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->''"Arthur, my mustache is touching my brain..."''
-->-- '''WesternAnimation/TheTick''', ''That Mustache Feeling''

Welcome to the lovely land of Body Horror. Simply put, this is any form of {{Horror}} or Squickiness involving body parts, parasitism, disfigurement, mutation, or unsettling bodily configuration, not induced by immediate violence.

For example: Being shot in the chest and having your organs exposed is BloodyHorror, not body horror. Turning into a monster is a BalefulPolymorph, but still not a body horror. Having your chest tear open of its own free will, exposing your organs as your ribcage is repurposed as a gaping maw full of boney teeth? ''That'' is Body horror.

This trope is difficult to pin down, as it has a wide range of potential applications and invocations, but what they all hinge upon is the PrimalFear of the UncannyValley, deformity, parasites, contamination, the ravages of disease, and the aftermath of bodily injury. The mind knows on a deep instinctive level that [[EyelessFace faces should have eyes]] and [[EyesDoNotBelongThere hands should not]]. Organs and bones belong on the inside, and parasites and circuit boards do not. Bodies should be roughly symmetrical and have logical proportions. And ''nothing'' should ever look like this page's example image.

Slowly mutating in a [[TransformationHorror sickeningly twisted and deformed manner]] after contracting TheVirus, a [[OrificeInvasion close encounter]] [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong of the squick kind]] leaving someone the incubator for a ChestBurster, [[TheUndead a rotting zombie]], an EldritchAbomination resembling a tangle of organs, and a shapeshifter abandoning any attempt at aesthetics or imitation to become a [[ShapeshifterMashup writhing mass of random but recognizable parts]] are all examples of Body Horror.

Obviously as a trope based on PrimalFear body horror is OlderThanDirt.
Important modern examples include the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' tetralogy, with its skeletal, vaguely humanoid aliens, [[TropeMaker Trope Making]] {{Chest Burster}}s and iconic hand-like {{Face Hugger}}s; ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'', which codified the connection between shapeshifters and body horror in the popular imagination; and DeadSpace, which is essentially an interactive demonstration of many of Body Horror's various subtropes and related tropes.

For a character or {{Mook}} who has this as their back story, see WasOnceAMan and TragicMonster, and/or TheGrotesque. If Body Horror is played for sympathy, it can be used to explore the issue of WhatMeasureIsANonHuman. Can result in AndIMustScream if the victim is aware of their condition but totally helpless. Using this trope can result in OurMonstersAreWeird of the most horrific kind.

Sub-supertrope of EvilIsVisceral.
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!!Subtropics
* AlienKudzu - When body horror meets botany
* AppendageAssimilation - do-it-yourself transplants
* TheAssimilator - resistance is futile. You will become body horror.
* BeautyToBeast
* BioAugmentation
* BloodyHorror - Horror involving blood used in ways for which it was not intended
* BodyOfBodies
* BodyAndHost
** TwoSiblingsInOne
** ClingyCostume
** HeroicHost
* BrainInAJar
* CreepyLongFingers
* CreepilyLongArms
* {{Cyborg}}
** CyberneticsEatYourSoul
** ManInTheMachine
** UnwillingRoboticisation
* EatenAlive
* EvilHand - [[RussianReversal In body horror, transplant receives you]]!
* EyesDoNotBelongThere- Or there. Or there. And definitely not ''there''.
* FleshGolem - MacGyvering meets Necromancy
* HybridOverkillAvoidance
* LovecraftianSuperpower - Some superpowers can be awkward
* MyBrainIsBig
* MarionetteMotion - when bodies should not move that way.
* MalevolentMutilation - sometimes body horror is created intentionally...
* MeatMoss - When body horror meets interior decorating
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily
** LampreyMouth
* {{Mutant}}s
* NightmareFace
** TheBlank
** EyelessFace - eyes do belong here...
* ThePowerOfBlood
* PowerUpgradingDeformation - The good news is you can now run twice as fast...the bad news is that its because you've got twice as many legs.
* PuppeteerParasite
* OrganicTechnology - Squick Tech
* SculptedPhysique - When your blind date turns out to be a literal brick house.
* ShapeshifterMashup - Become ALL of the things!... at the same time.
* ShapeshifterSwansong
* SpawnBroodling
* TheSymbiote
* TooManyMouths - mouths don't belong there.
** BellyMouth - or there.
** NestedMouths - or inside of other mouths.
* TransformationHorror - don't look at me while I'm [[IncrediblyLamePun changing]].
* TransformationOfThePossessed
* VaginaDentata



!!Tropes that can involve or result in Body Horror:
* CameBackWrong - A common cause of several forms of body horror.
* CapturedSuperEntity - Why Mr. Health Inspector, [[BlatantLies of course we aren't experimenting on captive aliens here!]]
** MainliningTheMonster - Its not like the wonderdrug comes from [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial draining some creature of its bodily fluids]]!
** PoweredByAForsakenChild - You want to see the utility room, too? Um...its this way, [[LeaveNoWitnesses down in the basement]]
* EmergencyTransformation - Another common cause of body horror.
* FetusTerrible
* HumanoidAlien
* NauseaFuel
* NightmareFuel
* SlowTransformation
* {{Squick}}
* PainfulTransformation
* ViralTransformation
* WhatHaveIBecome
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman

!!Examples

[[index]]
* BodyHorror/{{Advertisement}}
* BodyHorror/AnimeAndManga
* BodyHorror/CardGames
* BodyHorror/ComicBooks
* BodyHorror/FairyTales
* BodyHorror/FanFic
* BodyHorror/{{Film}}
* BodyHorror/{{Literature}}
* BodyHorror/LiveActionTV
* BodyHorror/{{Meta}}
* BodyHorror/{{Music}}
* BodyHorror/{{Podcast}}
* BodyHorror/TabletopGames
* BodyHorror/VideoGames
* BodyHorror/{{Webcomics}}
* BodyHorror/WebOriginal
* BodyHorror/WesternAnimation
* BodyHorror/{{Other}}
* BodyHorror/RealLife
[[/index]]
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