Created By: Ryuuma on June 12, 2012 Last Edited By: intastiel on December 15, 2014
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Body of Bodies

A being or creature composed of a large pile of random body parts or corpses.

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An excellent way to add some horror to a creature or show off how abominable your Eldritch Abomination is. These monsters can be either made of various corpses "glued" together, or just being an amalgamation of random body parts disposed in a casual manner. Sometimes it can be the result of the villain of another creature absorbing his underlings or Devour the Dragon in order to become much more powerful. Hence it can fit nicely for a One-Winged Angel. Unlike Flesh Golem (which is likely started as a sort of homage to the Frankenstein Monster), these kind of creatures tend to be "natural" (as in not artificially crafted), or the result of a One-Winged Angel.

Sometimes related to Blob Monster, often is the result of Appendage Assimilation. See also Body Horror and The Worm That Walks.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Naraku's true form is a giant mass of demonic body parts, with his human head dangling in the middle of it. In the manga, the Flesh-Eating Mask produce a large, blobbish body made from the various corpses of the people it ate. Another one is Magatsuhi, a demon similar to Naraku and born in the same fashion, now sealed inside the Shikon Jewel.
    • Another example is the Kodoku spell: Naraku locks a bunch of demons in a pit and force them to fight. The winner assimilates the body parts of the fallen, ending up in a giant, grotesque beast.
  • In a filler from Naruto, three guys are merged together in a creepy-looking beast of flesh. Things get awful when two of the merged people go crazy and start eating themselves up.
  • In Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood Envy's true form is a massive green monster made of the souls of those used as Human Sacrifices to make the philosopher's stone that is basically its heart. You can see a picture of it here.
  • Ichiro Ougi from Kekkaishi is revealed to be a human-shaped mass of flesh comprised of himself and four of his brothers.
  • In Shaman King, Faust VIII turns every skeleton in a graveyard into a 20-Ton Calcium Giant. Even so, Ren dispatches it with ease.

Comic Books
  • One issue of X-men contained a morlock with a power to increase his size and strength by forcibly fusing touched people into his body. In the end Jean Grey had to shut down his brain to save his victims.

Literature
  • Clive Barker's short story "In the Hills, the Cities" has a strange example: an annual competition in which the entire populations of two remote villages tie themselves into giant, humanoid rope scaffolds and wrestle. One falls apart and kills the entire village; the other village is collectively Driven to Madness by the sight, comes to see itself as a single being, and wanders into the mountains, singing.

Others
  • BIONICLE: In the Kingdom Alternate Dimension, Teridax first takes over Icarax's body and then absorbs the bodies of every Makuta that died afterwards, gaining their knowledge and mass and becoming an unrecognizable colossus.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Corpse Gatherer which is basically animated graveyard, bodies, dirt and all. The corpse gatherer seeks to become bigger and more powerful by adding more corpses to its body, even if it has to make the corpses from the living.
    • A Charnel Hound is unsurprisingly, a huge hound made out of corpses. This creature kills living creatures and adds them to its body.
    • Necronauts, while its description states that it seems to be made out of a pile of bones and corpses. Considering it is an undead that grows by adding bones and corpses to its body, it might be safe to assume that is indeed what made out of what it seems.
    • In the Ravenloft setting, zombie golems and bone golems are created using the destroyed remains of several different (slain) zombies or animated skeletons as raw materials.
    • In the Mystara setting, multiple non-animated skeletons are needed to produce that world's four-armed bone golems.
    • Module X2 Castle Amber. While the PCs are in Averoigne they must defeat a hundred foot tall zombie colossus created out of hundreds of dead bodies.
    • Pathfinder has an undead called the Charnel Collossus, which is basically a huge undead monstrosity that was meant to be used as an un-living library, and is composed of an entire graveyards worth of "like-minded individuals". Imagine the Legion boss from Castle Vania crossed with a centipede.
  • Exalted
    • One of the more random, weird monsters is called the Lookshy Rebel. It's the result of a magical backfire fusing the bodies (and minds?) of several guys into a Body Horror mess that wanders the streets of the city Lookshy, impotently trying to start a rebellion. It has Resurrective Immortality.
    • Alongside the many hideous necrotech and Flesh Golem creations of the Deathlords and their Abyssal knights are the Spine Chains: legless torsos of many human skeletons fused together by shoving the head of each into the next one's ribcage. They crawl around like giant centipedes on their hands, wielding numerous weapons with their front "segments."
  • In the Deadlands adventure The Unity, players face a psychically-charged, undead mass composed of several syker corpses.
  • Vozhd in Vampire: The Masquerade are made by merging a dozen or more Mind Raped servants together with Vicissitude and Black Magic. They're elephant-sized, completely insane, and almost completely uncontrollable, tearing apart everything in reach with whatever assortment of human and non-human limbs their Tzimisce creators felt like giving them.

