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->''"There was a darkness outside reality, they say -- a darkness full of ''things''. Hungry, ''nasty'' things with no shape or form, not as long as they were out there."''
-->-- '''Creator/KurtBusiek''', "Storms of the Heart," ''ComicBook/AstroCity''
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The Alien. The Other. The Inconceivable. The Eldritch Abomination is a type of creature defined by its disregard for the natural laws of the universe as we understand them. They are [[SurrealHorror grotesque mockeries of reality]] [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm beyond comprehension]] whose disturbing otherness cannot be encompassed in any mortal tongue. Humans suffer BrownNote or GoMadFromTheRevelation effects just from witnessing their AlienGeometries. Reality itself [[RealityWarper warps]] around them. Any rules that they do follow are [[BlueAndOrangeMorality beyond our understanding]], as are what motives they might have for any of their actions.

Native to the CosmicHorrorStory genre, popularized by Creator/HPLovecraft, the Eldritch Abomination has become a mainstay of {{horror}} and {{fantasy}} works, along with numerous others that [[{{Mythopoeia}} derive inspiration]] from Lovecraft. They are often used as a GreaterScopeVillain, OutsideContextProblem, MadGod, [[GodOfEvil Evil God]] or SealedEvilInACan. As they are defined by existing outside reality as we conceive it, most also come from somewhere beyond the stars or [[TimeAbyss before the dawn of time]] or [[EldritchLocation outside our universe]].

Physically, the Eldritch Abomination is only defined by seeming [[UncannyValley somehow “off”]], hinting at their [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm incomprehensible nature]]. They can range from {{humanoid|Abomination}} to {{animalistic|Abomination}} to [[AlienGeometries physically impossible]] to [[MindScrew inconceivably bizarre]]. However, common physical characteristics include similarities to [[BodyHorror internal organs]], [[FreudWasRight genitalia]], [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods animals with tentacles]], or [[CelestialBody celestial bodies]].

Subtrope of OurMonstersAreDifferent and OurMonstersAreWeird.

For Eldritch Abominations with a specific appearance, see:
* AdorableAbomination
* AnimalisticAbomination
* HumanoidAbomination
* MechanicalAbomination

For specific storylines involving Eldritch Abominations, see the DidYouJustIndexCthulhu page. Compare with GodOfEvil, TheOldGods, ParadoxPerson, and StarfishAliens. Note that a monster being really powerful, weird or ugly is not, in and of itself, an example of this trope. The monster must break the established internal logic of the work.

Thanks to the nature of this trope, potential RealLife examples are very vague and questionable at best. So Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease


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* EldritchAbomination/LiveActionTV
** EldritchAbomination/DoctorWho
* EldritchAbomination/{{Music}}
* EldritchAbomination/MythologyAndReligion
* EldritchAbomination/TabletopGames
* EldritchAbomination/VideoGames
** EldritchAbomination/TheElderScrolls
** EldritchAbomination/FinalFantasy
** EldritchAbomination/{{Metroid}}
** EldritchAbomination/{{Pokemon}}
** EldritchAbomination/RuneScape
* EldritchAbomination/{{Webcomics}}
* EldritchAbomination/WebOriginal
** EldritchAbomination/SCPFoundation
* EldritchAbomination/WesternAnimation

[[folder:Amusement Parks]]
* The ''Nemesis'' roller coaster at Ride/AltonTowers amusement park in the UK (being the titular Nemesis). Nemesis comes from another dimension, a dimension beyond our imagination. There are theories, and then there is the legend... Beneath the ground at Alton Towers, something strange and horrible lurked: a creature put on the Earth 2 million years ago. The creature was disturbed during maintenance work on one of the other rides in Forbidden Valley. The creature, angry at being discovered, [[NightmareFuel/AltonTowers caused havoc, ripping up trees and buildings, sending them hurtling skyward]]. A security silence fell over Alton Towers as historians, archaeologists, and the Ministry of Defence nervously began some serious investigations. What they discovered was Nemesis. It had to be controlled - 250 tonnes of steel and 200 men pinned down Nemesis. The steel holding down the monster was twisted and bent into unusual shapes - the steel was the roller coaster track thrill seekers ride today - Nemesis. In a promotional comic released to advertise the ride, said creature had its own cult with its own TomeOfEldritchLore.
** Nemesis: Sub-terra. All we know is that it explores beneath the foundations of Nemesis... and many tentacles are in evidence...

