipping swampfolk and tribals in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' DLC ''Point Lookout'', which, while they don't have tentacles or other Lovecraftian appendages, do have [[MadeOfIron superhuman durability]] and [[AWizardDidIt magical]] [[ArmorPiercingAttack armor-ignoring weapons]].

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* A more subtle example are the deformed, EldritchAbomination-worshipping swampfolk and tribals in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' DLC ''Point Lookout'', which, while they don't have tentacles or other Lovecraftian appendages, do have [[MadeOfIron superhuman durability]] and [[AWizardDidIt magical]] [[ArmorPiercingAttack armor-ignoring weapons]].
29th Mar '18 1:34:26 PM RedScharlach
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* [[TheWoobie Allen Walker]] of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has a monstrously deformed left arm that can transform itself into a much larger flexible and extendable claw arm, or a uzi/cannon arm. This only gets [[FromBadToWorse worse]] as the series progresses, with Allen's arm transforming into an even more deformed claw, only for him to later be able to remove it from his body and turn it into a sword. And that's just the main character; let's not get started on the various Noahs, Akumas and [[spoiler:Third Exorcists]].

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* [[TheWoobie Allen Walker]] of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has a monstrously deformed left arm that can transform itself into a much larger flexible and extendable claw arm, or a an uzi/cannon arm. This only gets [[FromBadToWorse worse]] as the series progresses, with Allen's arm transforming into an even more deformed claw, only for him to later be able to remove it from his body and turn it into a sword. And that's just the main character; let's not get started on the various Noahs, Akumas and [[spoiler:Third Exorcists]].



** And of course, there's Wolverine's claws. Which are bone knives that slice through his forearms and hands everytime they extend. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing He Can Heal]] indeed.

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** And of course, there's there are Wolverine's claws. Which are bone knives that slice through his forearms and hands everytime every time they extend. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing He Can Heal]] indeed.



** A oneshot Morlock was named [=MeMe=]. He absorbs people into himself physically to get bigger and stronger; at any given point, screaming humans melted into him and each other will be wriggling around on his body, with the limbs and faces of his less-intact victims jutting out every which way. As they shift and more are added, he never looks exactly the same in any two panels.

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** A oneshot one-shot Morlock was named [=MeMe=]. He absorbs people into himself physically to get bigger and stronger; at any given point, screaming humans melted into him and each other will be wriggling around on his body, with the limbs and faces of his less-intact victims jutting out every which way. As they shift and more are added, he never looks exactly the same in any two panels.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf'', Rose's ability to connect to the Time Vortex is treated as this. She nearly dies almost every time she uses it, she actually [[CameBackWrong did]] [[DeathActivatedSuperpower die]] in the process of gaining it, and it's treated as so terribly ''wrong'' by the other character that Rose chooses to hide it from the Doctor - with disastrous consequences.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf'', Rose's ability to connect to the Time Vortex is treated as this. She nearly dies almost every time she uses it, she actually [[CameBackWrong did]] [[DeathActivatedSuperpower die]] in the process of gaining it, and it's treated as so terribly ''wrong'' by the other character characters that Rose chooses to hide it from the Doctor - with disastrous consequences.



** The core rules have the Phantasmal Killer spell, which essentially makes you appear to your foes as though transformed into a alien monstrosity. If it works, they die of fright.

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** The core rules have the Phantasmal Killer spell, which essentially makes you appear to your foes as though transformed into a an alien monstrosity. If it works, they die of fright.
29th Mar '18 12:41:40 PM RedScharlach
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** And from the third arc onward, several Stands have those types of powers (such as a minuscule Stand that enters your brain through the ear canal and wreaks havoc on your nervous system or turns its victims into PeoplePuppets, or one that manifests as a pustulant, tumorous growth either on its wielder ([[spoiler:which covers them from head to toe and can be altered to make them look like a completely different person]]) or their enemy (where it grows into a grotesque homonculus/conjoined twin who then tries its damnedest to murder its host body). Those two examples are just two from early in the first arc to use Stands, and since the freakiness of said Stands only escalates in latter arcs... It's that kind of series.

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** And from the third arc onward, several Stands have those types of powers (such as a minuscule Stand that enters your brain through the ear canal and wreaks havoc on your nervous system or turns its victims into PeoplePuppets, or one that manifests as a pustulant, tumorous growth either on its wielder ([[spoiler:which covers them from head to toe and can be altered to make them look like a completely different person]]) or their enemy (where it grows into a grotesque homonculus/conjoined homunculus/conjoined twin who then tries its damnedest to murder its host body). Those two examples are just two from early in the first arc to use Stands, and since the freakiness of said Stands only escalates in latter arcs... It's that kind of series.



** The ninja Pain has a lot of these. First of all, his ability to posses and use the bodies of dead people as if they were his own. Next, each body has it's own unique ability. The Shurando body that Pain uses can read peoples minds by [[YourSoulIsMine ripping out their souls]] which can kill them. The Jingokudo body can summon the king of hell which is a large demonic head that uses mouth tentacles to connect to a living person and if they lie, their life-force is drained and the target dies. The real big one is Gedo or "Outer Path" which allows pain to not only manipulate the forces of life and death by resurrecting people, but he can resurrect thousands of people at once.

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** The ninja Pain has a lot of these. First of all, his ability to posses and use the bodies of dead people as if they were his own. Next, each body has it's its own unique ability. The Shurando body that Pain uses can read peoples minds by [[YourSoulIsMine ripping out their souls]] which can kill them. The Jingokudo body can summon the king of hell which is a large demonic head that uses mouth tentacles to connect to a living person and if they lie, their life-force is drained and the target dies. The real big one is Gedo or "Outer Path" which allows pain to not only manipulate the forces of life and death by resurrecting people, but he can resurrect thousands of people at once.



* In ''{{Fanfic/Daymare}}'' this becomes Izuku's Quirk, Living Nightmare, which at it's most powerful allows him to turn into an EldritchAbomination, leaving destruction in his path. Still, having a terrifying Quirk like this left its mark, with this Izuku being a lot more messed up than his canon counterpart.

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* In ''{{Fanfic/Daymare}}'' this becomes Izuku's Quirk, Living Nightmare, which at it's its most powerful allows him to turn into an EldritchAbomination, leaving destruction in his path. Still, having a terrifying Quirk like this left its mark, with this Izuku being a lot more messed up than his canon counterpart.



* In Season 3 episode "Earshot", [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] fears she might get a Lovecraftian superpower after touching demon blood. Instead she got PsychicPowers, though with great power came great [[BlessedWithSuck suckiness]] that got her nearly insane.

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* In Season 3 episode "Earshot", [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] fears she might get a Lovecraftian superpower after touching demon blood. Instead she got PsychicPowers, though with great power came great [[BlessedWithSuck suckiness]] that got her nearly sent her insane.



** And then, of course, there's volume 3 Mohinder, who [[spoiler:uses his own serum to grant him Spider Man-style powers, with the side-effect of growing scales over his skin]].

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** And then, of course, there's volume 3 Mohinder, who [[spoiler:uses his own serum to grant him himself Spider Man-style powers, with the side-effect of growing scales over his skin]].



* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXI'' has this in Blue Mages and the backstory's precursor experiments toward creating the Blue Mage. The original experiments included grafting monstrous appendages and material to people, which gave them power but either drove them insane, or transformed them into flan (spell-casting blobs) or soulflayers (read: D&D's mindflayers with the serial numbers barely filed off). When they attempted to just graft a portion of a monster's magic and spirit to the experiments' subjects, they created the first viable blue mages, but even then, a Blue Mage gains their power from assimilating their opponents, and if pushed too far, carries the risk of becoming a soulflayer as well. Which invites the thought: just imagine how many players have unlocked Blue Mage on any given server...? In fact, their powers are so risky and their teammates so paranoid about said risk it's said no blue mage has ever died of natural causes.