Video Games
  • In Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Melchiah and his spawn need to absorb flesh and corpses to survive. As a result, he's a massive, slug-like behemoth made from thousands of dead bodies.
  • In Clive Barker's Jericho, the Behemoths are apparently made from countless corpses sewn together in a vague, beastly form.
  • Legion in the Castlevania series is almost always depicted as a colossal being made from human corpses. Sometimes still screaming.
    • Another Castlevania example: the final boss of Dawn of Sorrow, Menace: a giant made out of body parts. Even the battlefield you fight it on is made out of corpses.
  • Argosax from Devil May Cry 2 is this combined with Blob Monster.
  • The Elite Mooks Scions and Praetorians in Mass Effect 2 are composed of three and thirty technologically reanimated dead bodies, respectively. Mass Effect 3 gives us the Cannibals, which are composed of a Batarian and a human corpse grafted together.
  • Lluvia Bloodmire from Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II created several freaking monsters like those and kept them in her manor. Some of them (the humanoid ones) seems to be zombies (they can be damaged by Alissa's Turn Undead), while others seems to be "living beings".
  • The Unburied from Diablo III are undead abominations composed of the bodies of humans thrown into mass graves without a proper burial which decomposed together into one hideous being bound by foul magic.
  • The Final Boss from the second Splatter House game is one. The remake uses one too, with a variation: as it slowly moves towards you and your girlfriend, corpses fall from him, come back to life and attack you.
  • According to the manual, Dan's giant baby form from Clock Tower is actually a shell of corpses and dead bodies.
  • The Creature or "Princess" from TimeSplitters Future Perfect is a colossal undead monster seemingly made from different body parts glued together.
  • Pypes' Beasts in Nightmare Creatures are hulking brute apparently made from this trope, judging from the extra arms and heads.
  • In Dark Souls, Gravelord Nito is made up of humanoid skeletons.
  • Genji has Takajo summoning a huge monster made of human corpses merged together in one single being during her boss battle.
  • Those annoying floating, soul-sucking Genma from Onimusha are composed of various skulls merged together.
  • Centaurs from the Fallout series might count, they are not really a "pile" of bodies, but certainly consist of all kinds of different body parts (mostly arms, legs and heads). Piccy
  • The Flood of Halo are zombies IN SPACE!! They are led by a central intelligence called the Gravemind, who is made out of thousands of corpses and often speaks in Gratuitous Trochaic Septameter.
  • Neo-Exdeath from Final Fantasy V. The boss looks like a mixture of several being and/or creatures.

Webcomic
  • In the Webcomic Drowtales, there is a variant of Demon known as the Glutton which absorbs the body of it's victims into it's mass. The end result is rather Squicky.

Western Animation
  • This is the fate of the Dixie Chicks in Futurama, as shown during the third movie, apparently due to an accident. They also absorb another guy in the mass offscreen.
  • Played for dark humour in Family Guy: Joe gathers his handicapped friends and together form a huge, mecha-like entity called "Crippletron''.
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Freaks," all the freaks combined into one body look like this.

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  • June 16, 2012
    nathandoe2016
    Jeez, what happened to this one? O__O
  • June 16, 2012
    Ryuuma
    I swear, I have no idea... I checked this out some hour earlier and it was fine..... seems that this Meta Four guy put a / before each ' for some reason, but what happened to the replies!?
  • June 16, 2012
    MetaFour
    A troll vandalized this thread. We mods weren't able to restore the replies, so the only option was to blank them.
  • June 16, 2012
    dalek955
    • Demon Lord Taxthalmus from Skullkickers was composed of a huge mass of corpses, which had originally been reanimated by a necromancer who was using Taxthalmus's power. However, as time went on, the corpses sort of melted and Taxthalmus just became a slimy giant with the occasional skull or arm peeking out.
      • Oh, and since the necromancer had accidentally infected Shorty's leg, that was absorbed too. This comes back to seriously bite Taxthalmus, since it basically made Shorty a Colossus Climber who couldn't be shaken off.
  • June 16, 2012
    nathandoe2016
    ^Have you figured out which troper, so they can be banned from TVtropes?
  • June 16, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I refuse to give my hat until the examples are organized by type of media. Also here are my suggestions for the trope picture: [1] and [2]
  • June 16, 2012
    MetaFour
    "Have you figured out which troper, so they can be banned from T Vtropes?"

    Already banned them.
  • June 16, 2012
    nathandoe2016
    ^^Is it okay if I organize it by type of media also captainsandwich he already said he would use the charnel hound one
  • June 16, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    It also seems my post disappeared altogether:
    • One issue of X-men contained a morlock with a power to increase his size and strength by forcibly fusing touched people into his body. In the end Jean Grey had to shut down his brain to save his victims.
  • June 16, 2012
    InsanityPrelude
    My example that disappeared:

    • Another Castlevania example: the final boss of Dawn of Sorrow, Menace: a giant made out of body parts. Even the battlefield you fight it on is made out of corpses.

    Also, Cannibals aren't the only enemy in ME 3 made of two species grafted together: Brutes are turian/krogan hybrid husks.
  • June 16, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I never said we would use the charnel hound, i just suggested it. I assume it is okay to arrange it by media type there is not a "no launching please" tag.
  • June 16, 2012
    nathandoe2016
    ^it has been arranged
  • June 16, 2012
    LittleLizard
    For a name...

    Body/Corpse/Living Collage

    Modular Abomination

  • June 16, 2012
    captainsandwich
    before we launch it we should get rid of those links at the top.
  • June 16, 2012
    Nnelg
    Y'know, I think an even better title would be "Stitched Together from Spare Parts"

    It's descriptive, clear, and sounds vaguely familiar... (to me at least, although I have no idea where I've heard it before.)
  • June 17, 2012
    Ryuuma
    to nathandoe2016 thanks for organizing the examples, I was going to do it myself soon enough, but I was busy. As for the picture, I still think that the Charnel Hound is the most suitable one so far. As for the title, I like the sound of Modular Abomination. Stitched Together From Spare Parts is descriptive, but a bit too long to write down or memorize. Anyway, we'll see about that one. I'll add the new examples as soon as possible.

    ps: Please, wait a little before launching.
  • June 17, 2012
    nathandoe2016
    Can I add an example?

  • June 17, 2012
    surgoshan
    For a name, I really want to suggest A People Person.
  • June 17, 2012
    LittleLizard
    ^ Doesn't have to have human bodies. But if it were A Creatures Abomination would work??

    Also, to my other suggestion: Entity Collage or 1000 Bodies Equals 1 Being (too long...)
  • June 17, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Nathandoe, go ahead.
  • June 17, 2012
    dalek955
    I suggest Corpse Collage.

    • Mistwraiths from Mistborn are scavengers which assemble a skeleton for themselves from the bones of corpses they eat. Unlike most examples of this trope, mistwraiths are harmless and actually rather pretty.
  • June 17, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Proceed, Nathandoe. There was a term, used to described one of these things (If memory serves me right, it was the Splatterhouse remake one) which sounded suitable, but I can't remember it by now...
  • June 17, 2012
    SuperLlama
    • Ichiro Ougi from Kekkaishi is revealed to be a human-shaped mass of flesh comprised of himself and four of his brothers.
  • June 17, 2012
    nathandoe2016
    I think this is ready to launch!
  • June 17, 2012
    nman
    Hey, would a cropped out picture from this Awkward Zombie make a good pageimage for the trope?
  • June 17, 2012
    nathandoe2016
    ^Nah, that's just a zombie not an assimilation of body parts
  • June 17, 2012
    acrobox
    Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas is a group of bugs in a burlap sack. Presumably one of them is actually in charge, providing the 'brain' or personality.
  • June 17, 2012
    InsanityPrelude
    That's The Worm That Walks, which we already have as a related trope in the description.
  • June 17, 2012
    Arivne
    Ballos's final form from Cave Story is probably an example.

    Edited by Arivne to fix a picture link that was breaking YKTTW and overwriting other posts. Original poster was Dalek Kolt. Dalek Kolt, to put your name back on this post just edit it in any way, such as by deleting this paragraph.