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%%* The titular terror in the ''ComicStrip/ThisModernWorld'' strip "[[https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/3/12/1748054/-Cartoon-The-thing-that-ate-America-s-brain The Thing That Ate America's Brain]]" is a tentacled BrainMonster that [[EmotionEater feeds on]] the "chaos, anger and turmoil" generated by UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.

* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': Several enemies the hero encounters could be considered as such.
** One of the creepier recurring enemies in the series is the Crypt Spawn. These are essentially swarms of human brains with batwings that, ironically enough, mindlessly attack anything in their path. They always appear in the presence of even greater evils, such as [[spoiler:a timeless and bodyless... ''thing'' in the Graveyard of the Ancients, two of the Darklords themselves, and the [[BigBad King of the Darkness, Naar]] himself. The thing in the Graveyard is [[FinalBossPreview implied to be Naar.]]]]
** The Akraa'Neonor summoned by Vonotar in Book 3. It even has the CombatTentacles.
** The Agtah on the astral plane of Daziarn boast twisted misshappen forms.
** The master, the horrific Chaos-master. Its appearance is that of a vaguely humanoid giant composed of the many parts of various animals... which keeps moving and changing shape unceasingly.
** The Kleasa from the ''World of Lone Wolf'' series. A Living Shadow from another dimension that eats souls like candy. Worse, the only way you can beat it is by setting it free, to reap evil elsewhere.

* Found a dime a dozen in ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'':
** The Glitch. It was so horrible that it began [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou glitching out the player's posts]] if they didn't format the text into times new roman.
** Hell, a player called Erelye has an entire collection of them, and corresponds frequently with uncollectable ones.
* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', [[VideoGame/LEGOUniverse the Maelstrom]] is depicted as a force of utter destruction the likes of which cannot be comprehended by any ordinary person. It cannot be stopped, only delayed.
* Any Glitch Pokemon in ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers''
** One (Missingno.) was [[spoiler:a failed prototype of the Mewtwo cloning project, fused with a RealityWarping supercomputer that could have made [[Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream AM]] proud]]. Its brother was a Cipher experiment GoneHorriblyRight, which was prone to [[spoiler:kidnapping innocent newborns and converting them into soldiers for its army.]]
** ♀ was a formless mass that emitted a [[BrownNote song]] that caused any being to go near it to be driven into homicidal insanity.
* ''Roleplay/{{Apotheosis}}'' has numerous gods that look eldritch, but the Crawling Chaos takes the cake. It has a thousand eyes, millions of claws, and jaws the size of worlds. When an old man summoned it in an accident, his eyes and organs were liquefied.
* ''Roleplay/InfiniteJustice'', being a crossover between Manga/DragonBallZ, Comics/MarvelComics, and Comics/DCComics, has numerous creatures from the canon comics, as well as the Leth'hao, the Voidlords. Creatures the size of continents that eat stars and live in black holes, ''seven'' of them fought a war against [[PhysicalGod The Starkindlers]] that nearly destroyed reality, until [[TheOmnipotent The Source]] banished them to the edge of the universe. WordOfGod says that normal humans that [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm try to see their true forms will have their mind destroyed, unless they're the goddamn Batman]].

