Created By: Voyd211 on December 6, 2012 Last Edited By: Voyd211 on January 4, 2013
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Animalistic Abomination

The Eldritch Abomination as an animal.

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Quite the inner demon you got there, Guts.

"This was no chicken, it was evil manifest."
Kahlan Amnell, The Sword of Truth: Soul of the Fire

It's big. It's powerful. It's nasty.

And it's not humanoid, but familiar all the same.

This trope is for Eldritch Abominations that either naturally resemble (somewhat) ordinary animals, or else possess Animorphism and spend a good deal of time in the animal form.


Anime and Manga

Film

  • In The Thing the monster spends most of its time as an Alaskan pack dog. You catch a glimpse of what it really is, before it proceeds to eat all the other dogs.

Literature

Mythology

Tabletop Games

  • Shadowrun has a lot of these in the form of magical beings like the totem Spider which plots world domination and manifests as a huge spider in astral space, and the Sega Genesis game has Thorn, a dog or coyote-like malevolent spirit.
  • RuneQuest. In the Glorantha campaign setting one major empire has an enslaved Chaos god/demon/thingy called the Crimson Bat, which looks something like a giant bat.

Video Games

  • In The Elder Scrolls series, several Daedric Princes have animal forms. In particular, Hircine appears in the form of a large white stag, and Clavicus Vile's conscience takes the form of a literal Morality Pet: a dog named Barbas.
  • Dragon Age: Origins features Witherfang, the giant wolf commanding a tribe of werewolves, who is presented to you as one of these at first. It turns out, however, that it is merely a wolf body possessed by the spirit of the forest it lives in--and one of the most human characters in the entire game.
  • The Beast in chapter one of The Witcher is a huge dog-shaped manifestation of the collective sins of an entire village, materialized to haunt and terrorize them.
  • If you think about it, Amaterasu is one of these as well, being the goddess of the sun in the form of a wolf.
  • A lot of the monsters from Silent Hill resemble animals. Dogs, cats, bird-bat things, roaches, and a crocodile have all been demonstrated.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the dragons are more akin to angels/demons, and Alduin himself is a god.
  • Spiders must be popular. Asura's Wrath gives us the Golden Spider, who's actually Chakravartin in disguise.
    • From the same game, the Gohma also qualify.
  • The Liir of Sword of the Stars resemble dolphins or whales with a number of features from other sea creatures (fur, tentacles, negligible senescence...) and Psychic Powers, but most of them are simply Starfish Aliens. The Suul'ka, on the other hand are bigger than most starships, feed on the life-forces of planets, are summoned from the black depths of space where they slumber by mass sacrifices, and have a method of "teaching" their followers via direct telepathic contact that is almost always fatal for the follower.
  • The Final Boss of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is quite obviously based on the giant squid. Makes sense, since its greatest enemy is a whale god, who may or may not also qualify.

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Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • December 6, 2012
    Voyd211
    I think I should point out that squid and such probably shouldn't count, since tentacles are standard abomination fare.
  • December 6, 2012
    KingZeal
    • In the Sword Of Truth series, the malevolent, magic-consuming Chimes first menace our heroes in the insidious form of: a chicken!

    • Possible page quote:
    "This was no chicken, it was evil manifest."
    Kahlan Amnell, The Sword Of Truth: Soul of the Fire

    • In The Elder Scrolls series, several Daedric Princes have animal forms. In particular, Hircine appears in the form of a large white stag, and Clavicus Vile's conscience takes the form of a literal Morality Pet: a dog named Barbas.
  • December 6, 2012
    Koveras
    • The Beast in chapter one of The Witcher is a huge dog-shaped manifestation of the collective sins of an entire village, materialized to haunt and terrorize them.
    • Dragon Age Origins features Witherfang, the giant wolf commanding a tribe of werewolves, who is presented to you as one of these at first. It turns out, however, that it is merely a wolf body possessed by the spirit of the forest it lives in--and one of the most human characters in the entire game.
  • December 6, 2012
    Voyd211
    Examples added. Keep 'em coming, people!
  • December 6, 2012
    Cider
    Not even sure this is trope worthy and am not sure this would discount from Eldritch abomination's trope decay. But for example, if this is to be a separate trope, being a cephalopod would not discount a creature from being an example. The deep ones, fishiest of giant monsters from abominable god creating seafood hating Lovecraft HP himself, even those big ones named after Philistine gods and Greek monsters, were not eldritch abominations. I suppose they would fit in here though.

    Similarly, the jellyfish lovers(as in tentacled) from Star Trek the next generation, while clearly cosmic in scale, were hardly abominable in any sense of the word, and thus would also be an ill fit on eldritch abomination, but guess would fit here.