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* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXI'' has this in Blue Mages and the backstory's precursor experiments toward creating the Blue Mage. The original experiments included grafting monstrous appendages and material to people, which gave them power but either drove them insane, or transformed them into flan (spell-casting blobs) or soulflayers (read: D&D's mindflayers with the serial numbers barely filed off). When they attempted to just graft a portion of a monster's magic and spirit to the experiments' subjects, they created the first viable blue mages, but even then, a Blue Mage gains their power from assimilating their opponents, and if pushed too far, carries the risk of becoming a soulflayer as well. Which invites the thought: just imagine how many players have unlocked Blue Mage on any given server...? In fact, their powers are so risky and their teammates so paranoid about said that risk that it's said no blue mage has ever died of natural causes.



* Carmilla in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, since she literally is a HumanoidAbomination: one of her grandparents is Shub-Niggurath, on on her mother's side she's directly related to Cthulhu and the Deep Ones. And you thought ''your'' family was freaky. She's got the CombatTentacles and wierd shapeshifting down. In one story, she split her face open to reveal what it looked like inside, and scared a superhero so bad he wet himself.

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* Carmilla in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, since she literally is a HumanoidAbomination: one of her grandparents is Shub-Niggurath, on on her mother's side she's directly related to Cthulhu and the Deep Ones. And you thought ''your'' family was freaky. She's got the CombatTentacles and wierd weird shapeshifting down. In one story, she split her face open to reveal what it looked like inside, and scared a superhero so bad he wet himself.



* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': Night (of the villain duo Night And Fog) turns into ... ''something'' incomprehensible, fast and super strong as long as nobody can see her.

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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': Night (of the villain duo Night And Fog) turns into ...into... ''something'' incomprehensible, fast and super strong as long as nobody can see her.



** In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', Osmosians have the power to absorb matter and energy and use it to transform their bodies. Absorbing energy has the nastiest effects and warps [[BodyHorror body]] ''and'' [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mind]]. This {{Retcon}} explains [[SameCharacterButDifferent the complete overhaul of Kevin's personality and powers]] between the original ''Ben 10'' and the rest of the series. When we first saw that he'd gone from an energy-absorbing, murderous, sociopath (who'd absorbed the power of the Omnitrix to become a horrific mishmash of Ben's original 10 alien forms, and eventually lost the ability to turn human again) to a gruff but decent guy who can turn into any material he touches. It made no sense, but now it turns out it's that he could always absorb matter and energy; doing it with energy created the Kevin of the original series and once he switched to matter he went ''back'' to being the Kevin of the later series, in mind and body. In ''Ultimate Alien'', he's forced to absorb the Omnitrix's power again, becoming a hideous mashup of Ben's ''new'' aliens instead of the original ten. (Yes, this makes him AxCrazy again, too.)

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** In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', Osmosians have the power to absorb matter and energy and use it to transform their bodies. Absorbing energy has the nastiest effects and warps [[BodyHorror body]] ''and'' [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mind]]. This {{Retcon}} explains [[SameCharacterButDifferent the complete overhaul of Kevin's personality and powers]] between the original ''Ben 10'' and the rest of the series. When we first saw that he'd gone from an energy-absorbing, murderous, sociopath (who'd absorbed the power of the Omnitrix to become a horrific mishmash of Ben's original 10 alien forms, and eventually lost the ability to turn human again) to a gruff but decent guy who can turn into any material he touches. It made no sense, but now it turns out it's that he could always absorb matter and energy; doing it with energy created the Kevin of the original series and once he switched to matter he went ''back'' to being the Kevin of the later series, in mind and body. In ''Ultimate Alien'', he's forced to absorb the Omnitrix's power again, becoming a hideous mashup of Ben's ''new'' aliens instead of the original ten. (Yes, this makes him AxCrazy again, too.)
21st Mar '18 8:05:12 AM TheNerevarine
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* Megaera in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarAscension'' has a four SpiderLimbs and can secrete [[PuppeteerParasites parasites]] from her chest that burrow underneath the skin of any living creatures. Once infected, these beings will grow into more [[BodyHorror twisted and horrific forms]] unlike anything seen in Greek myth.

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* Megaera in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarAscension'' has a four SpiderLimbs and can secrete [[PuppeteerParasites [[PuppeteerParasite parasites]] from her chest that burrow underneath the skin of any living creatures. Once infected, these beings will grow into more [[BodyHorror twisted and horrific forms]] unlike outside of anything seen in Greek myth.myth and more like a sci-fi horror alien.
17th Mar '18 9:00:49 AM TheNerevarine
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* Megaera in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarAscension'' has a four SpiderLimbs and can secrete [[PuppeteerParasites parasites]] from her chest that burrow underneath the skin of any living creatures. Once infected, these beings will grow into more [[BodyHorror twisted and horrific forms]] unlike anything seen in Greek myth.
2nd Mar '18 5:37:01 AM REV6Pilot
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* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'''s "Insect Swarm" plasmid causes a small hive-like growth to form on your palm, which allows you to ''[[BeeBeeGun throw live swarms of hornets]] at your foes''.
** Most of the other plasmids, which are injected into yourself in order to [[LegoGenetics rapidly modify your genetic structure]], combine this with ElementalPowers.

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* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'''s ''VideoGame/{{BioShock}}'': Most of the plasmids, which are injected in order to [[LegoGenetics rapidly modify your genetic structure]], combine this with ElementalPowers.
** [[VideoGame/BioShock1 The first game]]'s
"Insect Swarm" plasmid causes a small hive-like growth to form on your palm, which allows you to ''[[BeeBeeGun throw live swarms of hornets]] at your foes''.
** Most of the other plasmids, which are injected into yourself in order to [[LegoGenetics rapidly modify your genetic structure]], combine this with ElementalPowers.
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* The cultists of ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'', more specifically those residing in the titular location, gain boons as terribly effective as they are nasty to see. Some are so distorted that they lose their Human typing, and become Eldritch-Beast.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''
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The cultists of ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'', cultists, more specifically those residing in the titular location, gain boons as terribly effective as they are nasty to see. Some are so distorted that they lose their Human typing, and become Eldritch-Beast.



** On the player's side, the Occultist has access to summonable CombatTentacles, as well as a variety of curses and debuffs. It's heavily these powers come from a DealWithTheDevil.

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** On the player's side, the Occultist has access to summonable CombatTentacles, as well as a variety of curses and debuffs. It's heavily implied these powers come from a DealWithTheDevil.
13th Feb '18 1:04:20 PM mikke
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* The Black Beast from ''{{Fanfic/TheMissingWorlds}}'' falls under this. He used to be a human warrior who was given a [[BlessedWithSuck blessing]] by his priestess: with each person he killed, he would become stronger. When he passed the limits of strength a human body could support, he began to morph into something monstrous (implied to resemble the Minotaur.) Then [[TorchesAndPitchforks a mob of angry villagers]] killed his MoralityChain. By the end of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, he wasn't even remotely humanoid.

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* The Black Beast from ''{{Fanfic/TheMissingWorlds}}'' ''{{Fanfic/The Missing Worlds}}'' falls under this. He used to be a human warrior who was given a [[BlessedWithSuck blessing]] by his priestess: with each person he killed, he would become stronger. When he passed the limits of strength a human body could support, he began to morph into something monstrous (implied to resemble the Minotaur.) Then [[TorchesAndPitchforks a mob of angry villagers]] killed his MoralityChain. By the end of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, he wasn't even remotely humanoid.
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