Created By: SoItBegins on December 2, 2011

Neutral Devourer

It's neither good nor evil. It's hungry.

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In a work that features two 'sides', heroic and villanous, this 'side', usually a single entity, is not involved with the conflict.

That doesn't stop it from killing and/or eating anyone it can track down and get its claws into; the true mark of the Neutral Devourer is that it is feared by all, is powerful enough to consume whatever is unlucky enough to run into it, and it takes a highly significant amount of effort to destroy one, usually thanks to the intervention of [1] or the [2].


Examples

  • Asmodeus the giant snake, from Redwall, counts as one of these. He preys on whoever he runs into... or hunts down. Woodlanders and vermin alike are scared of him. He ends by becoming a Climax Boss on Matthias's quest to recover the sword.
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  • December 2, 2011
    TBeholder
    "Neutral Hungry" is an existing term.
  • December 2, 2011
    c0ry
    Galactus from the Marvel Universe is one such example.
  • December 2, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Film:
    • The Star Wars films and expanded universe have featured a number of these, one of the more notable examples being the colo claw fish and sando aqua monster, the latter of which ate the former while it was hunting the jedi emmissaries in The Phantom Menace.

    Webcomics:
    • In Drowtales, "the glutton" (Squick alert!), is a sort of living time bomb, literally absorbing the living into its body and consuming them from the inside out.
      • Discordia, despite being at least semi - sentient and capable of speech, may also qualify. She is something of a Blood Knight who lives for the challenge of fighting to win her prey, and sincerely mourns the loss of a worthy adversary.
  • December 2, 2011
    c0ry
    I would suggest that entities which are simply mindless predators - as in The Phantom Menace - be excluded from this trope, as it would require troping all predators, everywhere. As written, it seems that Neutral Hungry should be a subtrope of Blue And Orange Morality.
  • December 2, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    • Star Trek TOS - The Doomsday Machine is a machine that was created by an unknown creator for an unknown purpose. It roams the galaxy eating whole planets for energy
  • December 2, 2011
    dalek955
    Actually, I'd think Neutral Hungry would be more closely related to Non Malicious Monster. It's nothing personal, you're just made of meat.
  • December 2, 2011
    surgoshan
    I believe the Terrasque from D&D counts. Every once in a while one wakes up and eats the shit out of everything. To death.
  • December 2, 2011
    dalek955
    Any deadly wildlife will probably be this.
  • December 5, 2011
    TBeholder
    Non Malicious Monster is more inclusive. This would be a subtrope.
  • December 5, 2011
    Twilord
    Is this only for natural ones? Because the early series replicators in Stargate are basically a mechanical version of this.
  • December 5, 2011
    Nasrudith
    Wildlife in some in the Ultima series are this - fleeing from random encounters with them instead of simply slaying them boosts compassion - the snakes and wolves are merely hungry.
  • December 5, 2011
    SoItBegins
    Um, that last comment, about the Ultima series-- that's not an example. For something to qualify, it has to be neutral, it has to target both sides of the conflict, and (critically) it has to be The Dreaded. Only to both sides.
  • December 6, 2011
    aurora369
    Ungoliant in The Silmarillion. Shelob in Lord Of The Rings.
  • December 6, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    • Ungoliath falls under Dark Is Evil so I don't think she counts.
    • I suppose Warhammer 40000 tyranids would count though.
  • December 6, 2011
    Noaqiyeum
    Ungoliant was a spidery pretty-much-Eldritch-Abomination whom Morgoth persuaded to ally with him by promising she could eat Heaven (summarising a bit, from memory)... who then turned on him halfway through, and was only ultimately driven off by an army of Balrogs. After ages wandering Middle-Earth and filling it with her offspring she eventually vanished. Her demise is unrecorded, but one legend was that she devoured herself.

    In other words, she totally counts.
  • December 6, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    She does the "devourer" part. My doubt is whether she counts as "neutral"
  • December 22, 2011
    dalek955
    Bump.
  • December 28, 2011
    TBeholder
    ^^ since she eats beecause she's hungry and doesn't really care what or whom...
  • December 28, 2011
    arromdee
    This is related to Humans Kill Wantonly--humans are worse than monsters because monsters only kill because they're hungry, while humans kill out of petty human reasons.
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