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->''But human flesh was too frail, too paltry to hold the terrific essence that was Khosatral Khel. So he stood up in the shape and aspect of a man, but his flesh was not flesh; nor the bone, bone; nor blood, blood. He became a blasphemy against all nature, for he caused to live and think and act a basic substance that before had never known the pulse and stir of animate being.''
-->-- '''Creator/RobertEHoward''', ''[[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian The Devil in Iron]]''

Every once in a while, [[EldritchAbomination twisted things from beyond the fringes of humanity's consciousness]] will show up in forms that for all intents and purposes look like good old ''H. sapiens''.

Though its appearance is sometimes passable as human, it is still clearly... not quite. In a few cases [[WasOnceAMan they actually were human until they went beyond the pale]], but most likely, what you're seeing is actually a disguise or misperception for [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm something you're really better off not seeing]], or even the [[HalfHumanHybrid progeny]] or [[ArtificialHuman creation]] of something even worse. Even those that are very clever in human terms will have difficulty not setting off [[UncannyValley instinctive alarms in the human subconscious]]. Less subtle abominations will do their job too well and seem [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace impossibly beautiful]], while the even less subtle will distort their human form with twisted limbs or malformed features or other such monstrosities.

Despite its appearance, they will very likely also not think in terms human reason can readily grasp, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality and will often lack anything resembling a recognizable or conventional moral code.]] At best, they will be comparable to TheFairFolk. Nor will they conform to the expected laws of nature - or magic, in such settings - so expect {{Lovecraftian Superpower}}s and other unspeakable traits.

Subtrope of EldritchAbomination, and sister trope of AnimalisticAbomination. Compare and contrast MonstrousHumanoid, where the creature can only be inhuman in that it has some clear and defined monstrous aspect, while remaining a humanoid. Not to be confused with HumansAreCthulhu.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Kuyou Suou / Suou Kuyou (the proper order is purposefully left unknown). While the other [[StarfishAliens Humanoid Interfaces]] are weird, Kuyou is described by the narration as simply ''wrong''. Her ordinary movements like walking seem to defy the laws of physics in inexplicable ways, and her words and motivations are even less comprehensible than the others. Kyon is terrified to simply be in her presence.
* Guu in ''Anime/HareGuu'' is a rare protagonist Humanoid Abomination. The first episode alone reveals her stomach is a PocketDimension and that she can swallow things alive!
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', many of the Great Old Ones take humanoid shapes but are regarded as something inhuman and spiritually beyond the realms of human comprehension. The primary example is probably Asura, the incarnation of madness, whose presence causes hallucinations and reality to go wibbly-wobbly. [[spoiler:Lord Death]] is a more benign example, and [[spoiler: Death the Kid looks and acts entirely human to the point that it is a [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness a very bad sign]] when he denounces his connection to humanity (and [[OmnicidalManiac life itself]]) in favour of his decidedly inhuman heritage.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** [[OurGodsAreDifferent Truth]], guardian of the GateOfTruth, and implied to be a manifestation of the Gate itself. It's only an [[TheBlank outline of a human form]], with a [[SlasherSmile creepy sneering grin]] and occasionally filled in with the body parts it takes from the people visiting it.
** [[BigBad Father]] looks like a normal middle aged man. He is in fact a living Philosopher's Stone made from ''hundreds of thousands of people'', giving him unprecedented power. Then he reveals that his body is just a puppet, and his real body [[spoiler:is spread all across Amestris]]. ''Then'' he [[spoiler:fuses with the Gate of Truth]] and becomes something even worse.
** Most of the [[ArtificialHuman Homunculi]] can easily pass for human, but their [[OneWingedAngel true forms]] show them to be almost as nasty as Father. Special mention goes to Pride (a colossal shadowy mass of [[CombatTentacles tentacles]], [[EyesDoNotBelongThere eyes]], and [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily teeth]]) and Gluttony ([[spoiler:a "defective" Gate of Truth]]).
** Van Hohenheim is the Philosopher's Stone given form of a man, just like Father. Fortunately, he's one of the good guys and managed to reach an understanding with the souls within him, resulting in a partnership of sort.
* The title character of ''Manga/{{Tomie}}'' might just look like an improbably beautiful teenage girl at first glance, but on closer inspection it's in an [[UncannyValley abnormally creepy way]] which [[RedRightHand underscores that she is NOT truly human]]. Unfortunately, by the time men figure ''that'' out, they're usually infatuated/obsessed with her and [[DrivenToMadness well on their way to complete insanity]]. Women who find this out are less affected, but have a hard time convincing anyone, as those not already completely fascinated by the new beauty in town usually ascribe it to mere jealousy. And don't get started on her [[FromASingleCell regeneration]] or how things [[RealityWarper always seem go in her favor even when they possibly couldn't]].
* The eponymous character of ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' falls more under this than [[OurVampiresAreDifferent traditional vampire origins.]] She's explicitly of the same breed as the much less humanoid {{Eldritch Abomination}}s she hunts, and is tasked with sending them all back to their original dimension.
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'': Rosiel and Sandalphon may qualify. Rosiel has an [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]], [[TheCorruption slowly rotting]] OrganicTechnology body that's made of tentacles and {{Squick}} (said rot has been [[MindRape Mind Raping]] him ''since before his birth'').
* In ''Manga/ApocalypseNoToride'' (Fortress of The Apocalypse) the four juvenile delinquents escape from prison (which has been overrun with zombies) into the city and encounter a giant mountain of rotting zombies controlled by an androgynous naked man on the top, using the zombies like a grotesque throne. When Maeda catches its attention, said naked man (who was about a half-mile away) uses the zombies to [[TheWormThatWalks move like a hideous organism]] at lightning speed, until it's only a foot in front of the terrified youth. A close-up reveals that it has [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sharingan]]-like eyes, [[http://mangafox.me/manga/apocalypse_no_toride/v02/c004/24.html with three smaller eyes inhabiting each of its pupils]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has [[spoiler:Rei]] and [[spoiler:Kaworu]], each of whom is the soul (or part of a soul) of an Angel jammed into a soulless clone body, and are even more powerful and just as incomprehensible as the "regular" Angels.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has [[spoiler:Ronnie Schiatto]], an ancient and incomprehensibly powerful "demon" who decided to take human form and become a gangster [[ItAmusedMe for the lulz]]. While he's usually content to just sit back and be the AllPowerfulBystander, sometimes he likes to switch his Lovecraftian terror aura on while still in human form - it does wonders for negotiations.
-->If he had just been a simple mafioso, those gathered there would not have felt such an alien sense of awe. The aura rolling off of him was that of innumerable things mixed chaotically together... of something that was not human.
* Gessho Kuki, aka The Shadow, and BigBad of ''Manga/KagerouNostalgia'' may look like a man (albeit one who is deep into the UncannyValley) but is not, and never was, human. He's eventually revealed as a mass of evil magic left behind by previous BigBad King Haku, and trapped in the form of a man. When he loses his temper he goes OneWingedAngel, changing into a billowing mass of magic that keeps only his human form's eyes.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has [[OneWingedAngel Awakened]] [[BigBad Priscilla]], a nightmare that makes ''other nightmares'' crap their pants and required a different Abomination to perform a FusionDance to temporarily seal her away, yet most of the time either looks like a human woman or a humanoid creature with jagged wings and a single horn. Her power so vastly outclasses the other Awakened Beings that she has been called a PhysicalGod, but she is disinterested with the conflict between the Claymores and the Organization, her primary motivations being eating everything she comes across and hunting down Clare.
%%* In ''Manga/AnimalLand'', [[spoiler:the [[ArtificialHuman artificially created Human shaped Chimeras]] can pass off as regular humans in appearance until they start doing their BodyHorror transformations.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** In episode 12 [[spoiler:Madoka [[CosmicRetcon rewrites the universe]] and inserts herself as a fundamental force that sees and rules over everything, The Law of Cycles saving all Magical Girls from despair]], but aside from SupernaturalGoldEyes and RapunzelHair she looks the same as she did before.
** Played with in ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'', [[spoiler:where the main character is a [[EldritchAbomination witch]] that's been [[HumanityEnsues returned to humanoid form]]]]. Though she's friendly and even cute for most of the series, as she discovers more about her origins, she starts to fall back into old habits.
** Technically, all [[spoiler:magical girls]]. Their apparent bodies are just soulless shells that they pilot via remote control, their witch form being the true expression of their bodies and power.
** The ending of ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' has [[spoiler:Homulily]] [[BishonenLine transform into]] [[spoiler:[[SatanicArchetype Akuma Homura]], who ''usurps Madoka'' and performs her own cosmic rewrite, trapping everyone in a GildedCage universe of her own creation]], but again aside from an EvilCostumeSwitch, [[GoodWingsEvilWings black feathery wings]], and EyeColourChange (and terrifying {{Slasher Smile}}s) she still ''looks'' normal. And for that matter, [[spoiler:Homulily herself, who spends most of the movie in the form of Homura. Not even ''she'' knows she's an abomination until she reverts into the witch form!]]
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard looks like just an "ordinary" vampire. It turns out he's actually something far, far more horrific, being at the very least a HiveMind of ''millions'' of undead souls, all slaved to a single once-human mind. He freely shifts through the most horrific forms at will, with his "true form" being essentially a city-swallowing ocean of blood with wailing human and animal corpses rising half-formed from its depths and potentially becoming an independent army. [[spoiler: In the finale he goes even further, killing off his undead army to become a walking, talking quantum anomaly.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, the mother of the legendary Sage of Six Paths. Where she came from and whether she was human to begin with is unknown, but she had horns, the Byakugan, a ThirdEye combining the Rinnegan and Sharingan, [[spoiler:and considers herself the progenitor of chakra, which she possesses an unfathomable amount of]]. She was both worshipped as a goddess and feared as a demon due to her overwhelming power, [[spoiler:and her means of bringing "peace" to the world involved using the [[LotusEaterMachine Infinite Tsukuyomi]] on people and then turning them into [[PlantPerson Zetsus]]. When she saw her sons had inherited her power and were teaching others to use it, she assimilated the [[WorldTree Shinju]] transformed into EldritchAbomination to get it back.]]
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'':
** In the manga, the final form of [[EldritchAbomination Chaos]] that [[spoiler:destroys the galaxy in the far future...is a Senshi: Sailor Chaos]].
** In both anime and manga, Death Phantom and Queen Nehellenia, thanks to their immense power. Double points in the manga, as they're actually [[spoiler:avatars of Chaos]].
** In the anime, Beryl once she fuses with Queen Metallia.
** In the manga the Sailor Senshi themselves have shades of this. They may look like normal girls or women, but in their final forms they are just as powerful as the avatars of Chaos, and at least one (Sailor Venus) warps minds with her mere presence (people who may have some feelings for each other are suddenly drawn together when they befriend her), and not only ''she can't shut it off'' (and in fact is irritated by the sheer number of possible boyfriends she lost this way), she ''doesn't know'' she's doing it.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' has entities called Chains, which can form contracts with humans and will eventually consume them. They run the gamut from this trope to AnimalisticAbomination to all-out EldritchAbomination, and many of them used to be humans and animals that fell into [[EldritchLocation the Abyss]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': In a long list of over-powered heroes and villains, Majin Buu is a [[TimeAbyss incalculably ancient]] entity of destruction that eats the populations of whole cities, casually explodes planets, and tears down dimensions by ''shouting'', shaped like a pint-sized human with bubblegum-pink skin and a tentacle growing out of his head. He can become even more powerful (and conversely, weaker) by [[TheAssimilator assimilating others]], gaining their powers and personalities.
* The Pillar Men from ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' Part II are horrifyingly powerful LongLived [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampiric superbeings]] who are borderline {{Physical God}}s [[TheAssimilator that absorb flesh on mere contact]] [[BodyHorror and distort their bodies in ways that are utterly impossible for humans]]. They also turn to stone when exposed to sunlight. The only thing that can really hurt or kill them is the Ripple, and even then it has to be strong enough to penetrate their incredibly tough skin first. Yet aside from horns that are usually hidden by their headgear, the Pillar Men look almost exactly like humans. The Rock Humans from Part 8 also count.
* It's never actually revealed ''what'' Kazuo Umezu's Orochi is, but human isn't even in the running, despite her looking like a young teen girl. She can make things happen by pointing, use her blood and life force to do things like animate inanimate objects (though the one time we see her try, it goes wrong), can come back from being pulverized to a puddle of blood by a speeding train after a few years with a weakening of her powers being the only way she's worse for wear, and more.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[AGodAmI Doctor Manhattan]] of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' fame shows signs of becoming this over the course of the story due to his growing detachment from, well, everything. He ultimately embraces humanity, sort of, but not his own. At best you could say he recognizes the value of humanity. What he actually does is [[spoiler: to go off to a galaxy far, far away to play God.]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'': The Shade looks and acts human enough (though some artists do portray him with a certain pallor), but his [[CastingAShadow powers]] are taken straight from the fabric of a dimension holding a godlike EldritchAbomination and have essentially become one with him, making him ageless, virtually unkillable, and terrifyingly powerful. Thankfully for us, he's generally a fairly nice guy (not a hero by any means, but definitely not an outright villain either) and is perfectly willing to leave you be... that is, unless you [[BerserkButton attempt to attack Opal City]]. In the Comicbook/{{New 52}}, the Shade was selected to receive his powers by the Celtic goddess Scathach for reasons he doesn't divulge, but still remains ageless, nigh-unkillable, and astonishingly powerful.
* Golden Age public domain superhero Stardust The Super Wizard is an unintentional one. Imagine a character with the [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] power of Dr. Manhattan as mentioned above combined with the black and white worldview and the "creative" mind of his "colleague" Rorschach and you have Stardust.
* [[RealityWarper Mad Jim Jaspers]] of ''Comicbook/CaptainBritain'' crosses into this realm thanks to his abilities being strong enough to make him nigh-omnipotent, with it being heavily implied that he exists partially in a metaphysical realm, as well. He's so powerful that ''his entire continuity'' had to be destroyed to prevent it from becoming infectious and warping reality in other continuities. Earth-616 also has Jaspers, and he's even more powerful. It took the Fury, an invincible, infinitely adaptable killing machine that the original Jaspers created and that escaped from the destroyed continuity, to bring the 616 Jaspers down. It transported him to a reality-free area to deprive him of fuel for his abilities. The resulting toll on the Fury was so great that it was put down without much difficulty by Captain UK.
* ComicBook/{{Galactus}} looks like a big man with a NiceHat. In reality, he's a CosmicEntity [[PlanetEater that devours entire worlds]], who happens to be the reincarnation of the survivor of the previous universe. He only looks human because [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm it's how people]] [[AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder see him.]]
** His [[CosmicEntity brethren]]: while they look humanoid, they're embodiments of the most fundamental forces of reality and most of them look pretty strange. [[TimeAbyss Eternity]] looks like a robed man version of [[CelestialBody the entire universe]], [[SpaceMaster Infinity]] is a female figure with yellow-black skin and lines across her body and while [[PowerOfTheVoid Oblivion]] may look relatively normal he's the CosmicEntity in charge of that which has been ''[[RetGone wiped out of existence.]]'' Thankfully, [[TheGodsMustBeLazy they almost never interfere.]]
** [[OmnicidalManiac Abraxas]] looks like a human with green skin who wears a toga, and he makes Galactus seem positively cuddly in comparison. Indeed, one of the reasons Galactus even ''exists'' is to keep Abraxas in check. Abraxas is the opposite of Eternity, making Abraxas the ultimate embodiment of unfettered destruction in the Marvel multiverse. Abraxas is fully willing and capable of killing entire universes, and the only way to get rid of him other than by reviving Galactus is to destroy all reality.
* Several of the enemies of ComicBook/DoctorStrange, the most notable ones being Dread Dormammu, who looks like a humanoid with constantly burning head, and his sister, Umar the Unrelenting, who looks like a beautiful human woman. They are actually Faltine, a race of pure {{energy beings}}, and have power to rival Abstracts. Umar's daughter, Clea, is half-Faltine, yet looks like a human woman, only with unusually white hair. Strange also faces various gods, like [[GodOfEvil Cthon]] (who looks like a hideous old man) and DemonLordsAndArchdevils, like Mephisto (who looks like a human with unnaturally red skin).
* Xadhoom from ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' seems to be just a FlyingBrick among many examples. However, she is also functionally a sun in humanoid form, and even ''that'' is without factoring in: (A) Her appearance (alien to both humans and [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Xerbians]]); (B) Her occasional displays of LovecraftianSuperpower shapeshifting; (C) And the fact that she inflicts what amounts to a CosmicHorrorStory on the Evronians through most of the first series.
* The Endless from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' are seven entities older and more powerful than gods who generally shift into AFormYouAreComfortableWith when around humans or other entities. [[spoiler:Their parents Time and Night]] introduced in ''Comicbook/TheSandmanOverture'' also fit the bill.
* Nimble Jack from the Creator/{{Dark Horse|Comics}} comic ''Colder'' looks like a rail-thin, grinning, wide-eyed man missing a front tooth who's [[DoesNotLikeShoes always shoeless]], but he's actually an entity from a [[DarkWorld dark reflection of reality]] called "the Hungry World" who feeds on insanity, delights in [[DrivenToSuicide driving to suicide]] vulnerable people to feed just before/at the moment of death, and has many freaky powers and abilities, such as inhuman agility and flexibility, being usually InvisibleToNormals, and the ability to hide almost anywhere (like inside his own reflection in a rearview mirror, or in ''the digestive tract of a random hobo''), and popping out of said hiding place in the most disturbing ways possible ([[ChestBurster the hobo doesn't survive]]). And pretty much everything he says concerns him feeding - humans are just walking, talking menu items to him. Also, several other monstrous "things" from the Hungry World either obey him or fear him enough that they'll leave alone someone identified as one of his prospective meals, including [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever some very BIG ones]].

* Psyko, the warped EvilCounterpart to Sleepwalker in ''FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker'', was originally human before he was exposed to a wave of perverted demonic energy from the Mindscape. It completely fried the brains of every other human in the area, but he simply absorbed it and turned into a humanoid... ''thing'' with bone-white skin, a skull-like face, bone-like spikes growing out of his body, insane glowing eyes, and teeth as long as a man's finger.
* Gravemoss, already an AxCrazy Really700YearsOld {{Necromancer}}, in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' seems to be progressing from EvilAlbino to this, something really not helped by the ArtifactOfDoom he's got hold of. And as one of his allies notes, there's something in his eyes...
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Rei looks a mostly normal teen girl (even if a tad weird and emotionless), but in reality she is a piece of the soul of an ancient alien goddess stuck inside Shinji's mother's cloned body. The main characters found about it when she [[spoiler:slammed Gendo with her A T Field.]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Rei, in this fic, is far more than just a mere clone.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': In the backstory Rei [[spoiler:absorbed the bodies of two {{Eldritch Abomination}}s: Adam and Lilith.]] After doing that, she should look like a planet-sized, glowing, white-haired and white-skinned version of herself, but she prefers to keep looking human to stay with her family. However, people come across her think that she is weird and even eerie.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': After [[spoiler:their ascension to godhood the New ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Chaos Gods]]'']] have a myriad of shapes, most of them incomprehensible to human eyes, but they don their old human selves when they want to interact with their followers, mingle with humans or go unnoticed. People paying attention, though, feel something scary and predatory about them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fics:
** Yuuka Kazami in ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'' is horrifically powerful, inspires petrifying dread by her very presence, not even Yukari knows what the hell she is (and notes that [[RealityWarper her powers]] are disturbingly ineffective against her), and even with [[spoiler:the Shadow Youkai]] running around and causing a mess of everything nearly everyone treats her as the bigger threat. Later events reveal [[spoiler:she's actually an Outer God, straight out of Lovecraft.]]
** ''FanFic/MaidensIllusionaryFuneral'' depicts Yukari Yakumo as an unstoppable juggernaut who is really a nightmarish mass of darkness and eyes masquerading in the form of a human woman. Glimpses of this are seen throughout her battles as she gets her GameFace on, but she only drops the illusion when Youki bisects her; [[OhCrap his reaction]] is most appropriate.
* Joseph Regent, protagonist of ''FanFic/SonOfTheWarp'', is more or less one of these, given that he's the [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human son]] of [[EldritchAbomination Tzeentch]].
* Naruto/Sunny in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3227295/1/Dancing-with-Demons Dancing With Demons]]'' is either this or past the BishounenLine depending on who's dealing with him. