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A living being made of spare body parts.

A trope pretty heavily influenced by FrankensteinsMonster is nonetheless quite distinct from the former in that, whereas Frankenstein's Monster usually has a humanoid appearance, barring the UncannyValley and various body parts belonging to different people, a flesh golem[[note]]TropeNamer: ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''[[/note]] need not look normal in the slightest.

If this creature is even vaguely humanoid, it may look like a nightmare version of conjoined twins, or it is a hulking abomination made of various parts of human flesh, sometimes skinless, often possessing extra limbs, organs and heads where they really shouldn't belong. Unlike Frankie expies, which tend to be of human-level intelligence or slightly below average, flesh golems don't usually have any intelligence to speak of -- despite being made of human beings they are essentially robots only capable of obeying simple commands.

And that's if it's even capable of moving on its own. It may be a mass of human bodies fused together without any specific shape or form -- and every single member of it tends to be [[FateWorseThanDeath alive]] [[AndIMustScream and conscious]]. This version, possibly inspired by Bosch's paintings, is a recurring theme in ReligiousHorror: the lustful are fused together, resembling some kind of a twisted orgy.

A popular type of {{golem}}, it can also be a HybridMonster if its parts belong to living beings of different species. See also TheWormThatWalks for creatures made of live insects. See also MixAndMatchCritters, MixAndMatchMan, and BioPunk.

SubTrope of BodyOfBodies.


[[folder:Anime & manga]]
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'' mostly features plain Frankenstein's monsters (including the main characters) and MixAndMatchCritters, but various flavours of flesh golems appear as well.
* [[spoiler:Envy's]] true form in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is all of the bodies of the people whose souls were used to make it, fused together.
* The Nurarihyon arc of the ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' manga features one made from naked women, because it's Gantz. Naturally, [[spoiler:one of the rival team members tries to have sex with it and ends up losing several body parts for his trouble. Because it's Gantz.]]

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''
** The game's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1734 version of]] FrankensteinsMonster is virtually this, since the concept behind the card is that the creature is being stitched together from any number of various creatures from your graveyard, not necessarily humans.
** The Stitcher Creatures from Innistrad and Sutured Zombie are all classic Flesh Golems, taking a few pages from Frankenstein's Monster. There's also the Horror Token generated by Phyrexian Rebirth. The card itself is a field wipe that destroys all creatures, and it then generates a token based on how many creatures were destroyed, implying the Glistening Oil fused them all into one horrific mass, then gave it sentience.
** Innistrad's skaaberen are blue-aligned [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]] who consider the creation of Flesh Golems (here called skaabs) to be an art form. The most prominent of the lot is Geralf, who finds himself at odds with his twin sister Gisa, a {{Necromancer}} who merely revels in raising lots and lots of ghouls without much care to what happens to them. Not that he's a good guy; not by any stretch of the imagination. He merely deplores her heedlessness, while ''she'' considers him a wet blanket.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Harvest, a monstrous amalgamation of the bodies of past experiments of Poison Ivy, that came after Ivy in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, sending her begging to the Dark Knight for protection.
* Adner Cadaver, a villain of ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon'', is an ancient sorcerer who sewed various cadaver parts together in order to have a body. One such incident saw him sewing dead superhumans together (along with the title character's severed arm), creating a massively powerful body.
* The Spider-Man baddie Digger was a zombie comprised of thirteen different bodies fused and reanimated by gamma bombs.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', some of the members of the FlyingDutchman's crew don't fuse to each other as much as they all fuse into the ship, but the concept is similar.
* The titular monster from ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'' plays this for full BodyHorror. A MadDoctor sews up three people mouth-to-anus in order to create a single creature with one digestive tract, all while his victims are [[AndIMustScream fully aware of their condition]] and able to see, hear, feel -- and [[{{Squick}} taste]] -- everything.
* ''Film/BasketCase2'' ends with Duane sewing Belial to his side to make the ConjoinedTwins once more.

* The mimics from ''Literature/DragonsOfRequiem''. All of them are revolting amalgamations composed of human and/or animal body parts that have been stitched together and reanimated.
* The Ferali from ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'' fit somewhere between this and being an [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abomination]] being magically-crafted monsters comprised of the flesh of those sacrificed to create them as well as those they consume with their many feeding mouths. [[spoiler:They're also [[NightmareFuel Nightmare Fuel]] as those who are consumed have their personalities remain somewhere within the whole leading to an [[AndIMustScream And I Must Scream]] moment and arguably a [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] towards the end of the series.]]
* Necromancers create such creatures in ''Literature/TheRadiantDawn''. They are massive and powerful, each one created from piles of flesh and bones fused together with magic. Unlike regular zombies, it takes more than bullets -- usually Dawn's magic-draining sword that renders them inanimate, but massive caliber weapons such as cannons and railguns prove effective as well.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Morbius in "The Brain of Morbius" is made into one of these.
** The Absorbaloff from "Love and Monsters" is made up of the people it absorbs.
** Auntie and Uncle from "The Doctor's Wife" [[spoiler:are made up of parts of dead Time Lords.]]

[[folder:Tabletop games]]
* Various flesh golems of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', although the most basic ones are inspired by FrankensteinsMonster.
* In addition to the classic Flesh version, ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' also has the Carrion Golem. The primary difference being the Carrion Golem's parts don't necessarily need to belong to the same ''species''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has both living and undead versions, in the form of the Skaven Hell Pit Abomination (based on the body of a giant underground worm) and the Vampire Counts' Abyssal Terror (based on anything the necromancers have to hand). Some chaos spawn also end up like this.
* Dark Eldar Grotesques and pain engines from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are this, usually with both biological and mechanical parts.
** The Tyranids are another example. They do act out of hunger, but they don't "eat" as much as process everything organic they encounter into biomass and then make new spawn out of it, thus making it so pretty much every single tyranid is a flesh golem.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' gives us the Vozhdt, a ''T. rex''-sized mountain of ghouls all merged into a single, horrifying creature with the power of [[BodyHorror vissicitude]]. The Tzimisce use them as siege weapons against the Camarilla, and the mere sight of one is said to be able to drive its victims mad with fear.

[[folder:Video games]]
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights:'' [[ExpansionPack ''Hordes of the Underdark'']], being D&D-bssed, featured a Frankenstein-like flesh golem. Further into the Underdark, the Golem Master subquest featured an island-scale war between loyal flesh golems and rebelling metal golems. The leader of flesh golem faction is made of ''daemonic'' flesh.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate I'' & II has Flesh Golems, particularly II.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''
** Abominations are behemoths created by the Scourge from the body parts of their enemies. The Forsaken (the playable race in ''World of Warcraft'') had taken to making them as well.
** The Scourge also introduced other examples. Plague-dogs are similar to abominations, only fashioned from animal parts. Flesh beasts are an improved form of Abomination. The most disturbing example is Thaddius, a golem created from the flesh of women and children, with their souls trapped in the body. Their screams for help can be heard throughout Naxxramas until he is killed.
* The Harvesters in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series. Bonus points for them having been originally created in an attempt to rediscover the lost secret of making regular stone/metal golems.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Soul Reaver'' has Melchiah, a vampire who was resurrected using the very smallest part of his master's soul, leaving him with many of his human vulnerabilities such as bodily decay. To combat this, he would have to absorb his own underlings into him, until you eventually find him in the game as a giant undulating mass of humanoid corpses, using the hands of lesser vampires as fingers.
* Not explained particularly well in ''VideoGame/TheThing2002'', but some of the creatures, particularly the 150-foot tall monstrosity, greatly exceed a human in mass, thus implying they are made of several humans processed into pure biomass and fused together.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''
** Butchers are demons created by grafting together the severed bodyparts of other demons, intended to possess the other demons' strengths with none of their limitations.
** ''Videogame/DiabloII'' has blood golems, vaguely human-like flesh creatures created by necromancers.
** ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has the Unburied, massive undeads that rise from mass graves.
* ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'' has flesh golems as a body magic spell. Units may be sacrificed using the "graft flesh" spell to add their abilities to the flesh golem.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' has these as a standard enemy. [[TakenForGranite Stoning]] them turns them into the much more dangerous stone golems. Conversely, casting Stone to Flesh on a stone golem will turn them into one of these.
* Brigade from ''VideoGame/MarvelNemesisRiseOfTheImperfects'' is made up of parts of one-hundred different blacks ops soldiers who died after being accidentally exposed to an experimental nerve agent. The platoon's leader, Rick Landau, is in control most of the time, but occasionally one of the other soldiers' minds tries to take over, which can make Brigade spaz out mid-fight for a few seconds.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'' features two forms of flesh golems. While the "Sumerian Puppet" is almost certainly non-sentient and (as the name implies) only moves according to Enlil pulling its strings, the "Corpses Behemoth" consist of hundreds of humans merged together into one giant monstrosity with a single mind.
* Pudge in ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' (his [[VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients original]] model is the same as the trope image). Undying has the ultimate ability named exactly Flesh Golem, which transforms him into a buffed up version of himself, but the form he takes on does not fall under this trope.
* A recurring boss in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is Legion, a tentacled monster that surrounds itself with a round "shell" of zombies.
* The EliteMooks Scions and Praetorians in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' are composed of three and thirty technologically reanimated dead bodies, respectively. ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' gives us the Cannibals, which are composed of a Batarian and a human corpse grafted together, and the Brutes, who have a turian head attached to a krogan body.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has something of an example in the protagonist, Alex Mercer. Despite his [[HumanoidAbomination human appearance]], he's actually just a human-shaped blob of biomass infected with an extremely powerful [[TheVirus bio-engineered virus]]. Most of said biomass is from the [[ImAHumanitarian people he consumes.]]
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' has several examples. ''[[VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming Homecoming]]'' features everything from "Siam" (big male and small female with fused backs) to the "Centipede" boss.
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', the Flesh Golem is one of the troops associated with Ghulvania; three limbs, one-and-a-half heads, and surplus mouths.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' features the lustful mass of bodies in a way of the Valley of Lust, as well as a creature that is, essentially, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot humongous spiked dickzilla made of fused furries]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' is an AlternateHistory story in which Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley discovered the secrets of creating Frankenstein-like creatures called "Stitched" instead of becoming a writer, and a century later the Stitched are a common sight that has replaced a lot of unskilled labor.
* A series called Ark Warriors by ''WebOriginal/{{Qem95}}'' has season 1 and 2 based about a team trying to stop either an evil king or a ghostly cult from summoning one of these.
** However, the cult is not revealed to be a ghost and instead is a thousandth of the golem he's trying to summon.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' there is a creature who haunts the mountain called Scuzzlebutt, which has Patrick Duffy for a leg.
* Alpha from ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' somehow fused himself with a number of still-living alien monsters.
* The cluster mutants from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are made from multiple broken [[StarfishAlien gem]] {{Heart Drive}}s merged together. [[SelfConstructedBeing Their projected forms]] are conjoined masses of limbs and other features.
* Princess Monster Wife from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.

[[folder:Real life]]
* The recipients of things like skin grafts and organ transplants could be considered examples, albeit much less horrific and much more helpful than a standard flesh golem. This is a borderline example, however, as the parts are grafted on in a way that minimizes things like ugly scarring. The general idea (cutting parts out of one body and placing them in another) is there, though.