* The Boyg from ''Theatre/PeerGynt''. "Not dead, not living, slimy, foggy" is the only description given in-play. YouCanNotGraspTheTrueForm, and it is nigh invincible, because it always dodges you. According to the play Peer Gynt gets {{mind rape}}d, and starts to act and think like it, ending up as a quite incoherent and fractured soul at the end of the play. ''Avoiding'' this entity would seem to be a good idea - but as the creature wins through avoiding, you end up playing its game.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''
** Tren Krom exists as a ShoutOut to Lovecraft. However, he actually ''isn't'' an alien or ''other''; he was created by the Great Beings just like everything else in the Matoran world. Despite this, he's got the looks -- tentacles and all -- and causes insanity in those who look upon him. He was also one of the first things to exist in the Matoran world, managing it before Mata Nui, [[spoiler:who contains the entire Matoran world in his ''body'']], was activated.
-->'''Tren Krom:''' You think me an alien... an "other"... But I am of the substance of this universe, and I walked here long before you or even Mata Nui himself.\\
-- Federation of Fear
** [[BigBad Makuta]] was described like this as first - a kicking, screaming, lashing ''thing'' of pure malevolence. As a Makuta he has the ability to shape shift into any form and can create Rahkshi from his own flesh, which are considered as his sons. Then he got [[RetCon retconned]] into a MagnificentBastard [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] more akin to [[{{Satan}} The Devil]] than anything Lovecraftian, and Greg Farshtey himself has [[WordOfGod stated]] that he prefers Makuta this way.
** Annona, which has been described as a small, star-like thing with tentacles and a room chilling aura. [[DreamStealer It eats dreams.]]
** The first Rahi were tentacled monstrosities and other madness-inducing sea beasts. Akin to Tren Krom, they are actually naturally occurring in the Matoran world, but they are still unspeakably ancient and strange.
** The Energized Protodermis Entity was through excessive backstory rewrites and extensions turned from a one shot bad guy made of SentientPhlebotinum into this, when it was revealed to have been a mysterious cosmic being that resided in the core of Spherus Magna, and was in fact the engine that set the ''entire'' story into motion. It can take on many shapes, but its natural form is a silvery liquid.
* There are Cthulhu dolls. [[http://paizo.com/image/product/catalog/IMPTYV/IMPTYVHP004_360.jpeg D'aww. Great, ancient evil.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** Unicron, the [[OmnicidalManiac Great Devourer]], the [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil Chaos Bringer]], the PlanetEater. His total goal is the reduction of all existence in every reality to nothing. He empowers his Heralds, gifting them with fleets of vehicles, vast armies, supernatural powers, and [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil powerful insanity]]. Amongst his Heralds:
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Megatronus]] [[Literature/TransformersExodus Prime]], one of the [[ThirteenIsUnlucky Original Thirteen]], a warrior of Primus charged with overseeing all Entropy in the multiverse who Unicron corrupted into betraying his brothers. [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Henceforth, his name would forever be "The Fallen".]]
** [[Anime/TransformersEnergon Scorponok]], HumongousMecha even by HumongousMecha standards and overseer of the Terrorcon hivemind.
** If Unicron counts, then so does Primus aka ''Cybertron itself''. In some versions of the backstory they are even [[CainAndAbel brothers]]. A rare example of a benevolent Eldritch Abomination.
* [[http://funko.com/products/pop-literature-hp-lovecraft-cthulhu Funko Pop Cthulhu]], it may qualify as AdorableAbomination.
* Toys/{{Figma}}:
** [[LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan Nyaruko]], noted that she is Nyarlaphotep.
** [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyubey]] [[note]]Incubator[[/note]], you can find him in School Uniform Madoka or Akuma Homura set as accessory.

