Created By: MajinGojira on July 22, 2013 Last Edited By: MajinGojira on July 27, 2013

Proportionately Ponderous Parasites

The parasites of giant creatures are also giant.

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When there are monstrously large creatures roaming the country side, you can expect the things that live on them (be they parasitic or symbiotic) to be proportionally as large. The creepiest of Big Creepy-Crawlies. They may be annoyances for their host, but for humans, they can be deadly. Often they are often more monstrous or mutated just to be able to live on such gigantic life forms.

Keep in mind that some parasites can get pretty large within human hosts (tape worms, etc.). This trope is for parasites that are larger than their normal (read: human and common animal preying) brethren due primarily to their host organism being larger.

A common feature of a Womb Level and often featured living on Kaiju.


Comic Books
  • The comic book Godzilla Legends has Godzilla, again, afflicted with a parasite. This time, it's a bird making a nest amidst its spines. The radioactivity mutated the birds into razor-beaked, multi-eyed freaks.

  • Pacific Rim. This has the some of the smallest parasites -- they look like Isopods, but are the size of footballs.
  • The Return of Godzilla. In 1984 started this trope in modern times possibly. Here, Godzilla is aflicted with 4 to 5ft long sea lice. They are called Shokilas.
  • Gojira. A possible example. Inside Godzilla's footprint on Odo Island, Doctor Yamane discovers a Trilobite that, presumably, was living on Godzilla as a parasite. This one is the smallest known, at 6 inches.
  • Cloverfield. Clover has extremely dangerous "Flea" like creatures living on its hide. Their bite is extremely dangerous. They're about 5ft long to boot.

  • Chrono Trigger's Lavos is nothing more than a giant mite from outer space, which also happens to suck planets dry and is capable of raining fiery death on an entire world.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • July 22, 2013
    You should probably go into a little detail about what the Kaiju page is about. So people know what it is.

    Then again maybe Giant Monster Parasite would be a better name so it's more clear/ avoids Trope Namer Syndrome.
  • July 22, 2013
    • Real Life whale tapeworms can grow to more than 100 feet long, due to the immense length of their host's digestive tract. Likewise, some of the largest barnacles on Earth grow on the snouts and flukes of humpback whales.
  • July 22, 2013
    With that addition, I guess "Giant Parasite" would work best. This would require a re-wording of the opening to match it. Something like "In worlds with giant animals, the parasites are often super sized to match."
  • July 22, 2013
    Agreed. Drop the kaiju.

    This is definitely pretty common in a Womb Level.
  • July 23, 2013
    I think you should broaden the description so that it covers not only parasites but also symbiotes. After all, the only difference between the two is that the other is of some use to the host whereas the other is just a nuisance; from the perspective of the human characters they are essentially the same.

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  • July 23, 2013

    • Basically a borderline example, but Chrono Trigger's Lavos is nothing more than a giant mite from outer space, which also happens to suck planets dry and is capable of raining fiery death on an entire world.
  • July 23, 2013
    Italicized and Wiki Worded work titles and divided examples by media.

    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons adventure EX1 Dungeonland. The PCs can encounter a giant dog the size of an elephant. If they search its body (e.g. after killing it) they will discover (and be attacked by) three Giant Ticks.
    • Star Fleet Battles, Captain's Log #40 short story "The Nature of the Beast". A Federation starship encounters a huge monster called a Space Manta, which is infested with giant parasites. The Manta can "fire" them at targets as if the parasites were guided missiles.
  • July 23, 2013
    • In the novel The Sky People, the dinosaurs on an alternate Venus have lice the size of crayfish; you do NOT want to get one on you.
    • Similarly, in a Brian Aldiss short story "Poor Little Warrior", a time-traveling big game hunter kills a brontosaurus(sic), only to be killed by the vermin swarming off its carcass.
    • The movie version of Land Of the Lost, when Will Ferrell's character gets a tick the size of a football.
  • July 23, 2013
    Define "giant" please. I mean, does it have to be "objectively" giant, or can it just be giant relative to its normal size?
  • July 23, 2013
    Suggested quotation:

    And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on;
    While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.
    -- Augustus De Morgan
  • July 23, 2013
    ^ Damn it, I was hoping to quote that.

    • Skyward Sword: The local Space Whale harbors a parasite the size of a building, defeated by throwing its attacks back at it.
    • Twilight Princess: The first boss is a Deku Baba mutated until it's mouth can easily swallow you whole, leeching off a particularly gigantic tree.
    • Solatorobo: The enemies around your own size found inside the Titano-Machina are basically its immune system, though there are some ulcer-like parasites.
    • Final Fantasy X: The giant monster Sin is covered in living scales the size of a human called Sinscales, which it can fire in large quantities at small enemies. And that's not even getting into the giant monsters that live inside it.
    • Oracle Of Ages: The giant fish Jabu-Jabu serves as one of the game's dungeons, and contains many monsters including a giant Electric Jellyfish.
    • The Authority once encounters a beyond-huge pyramidal space entity that, as a scientist put it, created Earth as a Mordor-esque vacation home, and is not happy to find that life has developped to such a degree. Inside it the team finds an entire civilization of parasitic lifeforms that build their cities inside it.

    Less extreme example: The first miniboss of Twilight Princess is a baboon the size of a gorilla. It's controlled by a Puppeteer Parasite the size of its face, far larger than any insect has the right to be.

    Possible example: The Parasite spell in Warcraft III causes a unit to take damage as the tiny creature chews/burrows its way around the host's body. If it dies under the effect, it creates a man-sized Murloc from the corpse, no matter the size of the original. Similarly, the Doom spell spawns a great big Doom Guard, one of the largest units in the game, no matter the original host's size.
  • July 23, 2013
    If we're going to use real life examples, giant relative to it's normal size would be the best way to go. I've altered the original to reflect this.
  • July 24, 2013
    The Gojira example's trilobite parasite doesn't really qualify as "giant" if it's the "smallest known" of it's species.
  • July 24, 2013
    On Gor tarns (giant birds that some warriors use as mounts) can get lice the size of large marbles.
  • July 24, 2013
    Monstrous Monster Parasite? Would prevent people from adding examples that are just "parasites which are large."
  • July 24, 2013
    I'd suggest "Giant Monster, Giant Parasite" but it'd be nice if there's a shorter and better title.
  • July 26, 2013
  • July 27, 2013
    I love Proportionately Ponderous Parasites! Changing it now.
  • July 27, 2013
    • In Hindu mythology, Earth was made from the remains a giant which the gods made and sacrificed to themselves. Some versions go on to state that the various parasites on his body became the creatures of the Earth.