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Flesh Golem
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A living being made of living beings.

A trope pretty heavily influenced by Frankenstein's Monster is nonetheless quite distinct from the former in that, while Frankenstein's Monster usually has a human-like appearance, sans Uncanny Valley and various body parts belonging to different people, a Flesh Golem[[Trope Namer: Dungeons & Dragons]] does not look normal in the slightest.

If this creature is even vaguely human-like, it may look like a nightmare version of conjoined twins, or it is a hulking abomination made of various parts of human flesh, sometimes skinless, often possessing extra limbs, organs and heads where they really shouldn't belong. And that's if it's even capable of moving on its own. It may be a mass of human bodies fused together without any specific shape or form - and every single member of it tends to be alive and concious. This version, possibly inspired by Bosch's paintings, is a recurring theme in religious horror: the lustful are fused together, resembling a some kind of a twisted orgy.

Can also be a Mix-and-Match Critter if its parts belong to living beings of different species. See also The Worm That Walks for creatures made of live insects.


Anime and Manga

  • Harvest, a monstrous amalgamation of the bodies of past experiments of Poison Ivy, that came after Ivy in the Batman comics: sending begging to the Dark Knight for protection.


Live Action TV The absorbaloft from Doctor Who is made up of the people it absorbs.

Tabletop Games
  • Various flesh golems of Dungeons & Dragons. Some of them, like a walking cemetery that goes around collecting corpses to add to itself, as well as illithid-made brain golems, were featured at the top list of stupidest D&D monsters ever for failing to convey horror. Others... don't fail to do so.
  • Tyranids of Warhammer 40,000 fame do act out of hunger, but they don't "eat" as much as process everything organic they encounter into biomass and then make new spawn out of it, thus making it so pretty much every single tyranid is a flesh golem.
  • Magic: The Gathering's version of Frankenstein's Monster is virtually this, since the concept behind the card is that the creature is being stiched together from any number of various creatures from your graveyard, not necessarily humans.

  • Neverwinter Nights: ''Hordes of the Underdark'', being D&D-bssed, featured a Frankenstein-like flesh golem. Further into the Underdark, the Golem Master subquest featured an island-scale war between loyal flesh golems and rebelling metal golems. The leader of flesh golem faction is made of daemonic flesh.
  • Baldur's Gate I & II has Flesh Golems, particularly II.
  • Abominations in Warcraft are behemoths created by the Scourge from the body parts of their enemies. The Forsaken (the playable race in World of Warcraft) had taken to making them as well.
  • The Harvesters in the Dragon Age series. Bonus points for them having been originally created in an attempt to rediscover the lost secret of making regular stone/metal golems.
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver has Melchiah, a vampire who was resurrected using the very smallest part of his master's soul, leaving him with many of his human vulnerabilities such as bodily decay. To combat this, he would have to absorb his own underlings into him, until you eventually find him in the game as a giant undulating mass of humanoid corpses, using the hands of lesser vampires as fingers.
  • Not explained particularly well in The Thing, but some of the creatures, partiularly the 150-foot tall monstrosity, greatly exceed a human in mass, thus implying they are made of several humans processed into pure biomass and fused together.
  • Diablo 2 has blood golems, vaguely human-like flesh creatures created by necromancers.
  • Fall from Heaven has flesh golems as a body magic spell. Units may be sacrificed using the "graft flesh" spell to add their abilities to the flesh golem.
Nethack has these as a standard enemy. Stoning them turns them into the much more dangerous stone golems. Conversely, casting Stone to Flesh on a stone golem will turn them into one of these.


Western Animation
  • In South Park there is a creature who haunts the mountain called Scuzzlebutt, which has Patrick Duffy for a leg.

Real Life
  • Though conjoined twins are an obvious inspiration for variations of this trope, they are completely natural and therefore hardly a "golem" per se.
    • At least one Nazi experiment (that inspired The Human Centipede) involved sewing Gypsy children together to creare conjoined twins and therefore is an example.
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