* Many of Franchise/CthulhuMythos' deities appear in ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}''. Although the Great Old Ones are treated as just powerful monsters, the Outer Gods still play it straight.
** To elaborate, unlike in the mythos, most Outer Gods are sealed in compact universes inside the Shining Trapezohedron. But Azathoth still generate countless universes from inside, making it the center of the multiverse (and the destruction of the Shining Trapezohedron will doom everything, for Azathoth will turn the whole multiverse into an EldritchLocation once it's free). At least two Outer Gods are free, for neither of them can be sealed. One is Yog-Sothoth (being the embodiment of all time and space) and the other is Nyarlathotep (being the will of the Outer Gods, and since the multiverses come from the thoughts of Azathoth, [[spoiler:sealing Nyarlathotep will simply drive it from your universe for a while, then it will re-emerge with another mask in an alternate universe]]. One of the latter's forms, Clockwork Phantom, is an elaborate version of the Tik-Tok Man in the mythos, being a [[MechanicalLifeforms mechanic abomination]] that assimilated whole universes into itself.
** Then there's the [[spoiler:War God Demonbane, the hidden, second form of the titular mecha]]. Its sheer size destroys the universe it appears in, and ''collides with the multiverse''. It can also manipulate and ''weaponize'' universes. However, that is nothing compared to [[spoiler:Elder God Demonbane, the third and final form]], who can create '''infinite''' amount of the aforementioned universe-destroying, multiverse-colliding abominations.
* Would you believe that ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has one? The sequel, ''Holiday Star'', has [[spoiler:The King, once an unstable and betrayed button quail named Nanaki Kazuaki, now a monstrous HiveMind that sprouts multicolored extra heads when angry, kidnaps our heroine and her birdy beaus to his FisherKingdom, and tries to absorb any souls he encounters, living or dead, out of desire for friendship without betrayal.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}''
** The Ultimate Ones, [[SentientCosmicForce the sentient will of every worlds]] (including each planets), and [[PhysicalGod their physical incarnation]], The TYPES, which hit nearly every point of this trope. Although the specifics vary, they are typically [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever enormous]], [[NighInvulnerability unkillable]], [[RealityWarper alter the fundamental nature of reality in their vicinity]] just by ''existing'', and have [[BlueAndOrangeMorality thought processes that are completely incomprehensible]] to us PunyEarthlings. Oh, and the reason the Types came to Earth during ''Literature/AngelNotes'' was [[KillAllHumans to wipe out humanity]] [[GaiasVengeance as revenge for killing Gaia]].
** Most of the beings included in the [[TheDreaded Dead Apostle Ancestors]] list (a list for the top 27 beings most dangerous to humanity as a whole). Given that most of the beings listed there are vampires (originating from TYPE-Moon), it makes sense. Special mention, however, goes to the ones in top-10 ranks: especially Forest Of Einnashe (Rank-7, a living, dimension-hopping forest who becomes alive after the corpse of a powerful vampire was disposed of there), ORT (who is actually TYPE-Mercury, ''the'' strongest being in the franchise, but it is listed as a Rank-5 since it [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt annihilated the previous holder for disturbing its sleep]]), TYPE-Moon himself (who is ironically only Rank-3) and Primate Murder (Rank-1, a spiritual wolf created by Gaia, Ultimate One of the Earth, strong enough to annihilate the human race in mere seconds, if it is ever allowed to by his master).
** [[HumanoidAbomination The Servants]]. Souls pulled out from the cycle of death and rebirth, because they're remembered in the Collective Unconscious as "heroes". When resurrected as familiar spirits, they are completely immune to anything that is incapable of harming their spiritual bodies, and can consume human souls to empower themselves. This trope is especially true for the more powerful Servants, who can warp reality with their Noble Phantasms (A Servant's signature, most distinctive weapons or skills). To emphasise their incomprehensible nature, when a human tries to use a severed Servant's arm as a transplanted organ (since his own arm was severed), not only can said human access the memories of the Servant, the memories begin to ''completely destroy his mind''.
** ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has [[spoiler:Angra Mainyu, residing inside the Grail.]] [[spoiler:In the Third Holy Grail War, the Einzberns tried to summon an extra Servant in addition to seven, and got the Avenger class. Unfortunately, [[FromNobodyToNightmare he was nothing more than a normal nameless man]], who was in life [[ColdBloodedTorture horribly tortured by his fellow villagers]] [[UpToEleven from birth to death]], "[[CosmicPlaything to be the scapegoat for all the world's evil]]". Upon his defeat though, he ''can'' have his wish granted, since the Grail treats him as a human rather than a spirit. Naturally, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he wishes for something to take his place]], something to shoulder all the world's evil. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor He got exactly what he asked for]], a being [[TheHeartless made of every evil mankind ever has, ever will, and ever]] ''[[TheHeartless could]]'' [[TheHeartless commit]]. It consumes Avenger, and both of them are trapped inside the Grail, [[TheCorruption corrupting it]] as [[UltimateEvil Angra Mainyu]]. Immersed within it, Avenger was corrupted and hates all mankind with a passion. If it is ever released from its shell, it would bring forth about 7 billion curses towards the world in the form of a huge, organic tower that spills black mud that corrupts and burns everything in its path.]]
** ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' has the 72 Demons of the ArsGoetia. They are part of a spiritual HiveMind created by the Lesser Key of Solomon, [[PureMagicBeing a magecraft ritual given will and life]]. Each of them can manifest across any point of history, and when all of them combines their power they can perform the "Ars Almadel Salomonis" which creates ''[[LightEmUp billions of destructive light across all of history]]'' to burn ''all living beings'' and turn them into magical energy for further magical rituals. Further, the kanji used for their name can be either read "Demon Gods" or "Demon Pillars" and fittingly when manifesting physically, a single demon appears as a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant pillar of putrid black flesh]], [[EyesDoNotBelongThere encircled at intervals by glowing red eyes]]. Even without any apparent mouth, they are able to vocalize with a distorted, inhuman ''shriek''. Further, they can [[TheCorruption corrupt]] and [[DemonicPossession possess living beings]] and turn them into a physical avatar of their HiveMind.
** From the same game, there are also [[UltimateEvil the Evils of Humanity]], also known as Beast-class Servants or Beasts of Calamity, threatening to annihilate humanity from existence. Each of them embodies a weakness of human nature (as such, the name of "Evil" is actually a bit misleading), such as Pity[[note]]the sheer arrogance of looking down on others for being different[[/note]], Regression, Desire, Comparison, Regret, Stagnation, etc. Each takes the form of a certain EldritchAbomination created by either the planet itself or humanity; the aforementioned Goetia demons is in fact part of Beast I, representing Pity, the Demon God King Goetia. Each Beast has their own unique way of manifest across history and instilling TheCorruption upon all life. Their worst trait, however, is that ''none'' of them naturally has ''a concept of death''. Whenever any one of them manifests, the GodzillaThreshold has to be passed just for ''a chance'' of victory.
** Outer Gods exist in the Higher Dimensions, worlds that exist above the parallel worlds and timelines that mankind resides in. Summoning just one of them is an ''Beast'' level of threat, as [[spoiler:Abigail Williams]] shows.
* Though we never see the entire true form, [[spoiler:Saya]] from ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' is implied to be a StarfishAlien/Tentacle Monster-type alien. [[spoiler:She also turns Yoh into one of these as her [[SexSlave pet]].]]
* Not only is ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' full of these in the form of the <>, but [[spoiler:M, the protagonist's cryptic guide, benefactor, and possible love interest, is later revealed to be Nyarlathotep]].
* [[spoiler:The uncle]] from VisualNovel/TheUncleWhoWorksForNintendo, who is implied to be some kind of all-powerful digital being.
* In ''VisualNovel/WeKnowTheDevil'', [[spoiler:Venus, Neptune, and Jupiter when the devil takes them. They become monstrosities with symbolism based off their anxieties.]]
* In [=ClockUp=]'s ''Maggot Baits'', we have the titular Demonic Maggots:
-->Monstrous lumps of meat that infest the city. Maggots featuring human limbs, eyes, and mouths, theirs is an unsettling, viscerally repulsive appearance.\\
Gifted with strong regenerative abilities against physical damage, they secrete a bodily fluid with entrancing aphrodisiac properties.\\
They induce a powerful instinctive feeling of dread in Witches, though the reason is unknown.\\
They hunt human women and Witches for reproductive and predatory purposes.
* ''VisualNovel/MayITakeYourOrder'': Talaiporia is implied to be some sort of pain-consuming god from The Void. Which is a really perfect choice for a Romantic Comedy heroine.