  • June 17, 2012
    Danniiee
    Corpse Collage sounds like a good name. I saw it further up the list.
  • June 17, 2012
    AP
    Resubmitting a lost example.

    • In Savage Dragon, there was an undead sorceror named Abner Cadaver who sewed dead bodies together to take a physical form. One such incident involved him sewing the corpses of dead superhumans together to create an all-powerful body. It even contained the severed arm of the main character.
  • June 18, 2012
    diazisoldmate
    Frankenstien's Collage.
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    Lumpenprole
    This happened to the Swamp Thing: once when he visited a planet where plants and animals had reversed roles, his body formed into a colossus made out of plant people. It took the local Green Lantern to put everything right.

  • June 18, 2012
    Ryuuma
    to Insanity Prelude: No, Worm That Walks seems mainly focused on creatures which are actually masses of smaller, bug-like creatures acting as one. This trope is different, as the creature is composed by larger things, but also:
    • It can be composed by multiple, different limbs/organs/body parts, rather than whole bodies.
    • The parts composing it aren't necessarly living.
    • The creature still has a sort of "single mind" identity, while Worm that Walks, being composed by thousands of tiny life forms, usually has a collective mind of sort.
    • The laconic is much more different: the other one is "People made of bugs. " Last time I checked, body parts and such aren't bugs.
    • Last but not least to diazisoldmate: I believe it's Frankenstein. Anyway, yup, Frankensteins Collage sounds good. As for the picture, I'm still going for the Charnal Hound.

    Ps: by the way, to all tropers: feel free to add any example fitting this trope.
  • June 18, 2012
    KZN02
    Hmm, what about robots?
  • June 18, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Hmmh, last time I checked, no, they don't fit. We already discussed this before the vandalism attack to the trope, so the replies with it are gone, sadly. Btw, they "don't fit" because robots usually tend to merge into multiple robots as a sort of Fusion Dance and because they can be made for "dock" together, hence killing the horror/grotesque element.
  • June 18, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Wait guys. We already have Flesh Golem, which contains half of these examples
  • June 18, 2012
    Loquacia
    The Absorbalof from Doctor Who is a chubby green monster, who, the clue is in the title, absorbs his victims. Their faces (still talking and conscious) are visible all over his body.
  • June 19, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^^ F, About time....
  • June 19, 2012
    Generality
    For a name, Composite Creature?
  • June 19, 2012
    Shnakepup
    • The Invader Zim episode "Plague Of Babies", where Zim had to face off against a collection of aliens that resemble human babies. They impersonated real babies and bided their time until Zim bumbled along, at which point they attempt to steal his spaceship to escape Earth. When Zim tries to stop them, they form into a "Mega Baby", a fleshy-monstrosity composed of babies.
  • June 20, 2012
    dalek955
    About robots: even if you assemble one out of the remains of others, it's still just modular components. The result would probably be crude, but not horrifying.

    Actually, I think the Awkward Zombie pic would work. In the original comic it's not this trope at all, but the picture alone would work well.