    The key to being eldritch is unfamiliar, or unknowable(kind is the meaning of the word). If it it is not unrecognizable then it must be a front or have brown note like consequences. Just being big, powerful or ugly does not count it. Simply adding tentacles would not change that.
  • December 7, 2012
    Chabal2
    Berserk: The Beast, possibly the sentient incarnation of Gut's hatred and rage (and boy does he have a lot of either) usually takes the form of a large canine with lightning-bolt eyes. The Berserker's armor, which previously had a Skull For A Helmet, is in the shape of a snarling wolf's head now that he wears it.
  • December 7, 2012
    Voyd211
    Examples added.
  • December 8, 2012
    Voyd211
    Bumping.
  • December 11, 2012
    Voyd211
    Added an example.
  • December 11, 2012
    Chernoskill
    • Shadowrun has a lot of these in the form of magical beings like the totem Spider which plots world domination and manifests as a huge spider in astral space, and the Sega Genesis game has Thorn, a dog or coyote-like malevolent spirit.
  • December 11, 2012
    Tomodachi

  • December 11, 2012
    captainpat
    See Zero Context Example .You need to add context to a lot of these examples. Also Examples Are Not Arguable so you need to decide whether the examples from Questionable Content and Puella Magi Madoka Magica fit.
  • December 13, 2012
    Tomodachi
    I suggest having the Kyubi from Naruto as the Trope Image. Either him, or Amateratsu, they are the most famous example.

  • December 13, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    Film:
    • In The Thing the monster spends most of its time as an Alaskan pack dog. You catch a glimpse of what it really is, before it proceeds to eat all the other dogs.
  • December 13, 2012
    Shnakepup
    • In Brave, the "demon bruin" Mor'du is presented as a scary, savage, and unstoppable bear.
  • December 13, 2012
    Chabal2
    There Will Be Brawl: The final form of the not-of-this-earth Mr. Game and Watch is an octopus.
  • December 14, 2012
    MetaFour
    I have to say that most of those My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic examples... aren't. Nightmare Moon is a Physical God with very understandable motivations (revenge, motivated by jealousy). Discord is a Reality Warper and Trickster--he's a slightly more dickish Q in a world of talking animals. Changelings are Emotion Eater bugs.

    The Windigoes are the only ones where a case could be made for them being eldritch.
  • December 14, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature
  • December 14, 2012
    Voyd211
    Okay, point making.

    I started this YKTTW because I was getting kinda tired of seeing (animal type) Abomination, potholed to Humanoid Abomination. ALL of the more powerful MLP villains were listed as such.

    tl;dr: This is a sister trope to Humanoid Abomination, with animals.

    @Shnakepup: Mor'du isn't an abomination. He's just scary.

    Also, examples added.
  • December 17, 2012
    Voyd211
    Bumping.
  • December 19, 2012
    Voyd211
    Bump.

    Also, if anyone could find a good picture of Six-tails Naruto, that would be greatly appreciated. That is the Kyubi form that is both the most animalistic(that is, recognizable as a fox) and the most eldritch, in my eyes. I'm not finding any that are a reasonable size.
  • December 21, 2012
    Voyd211
    A bump with some examples.
  • December 25, 2012
    Voyd211
    Bumping this and The Wizard who Did It.
  • December 26, 2012
    Voyd211
    Bump
  • December 26, 2012
    themaniacinthemailbox
    Added the Gyo example, but not really sure if it fits.
  • December 26, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • The Bombinating Beast is a legendary sea creature in introduced in All The Wrong Questions. It is said to resemble a seahorse "in the same way a hawk resembles a chicken".
  • December 27, 2012
    Voyd211
    Bumping, and asking again for a picture of Six-tails Naruto.
  • December 27, 2012
    TonCon999
    In Dishonored, the mythical being of the Outsider is implied to be a large whale with a human disguise, I don't know if that would fit or not.
  • December 27, 2012
    zarpaulus
    This is the Laconic of the Eldritch Abomination trope: Terrible, unspeakable, indescribable, incomprehensible...entities, for lack of a better term, from Beyond, usually on the course to bring about The End Of The World As We Know It.

    I think we should ask whether any of these examples fit that description.

    Video Games
    • The Liir of Sword Of The Stars resemble dolphins or whales with a number of features from other sea creatures (fur, tentacles, negligible senescence...) and Psychic Powers, but most of them are simply Starfish Aliens. The Suul'ka, on the other hand are bigger than most starships, feed on the life-forces of planets, are summoned from the black depths of space where they slumber by mass sacrifices, and have a method of "teaching" their followers via direct telepathic contact that is almost always fatal for the follower.
  • December 28, 2012
    Voyd211
    Well, I tried to add a picture and a caption, but apparently I got the coding wrong, and I'm not sure how I messed up. Can someone fix this?
  • December 29, 2012
    Voyd211
    Bump.
  • December 29, 2012
    JonnyB
    Some of the forest gods in Princess Mononoke fit this.
  • January 1, 2013
    Tomodachi

    Edit: Sorry, didn´t see it was already there.
  • January 1, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Game
    • Rune Quest. In the Glorantha campaign setting one major empire has an enslaved Chaos god/demon/thingy called the Crimson Bat, which looks something like a giant bat.
  • January 2, 2013
    Voyd211
    Bump, with an example from Asura's Wrath.
  • January 3, 2013
    Voyd211
    Bump.
  • January 4, 2013
    Voyd211
    Bumping once more. I only need one more hat...
  • January 4, 2013
    zarpaulus

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