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Sometimes Malevolent Architecture
in video games is taken literally, with monsters that are actually part of it. They take form of a wall, or a floor, or any part of the building you're in.
How would a wall, floor etc be such a menace? Maybe it is capable of movement, and would try to crush you by its own "bodies"; see Descending Ceiling
, The Walls Are Closing In
, Advancing Wall of Doom
and Smashing Hallway Traps of Doom
. When they aren't mobile, they may still be harmful by another means, such as shooting things at people or sprouting Spikes Of Doom
if someone's nearby.
If all those monsters are actually of one awareness, it's the Genius Loci
for said building.
Compare Wall Master
for creatures who are able to move through/along walls; in this trope, the walls (and floors, ceilings etc
) are the monsters themselves. Compare also Chest Monster
. Subtrope of Animate Inanimate Object
If the Living Structure Monster is a boss, an overlap might occur with Background Boss
and Stationary Boss
, or alternately Advancing Boss of Doom
Anime & Manga
- In Attack on Titan, it is revealed at the ending of the anime/midpoint of the manga that the walls surrounding their City in a Bottle are actually living creatures. As in, the walls are made of Colossal Titans' hardened Instant Armor... with the aforementioned titans inside the walls as foundations.
- In an episode of the anime adaptation of Kaiketsu Zorori, a Nurikabe is recruited by Zorori to be a part of a soccer team, as a goalie. Being a literal wall that is as wide as the goal itself, the youkai provides an unfair advantage for Zorori in the corresponding soccer match.
- In One Piece, one of Gekko Moriah's zombies is a wall zombie, a literal wall with a human face stretched out and stitched on. It doesn't do much except appear and block an entrance some of the Straw Hats were going to use to escape from other zombies.
- In The Great Yokai War, one of the Youkai featured is a talking, limbed wall. Just picture an extremely wide SpongeBob SquarePants with a disproportionately huge body. Guy's just a literal Living Prop though, and does nothing much in the story other than being literally part of the background.
- The movie Labyrinth features a number of creatures that are basically part of the architecture of the eponymous maze. These include the talking door knockers, and the talking walls which give false alarms to passersby.
- The Malus from the Doctor Who serial The Awakening was a monster lying dormant within an old church wall until it awakened to wreak havoc on Little Hodcombe.
- A demon who's also a wall, which inspires worshipers to fight over it, shows up in a second-season episode of Angel.
- In one episode of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Rita accidentally brings a brick wall to life. Brick Bully is literally a brick wall with an Upside Down Face, limbs, and various graffiti all over him. He can turn others into bricks and when he eats more bricks, he assumes a slightly more humanoid and mobile form.
- A rather well renowned youkai from Japanese folklore called a Nurikabe is an animated wall that impedes travelers. It is the basis for many characters such as the Whomps from Super Mario Bros. and the Monol monsters from Monster Rancher. Interesting enough, it's common depiction of being an animated wall is somewhat of a modern representation. Originally during the Edo period, one of it's early depictions was that of a three-eyed grotesque vaguely dog-like creature. Over time, it's depiction changed to a literal wall with limbs and very vague features.
- Another youkai is the Mokumoku-ren which is a monster created from shoji, the paper sliding doors and windows found in Japan houses. When shoji are not taken care of, they can become riddled with holes. If not repaired for a long time, these can become infested with eyes. The Mokumoku-ren is generally creepy but relatively harmless. It is however usually a sign of a greater infestation of youkai in a household.
- The Living Wall from Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition), which gains power by assimilating nearby corpses.