    This Skullkickers page could also be cropped into a good page image, I think.
  • June 20, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Composite Creature sounds good. And, I've thought about the Flesh Golem thing: ok, while some of these examples come from there, this is still a bit different: Flesh Golem tends to mostly be Shout Out or Expy of the Frankenstein monster, and follow the idea of being artificial creatures. This trope may still have examples by itself. For example Naraku: fits the description, but can't be considered a Flesh Golem, neither a proper Worm That Walks. Yup,I feel that we might keep it after all.
  • June 25, 2012
    Ryuuma
    I just had a greater Idea: Listen up: How about if we actually turn Flesh Golem in a subtrope of this, or, maybe, merge Flesh Golem into this trope? I' think this could work out, can't it?
  • June 25, 2012
    chicagomel
    Not sure if this would be videogames or fan works since it's not a licensed game: The Pokemon rom hack Snakewood has at least one trainer who put a bunch of parts of different Pokemon together to create a monster like this. picture here
  • June 26, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^ Fan Work i'd suppose. Anyway, as for now, I'm still waiting to see if this can inglobate Flesh Golem.
  • June 26, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    I don't know if this would count but a Rat King might be an example? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_king_(folklore)
  • June 26, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I am not sure what we should do, Flesh Golem is pretty much the same thing we here. Its amazing how long this was up before someone pointed it out.
  • June 27, 2012
    AgProv
    Literature: Graham Masterton's horror story Death Trance concerns Indonesian folklore, and the feared vampire/voudou spirits, the Leyaks. The Death Goddess, the Mistress of the Leyaks, takes the form of a huge distorted human figure which is made up of millions upon millions of souls she has captured and ensnared. The hero of the story thinks he sees faces he has known, billowing and writhing and screaming in her "hair", among untold others....the Death Trance of the title allows Balinese monks to physically enter the other world, at the price of possible capture by Leyaks and their mistress.
  • June 27, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^^ That's why I suggest to merge the two things, as this covers more tropes than Flesh Golem (who alternatively is a reference to Frankenstein Monster). Kinda ironic, when you think about what this and Flesh Golem are about... I believe it's the more reasonable solution.
  • June 29, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Again, would you please at least ponder on my arguments rather than just discard this only because we have a more specific version? thanks.
  • June 29, 2012
    falver
    Tohno Shiki of Tsukihime has dreams of his doing this.
  • June 29, 2012
    planswalker
    • In the Goblins webcomic, a creature called a finger horror lurks in one particular dungeon and snacks on unaware adventurers. It is literally an amalgam of hundreds of fingers growing out of each other attached to a head. After liquefying its victims, it slurps them up. In a bonus comic page, the author revealed his homebrewed DnD stats for the monster.
  • August 27, 2012
    chihuahua0
    BUMP. Anyone still interested in this?
  • August 27, 2012
    SharleeD
    "Composite Creature" makes it sound like a conventional Biological Mash Up. If the name is to be changed, it should be to something that reveals how gruesome this trope is.

    • In Iron Council, Judah calls up a golem made out of melded corpses of villagers massacred by the New Crobuzon militia.
  • August 29, 2012
    TBeholder
    Patchwork Creature?
  • August 29, 2012
    MrRuano
    The final boss of the Splatterhouse remake is assembled from the remains of various other creatures.
  • August 29, 2012
    StarValkyrie
    ^^ Patchwork Creature will get you stuff like Discworld Igors (sort of like Frankenstein's Monster but not in a horrifying way). It sounds like you're looking explicitly for when the corpse assemblage is meant to be horrifying.

    • Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe has monster called Skinners that skin everything they touch and incorporate it onto the surface of their own body.
    • There's a Discworld fanfic, "The Brain Thief", where the villain is assembling bits from many corpses to create patchwork people that he then brings to a cruel semblance of life and unlike the Igors, these are horrifying.
  • August 30, 2012
    TBeholder
    ^ right. So, that would become a Missing Supertrope to this. But then, is there enough of both to not start with the more inclusive one, making variants internal subtropes?
  • October 4, 2012
    FuzzyWulfe
    Wouldn't this be Mix-And-Match Man?
  • October 4, 2012
    FantasyLiver
    There is an orc in the Return of the King movie that has another head sewn on top of his head.
  • October 5, 2012
    Chabal2
    • Warcraft3 has Abominations, obese Frankenstinian monsters stitched together from corpses.
    • Earlier editions of Warhammer 40 K lore held that orks could survive decapitation for a short while, if a Mad Dok was around to stitch the head back onto another ork's body.
      • A joke example seen in a Warhammer 40 K thread had an Ork warboss figure out that three Boyz cost the same as a boss weapon, but had a greater number of attacks. He then went to the local Mad Dok to see about getting three ork boyz surgically attached to each arm.
  • October 5, 2012
    tardigrade
    A Literature example: the frontispiece to Hobbes' "Leviathan" (1651) depicts the commonwealth as a giant made up of the (living) bodies of the people, with the monarch's head on top. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan_(book)
  • October 5, 2012
    saintdane05
    • The [[bodyhorror Phyrexian Rebirth]] spell from Magic The Gathering. It absorbs all creatures on the field and turns them into one horror token.[[flavorText "As long as one drop of oil exists, the joyous work continues."]]
  • October 5, 2012
    FuzzyWulfe
    I'm going to point out again that this sounds just like Mix-and-Match Man non-genetic type. Most of the examples here are very similar to examples there; the trope probably just needs have the description improved.
  • October 5, 2012
    AgProv
    "There is an orc in the Return of the King movie that has another head sewn on top of his head." I thought that was gruesome trophy decoration impaled to a spike on top of its helmet? Just checked it out - this orc is in charge at the landings when the Black Ships come in. He gets a surprise to see Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and an army of the Dead emerge. I can see why it looks like a second head sewn to the first from the front - but from behind it's clearly a trophy head on a spiked helmet.
  • October 5, 2012
    Chabal2
    A particularly ugly enemy in The Breach basically consists of two legs and an egg-shaped body completely covered in waving human arms. Made even more out of place in that all other enemies are at least vaguely insectoid in nature, this one just comes across as a Starfish Alien.
  • November 21, 2012
    pixelScientist
    This needs a better name, but after that, we can agree this should be a trope.
  • November 21, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Literature

