Created By: Mega on August 9, 2012 Last Edited By: Mega on August 13, 2012
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Eldritch Abomination in a Can

An Eldritch Abomination who doesn't look all that scary.

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A character who is an Eldritch Abomination yet looks relatively normal.

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Webcomic

Black Mage from [[Webcomic/8BitTheater 8-bit Theater]] never shows his face, and for good reason.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • August 9, 2012
    morenohijazo
    Everythings Worse With Snowclones.

    Seriously, the "in a can" tropes imply that the character is trapped somewhere. This has nothing to do with that.

    Also, is Black Mage an example?
  • August 9, 2012
    TropeEater
    This seems like a The Same But More version of Killer Rabbit.
  • August 9, 2012
    abk0100
    You don't store Eldritch Abominations in a can, you store them in their house at R'lyeh, waiting. Dreaming.
  • August 9, 2012
    Arivne
    Edit: Deleted.
  • August 9, 2012
    Mega
    @morenohijazo That's not what it is. I used "In a can" because it's fitting. Not so it follows the other "in a can" tropes. Also, Black Mage is an example since when that kid saw his face he spazzed out.

    @Trope Eater Nope.avi

    @Arvine That wouldn't fit what I proposed. This isn't human versions of monsters, it's monsters that look human.
  • August 9, 2012
    abk0100
    oh, you've got a "needs a better name tag"
  • August 9, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Nah, the name is so horrible it needs two.
  • August 9, 2012
    ccoa
    The name still doesn't make sense. How does "in a can" translate to "looks human"?

    Not to mention that snowcloning it off an entirely unrelated trope will lead to misuse from people who think it's "Eldritch Abomination sealed away" based on the name.
  • August 9, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    So would Slenderman count?
  • August 9, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^^ And many a Sealed Evil In A Can is already an Eldritch Abomination to begin with.
  • August 10, 2012
    Xtifr
    Yup, the name is terrible and has to go. That said:

    • In HP Lovecraft's stories "Nyarlathotep" and "The Dream Quest of the Unknown Kadath", the creature named Nyarlathotep is one of the original Eldritch Abominations, who usually appears in the form of a "tall, swarthy man" of Egyptian origin.
  • August 11, 2012
    captainsandwich
    What does appearance have to do with being in a can?
  • August 11, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Does it count if the reason it doesn't look scary is You Cannot Grasp The True Form?
  • August 11, 2012
    Xtifr
    ^^ Absolutely nothing, which is why this has three "needs better name" tags! So far. :)
  • August 11, 2012
    Stratadrake
    They do seem to be multiplying. :)
  • August 12, 2012
    Nithael
  • August 12, 2012
    captainsandwich
    The one example here is a bad example because while the appearance is never shown, he has a horrific face (if the entry is accurate). Is this even trope able?
  • August 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Would Jasmine from Angel count? Normally she looks like this but once you've been exposed to her blood you see her true face. (Link SFW but Squicky.)
  • August 13, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    Yes, I would say this is Humanoid Abomination, if by "relatively normal", you mean "human".
  • August 13, 2012
    Xtifr
    I agree, this basically seems to be Humanoid Abomination, with a touch of extra and unnecessary specificity.
  • August 13, 2012
    Fighteer
    There are so many tropes that this concept could fit into that it's completely useless to try to push another, especially a bad snowclone. Kill.
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