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* In [[http://bogleech.com/animations.html The Fear Hole]], [[spoiler:the horrible thing that Antagonizer fights in [[http://scythemantis.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1ovt1g Episode 7]]. It's never seen, but it's described with terms like "It's like a sewer had an abortion" and "It's like if cancer had leprosy", so you know it's bad.]]
** The thing in [[http://www.bogleech.com/flash/FEARHOLE4.html Episode 4]] who looks like Cthulhu and has the personality of a small, fairly innocent child, but [[spoiler:in the end turns out to be nasty]].
* The ''Webcomic/GarnetAndGure'' animated short, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl1UKqSoD9g "Monsters are Dwelling"]] introduces us to the mythos of the "Horrible Gods", as described by a surprisingly charming green, eight-armed naked lady who is apparently going door to door to spread the Word of Kar-Goom.
* ''Webcomic/BoxerHockey'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6GEEi67atc In this cartoon]] Rittz appears to be tormented by one of these. Don't worry, it's funnier than it sounds.
* The Aeon Worm from ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' is a powerful, giant creature from the [[AnotherDimension "see-through zone"]]. It is never shown in full on screen, but [[http://m1.behance.net/rendition/modules/91159573/disp/48fd3f24abfd24873bd7e8af33af02e9.jpg its true appearance]] is very alien.
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', as shown in his reviews of ''VideoGame/SimCity'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The Sims 4]]'', tends to paint [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]] as an evil amorphous black mass of tentacles and goo. [[FunWithAcronyms Rather fittingly, in a wordplay way]].
* In [[https://youtu.be/zpMre7UTZQI Aurora Borealis]], a music video for a ''Music/LemonDemon'' song, otherwordly creatures are visible from almost the very first second, and serve as a backdrop throughout the whole video, with the two main characters as nearly the only humans seen. [[spoiler: Although, it turns out they're monsters, as well.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Its Keedran's favorite form to take! She looks like a [[CreepyCentipedes Creepy Centipede]] with CreepyLongArms, one of which is a snake and the other that looks like a bear's.
* The old gods from pilot ''WesternAnimation/SongInTheSky''--the main threat of the episode is a screeching giant elk skull...thing, and more are lurking in the shadows.

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%% * Of course, being real life, there are no EXACT examples (since those who study it would [[GoMadFromTheRevelation go insane]]). However, there are creatures that do straddle the borderline, like deep sea creatures. For example, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigfin_squid bigfin squid]], the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_isopod giant isopod]], the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantactis gigantactis]], and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelican_eel pelican eel]].
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