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17th Mar '17 7:55:51 AM Gosicrystal
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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', the [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokemon]] Zygarde is actually composed of many smaller green creatures known as Zygarde Cells (too small and weak to individually be called Pokémon), as well as other small creatures called Zygarde Cores, which serve as the "brains". The form Zygarde takes is actually determined by how many of the cells it has gathered to itself -- the serpent-like form encountered in the games is actually only its "50 Percent" Forme, and it possesses a much stronger Complete Forme resembling a [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/1/14/718Zygarde-Complete_XY_anime.png bipedal mecha-esque kaiju]].
** In the same game, there's Barbaracle, a humanoid mass of barnacles, although it downplays the trope a bit by being only seven creatures.

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', the ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'':
*** The
[[OlympusMons Legendary Pokemon]] Pokémon]] Zygarde is actually composed of many smaller green creatures known as Zygarde Cells (too small and weak to individually be called Pokémon), as well as other small creatures called Zygarde Cores, which serve as the "brains". The form Zygarde takes is actually determined by how many of the cells it has gathered to itself -- the serpent-like form encountered in the games is actually only its "50 Percent" Forme, and it possesses a much stronger Complete Forme resembling a [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/1/14/718Zygarde-Complete_XY_anime.png bipedal mecha-esque kaiju]].
** In the same game, there's Barbaracle, *** Barbaracle is a humanoid mass of barnacles, although it downplays the trope a bit by being only seven creatures.
13th Mar '17 10:34:46 AM LondonKdS
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* In "The Tractate Middoth" by [[Creator/MontagueRhodesJames M R James]], the ghost is implied to be a human spirit possessing a horde of spiders and shaping a human form out of them.

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* In "The Tractate Middoth" by [[Creator/MontagueRhodesJames M R James]], the ghost is implied to be a human spirit possessing a horde of spiders and shaping a human form out of them.them and their webs.
12th Mar '17 5:22:53 PM nombretomado
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* It's technically "the swarm of frog fetuses that crawls", but ''TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}'''s [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/ovulooge.htm Ovulooge]] fits here like a glove. For a more traditional example (even though they don't quite look the part) are the Wormbrains. In their case the creature itself is merely a (Usually [[WasOnceAMan formerly human]]) meat puppet for the billions of parasitic worms living inside of it.


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* It's technically "the swarm of frog fetuses that crawls", but ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'''s [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/ovulooge.htm Ovulooge]] fits here like a glove. For a more traditional example (even though they don't quite look the part) are the Wormbrains. In their case the creature itself is merely a (Usually [[WasOnceAMan formerly human]]) meat puppet for the billions of parasitic worms living inside of it.
10th Mar '17 6:53:22 AM TitanJump
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* The "[[OurZombiesAreDifferent Carriers]]" from ''{{Manga/Infection}}'' are basically colonies of maggots nesting within corpses of their victims, multiplying in such numbers that they burst out whenever the corpse opens its mouth. The problem only gets worse when they [[spoiler: start growing in [[FromBadToWorse ''size'']] as well.]]
10th Mar '17 6:49:53 AM TitanJump
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* Done in the most {{Squick}}tacular way possible in ''Manga/ApocalypseNoToride''. When the four juvenile delinquents escape from the frenzied prison into the zombie-filled streets of the city, they discover to their horror that the [[ThatsNoMoon mountain in the middle of the street is actually a towering mound made of the rotting corpses of the undead]], with a [[http://mangafox.me/manga/apocalypse_no_toride/v01/c003/43.html stark-naked figure sitting on the very top like a macabre throne.]] Then the mound starts [[http://mangafox.me/manga/apocalypse_no_toride/v02/c004/13.html moving.]]
* Borgir Bor from the ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'' anime/manga series.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': The Godhand do not have bodies that exist [[LayeredWorld in the material realm]], so when they want to affect things they need to take preexisting materials to make bodies from: Slan once made a body from troll guts and Conrad made one from a mass of rats.
* Gambon's mooks in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' have speciality called the Centipede Fighting, where they hop on each others shoulder to form, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin centipedes]].
* In chapter 24 of ''Manga/FrankenFran'', [[spoiler: The WanderingJew]] shows up. Despite being immortal, his original body except for his skeletal structure has long since rotted away. His curse of immortality solved the problem by constantly summoning ''[[BodyHorror insects to replace his body]]''. He's essentially an undying skeleton with bugs for muscles and organs. [[spoiler: Amazingly enough, this chapter actually has a happy ending for the poor guy.]]
* Dokubachi in ''Manga/GetBackers'' is the Bee that Walks (and flies and philosophizes and [[OverlyLongGag uses ki attacks...]]) whose body is a bizarre, super-specialized honey comb that gives him all manner of bee-related abilities. Unusually for this trope, though, his final form looks [[BishounenLine completely human.]]
* [[BigBad Naraku]] from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is composed of a giant, writhing mass of {{youkai}}, most of which are a mixture of snakelike, bug-like, and slimy in nature.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Mrs. Robinson in ''Steel Ball Run'' (a ''man'' with a GenderBlenderName), supposedly was killed by men and hung out on a cactus only to revive. Similar to Shino, he used his body to store various insects which he could control. What is ''really'' creepy is that his power didn't stem from a Stand -- almost as if it was entirely fuelled by some kind of horror propane.
** F.F. from Part 6 is an even straighter example, being a mass of plankton that gained sentience and Stand powers, and later took up residence inside the corpse of a young woman so that she could join the heroes.
* In ''Manga/KingOfThorn'', the Medusa manifestation of [[spoiler:Peter Stevens]]'s psyche takes on this form.



* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Mrs. Robinson in ''Steel Ball Run'' (a ''man'' with a GenderBlenderName), supposedly was killed by men and hung out on a cactus only to revive. Similar to Shino, he used his body to store various insects which he could control. What is ''really'' creepy is that his power didn't stem from a Stand -- almost as if it was entirely fuelled by some kind of horror propane.
** F.F. from Part 6 is an even straighter example, being a mass of plankton that gained sentience and Stand powers, and later took up residence inside the corpse of a young woman so that she could join the heroes.
* In ''Manga/KingOfThorn'', the Medusa manifestation of [[spoiler:Peter Stevens]]'s psyche takes on this form.
* In chapter 24 of ''Manga/FrankenFran'', [[spoiler: The WanderingJew]] shows up. Despite being immortal, his original body except for his skeletal structure has long since rotted away. His curse of immortality solved the problem by constantly summoning ''[[BodyHorror insects to replace his body]]''. He's essentially an undying skeleton with bugs for muscles and organs. [[spoiler: Amazingly enough, this chapter actually has a happy ending for the poor guy.]]

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Mrs. Robinson in ''Steel Ball Run'' (a ''man'' with a GenderBlenderName), supposedly was killed by men and hung out on a cactus only to revive. Similar to Shino, he used his body to store various insects which he could control. What is ''really'' creepy is that his power didn't stem
Tommyrod from a Stand -- almost as if it was entirely fuelled by some kind of horror propane.
** F.F. from Part 6 is an even straighter example, being a mass of plankton that gained sentience and Stand powers, and later took up residence inside the corpse of a young woman so that she could join the heroes.
* In ''Manga/KingOfThorn'', the Medusa manifestation of [[spoiler:Peter Stevens]]'s psyche takes on
''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' gives off this form.
* In chapter 24 of ''Manga/FrankenFran'', [[spoiler: The WanderingJew]] shows up. Despite being immortal, his original body except for his skeletal structure has long since rotted away. His curse of immortality solved the problem by constantly summoning ''[[BodyHorror insects to replace his body]]''. He's essentially an undying skeleton with bugs for muscles and organs. [[spoiler: Amazingly enough, this chapter
vibe, but is actually has a happy ending for an aversion, as he is not literally ''made'' of insects. He just stores eggs in his esophagus and vomits the poor guy.newly hatched bugs at the enemy. [[{{Squick}} Somehow that's even more disturbing than the alternative.]]



* Dokubachi in ''Manga/GetBackers'' is the Bee that Walks (and flies and philosophizes and [[OverlyLongGag uses ki attacks...]]) whose body is a bizarre, super-specialized honey comb that gives him all manner of bee-related abilities. Unusually for this trope, though, his final form looks [[BishounenLine completely human.]]
* Borgir Bor from the ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'' anime/manga series.
* Gambon's mooks in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' have speciality called the Centipede Fighting, where they hop on each others shoulder to form, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin centipedes]].
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': The Godhand do not have bodies that exist [[LayeredWorld in the material realm]], so when they want to affect things they need to take preexisting materials to make bodies from: Slan once made a body from troll guts and Conrad made one from a mass of rats.
* [[BigBad Naraku]] from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is composed of a giant, writhing mass of {{youkai}}, most of which are a mixture of snakelike, bug-like, and slimy in nature.
* Done in the most {{Squick}}tacular way possible in ''Manga/ApocalypseNoToride''. When the four juvenile delinquents escape from the frenzied prison into the zombie-filled streets of the city, they discover to their horror that the [[ThatsNoMoon mountain in the middle of the street is actually a towering mound made of the rotting corpses of the undead]], with a [[http://mangafox.me/manga/apocalypse_no_toride/v01/c003/43.html stark-naked figure sitting on the very top like a macabre throne.]] Then the mound starts [[http://mangafox.me/manga/apocalypse_no_toride/v02/c004/13.html moving.]]
* Tommyrod from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' gives off this vibe, but is actually an aversion, as he is not literally ''made'' of insects. He just stores eggs in his esophagus and vomits the newly hatched bugs at the enemy. [[{{Squick}} Somehow that's even more disturbing than the alternative.]]
1st Mar '17 4:09:57 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', it turns out that the Sleepless are creatures composed of hundreds, if not thousands of tiny crustaceans called cremlings, which the HiveMind breeds to fulfill a specific purpose, like storing memories or seeing, so that they might masquerade as a human. They're scarily good at it, too.

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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', it turns out ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Lift discovers that the Sleepless Dysian Aimians are creatures composed of hundreds, if not thousands of tiny crustaceans called cremlings, which the HiveMind breeds to fulfill a specific purpose, like storing memories or seeing, so that they might masquerade as a human. They're While it takes a great deal of effort for them to effect even a basic human shape, the fact that most of the Dysians are hundreds of years old means that they have a lot of practice, and they're scarily good at it, too.it.
4th Feb '17 11:10:43 PM Wooboo
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** The Portuguese Man o' War is one of a number of creatures in the order [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siphonophorae Siphonophorae]], of which there are three suborders. Counted among them is the gigantic ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praya_dubia Praya dubia]]'', which can grow to lengths of 130ft, making them the second-largest marine organism on the planet.
15th Jan '17 2:59:48 AM bwburke94
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the protagonist, who has the power to control insects, surrounds herself with bugs to intimidate her opponents into thinking she has transformed into a giant human-shaped swarm, and makes the insects around her buzz and chirp whenever she talks to complete the illusion of a giant humanoid insect swarm. She also picks up a habit of using swarm decoys, masses of insects in a roughly humanoid form that looks exactly like she's pulling the previous trick.



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the protagonist, who has the power to control insects, surrounds herself with bugs to intimidate her opponents into thinking she has transformed into a giant human-shaped swarm, and makes the insects around her buzz and chirp whenever she talks to complete the illusion of a giant humanoid insect swarm. She also picks up a habit of using swarm decoys, masses of insects in a roughly humanoid form that looks exactly like she's pulling the previous trick.
11th Jan '17 6:24:18 AM LondonKdS
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* In "The Tractate Middoth" by [[Creator/MontagueRhodesJames M R James]], the ghost is implied to be a human spirit possessing a horde of spiders and shaping a human form out of them.
3rd Jan '17 4:05:26 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', it turns out that the Sleepless are creatures composed of hundreds, if not thousands of tiny crustaceans called cremlings, which the HiveMind breeds to fulfill a specific purpose, like storing memories or seeing, so that they might masquerade as a human. They're scarily good at it, too.
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