    According to Babylon 5's Expanded Universe Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy of novels, Shadow battlecrabs are composed of miscellaneous parts of sentient creatures (not just the whole being that makes up the CPU)--these are assembled deep underground on Z'ha'dum near "the Eye" (which is also composed of such living parts), and the material is referred to as "substrate". The scene of this processing of live beings into assembled parts, witnessed by Galen, is pure Nightmare Fuel.
  • November 22, 2012
    timo5978
    Would the Human Centipede fit this trope?
  • November 22, 2012
    timo5978
    Gah, wrong page link, but most should know what I mean.
  • November 22, 2012
    justanid
    I'll 3rd Corpse Collage. Why wouldn'tEldritch Abominations have art/hobbies? :D
  • November 22, 2012
    Folamh3
  • December 9, 2012
    Onitatsu
    Bump.
  • December 9, 2012
    tuypo1
    the name sounds like a dumping ground for bodies(where it might come from) how about corpse creature
  • December 9, 2012
    tuypo1
    also corpse collage sounds like a piece of art made of corpses a good idea for another trope though
  • December 9, 2012
    tuypo1
    multi body beast indicates there's multiple corpses involved
  • December 9, 2012
    Onitatsu
    How about "Corpse Collage Creature"?
  • December 9, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
    Wait, the description says that this is different from a Flesh Golem/Frankenstein's Monster, but then Flesh Golems, Tzemisce war ghouls, and similar things of artifical undead creation are in the examples list.
  • December 9, 2012
    Onitatsu
    ..... point taken. Removed the "Golem examples".
  • December 9, 2012
    tuypo1
    should we make flesh golem a sister trope
  • December 9, 2012
    Chernoskill
    125 comments and stil just 3 hats -_-
  • December 9, 2012
    tuypo1
    where still deciding on a name

  • December 9, 2012
    Ekuran
    How about Polybody Monster, or just Polybody?
  • December 10, 2012
    Debatra
    Agreeing with Corpse Collage or Corpse Collage Creature (preferably the latter).

    In Dark Souls, Gravelord Nito is made up of humanoid skeletons.

    Possible page image?
  • December 10, 2012
    Cider
    Flesh Golem allows for mixes of different species. I suppose expanding the definition of this page and using this name as a redirect, maybe a soft split. Examples created like a golem and "natural" or "indeterminate" origins.
  • December 10, 2012
    tuypo1
    i agree we should make this a Super Trope to Flesh Golem i like the Corpse Collage Creature name
  • December 11, 2012
    tuypo1
    perhaps Being Collage Creature so we can include both living, dead, physical and non physical creatures than make Corpse Collage Creature a sub trope with other sub tropes including Skeleton Collage Creature, Ghost Collage Creature and Living Creature Collage Creature for things that are still alive
  • December 11, 2012
    Belgarion89
    What about Body of Bodies for a name?
  • December 11, 2012
    partner555
    In the Webcomic Drowtales, there is a variant of Demon known as the Glutton which absorbs the body of it's victims into it's mass. The end result is rather Squicky.
  • December 11, 2012
    Voyd211
    In Shaman King, Faust VIII turns every skeleton in a graveyard into a 20-Ton Calcium Giant. Even so, Ren dispatches it with ease.

    Also, I like Corpse Collage Creature. That works!
  • December 11, 2012
    Chernoskill
    Centaurs from the Fallout series might count, they are not really a "pile" of bodies, but certainly consist of all kinds of different body parts (mostly arms, legs and heads). Piccy
  • December 11, 2012
    tuypo1
    Body Of Bodys sounds intresting
  • December 11, 2012
    tuypo1
  • December 11, 2012
    Tuckerscreator

    Here's a cool quote from Gravemind:

    '"Now the gate has been unlatched, headstones pushed aside; corpses shift and offer room, a fate you must abide!"''
    --Gravemind, Halo 3
  • December 11, 2012
    tuypo1
  • December 12, 2012
    Voyd211
    @Tuckerscreator: That quote has absolutely nothing to do with being a mobile pile of corpses. It's just a boast.
  • December 12, 2012
    SharleeD
    • In the Ravenloft D&D setting, zombie golems and bone golems are created using the destroyed remains of several different (slain) zombies or animated skeletons as raw materials. In the Mystara setting, multiple non-animated skeletons are needed to produce that world's four-armed bone golems.
  • December 13, 2012
    tuypo1
  • December 14, 2012
    Onitatsu
    Wow, ok. Uhm, shouldn't it be "Body of Bodies?" Anyway, thanks a lot.
  • December 14, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
    This should indeed be the supertrope to Flesh Golem. Good idea.

    As long as this can include things made of living bodies, then I have another example:

    • Exalted:
      • One of the more random, weird monsters is called the Lookshy Rebel. It's the result of a magical backfire fusing the bodies (and minds?) of several guys into a Body Horror mess that wanders the streets of the city Lookshy, impotently trying to start a rebellion. It has Resurrective Immortality.
      • Alongside the many hideous necrotech and Flesh Golem creations of the Deathlords and their Abyssal knights are the Spine Chains: legless torsos of many human skeletons fused together by shoving the head of each into the next one's ribcage. They crawl around like giant centipedes on their hands, wielding numerous weapons with their front "segments."
  • December 18, 2012
    cruelflames
    The Harvester from Dragon Age is an example as well...
  • December 18, 2012
    King9999
    I think Corpse Party would've been a good name if it wasn't taken. I like Body of Bodies.
  • December 18, 2012
    Onitatsu
    ^^ Please, explain a little. Since Zero Content Example aren't allowed anymore, details are always welcome.

    So, tomorrow I'll rename this "Body of Bodies". If you have anything to say, speak know.... or complain later.
  • December 18, 2012
    KZN02
    About the robot thing again, what if the robots combined were NOT meant to be combined in the first place?
  • December 18, 2012
    dvorak
    Tabletop Game
    • Pathfinder has an undead called the Charnel Collossus, which is basically a huge undead monstrosity that was meant to be used as an un-living library, and is composed of an entire graveyards worth of "like-minded individuals". Imagine the Legion boss from Castle Vania crossed with a centipede.
  • December 23, 2012
    Onitatsu
    I believe it's almost ready... anything else, gentlemen?
  • December 23, 2012
    KZN02
    My recent question? I guess I should provide an example if it fits the context.

    BIONICLE: In the Kingdom Alternate Dimension, Teridax first takes over Icarax's body and then absorbs the bodies of every Makuta that died afterwards, gaining their knowledge and mass and becoming an unrecognizable colossus.
  • December 24, 2012
    jaren
    • Neo-Exdeath from Final Fantasy V. The boss looks like a mixture of several being and/or creatures.
  • January 1, 2013
    Onitatsu
    ^^ Well, I guess that we can count them too, maybe writing something like "robotic example" before. Or we can mention in the description that in certain settings this trope can be applied to humanoid-like robots if they're not meant to "dock" together like transforming mecha or something of that effect. Is this fair enough?
  • January 1, 2013
    KZN02
    K, that's what I wanted to know.
  • January 1, 2013
    SunnyV
    • In the Adventure Time episode "Freaks," all the freaks combined into one body look like this.
  • January 2, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Family Guy Joe and his handicapped friends combine into the Humongous Mecha "Crippletron."
  • January 2, 2013
    SpitefulFox
    • In the Deadlands adventure The Unity, players face a psychically-charged, undead mass composed of several syker corpses.
  • January 2, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Module X2 Castle Amber. While the PCs are in Averoigne they must defeat a hundred foot tall zombie colossus created out of hundreds of dead bodies.

    Edited the Dungeons And Dragons examples in the OP to put them all together.
  • January 2, 2013
    Voyd211
    It's got five hats, and it's been here for a while. Why has this not yet been launched?
  • January 2, 2013
    Onitatsu
    You're never careful enough. I'm planning to launch it tomorrow (3 January 2013). If anyone needs to add one last comment or suggestion, now's the time.
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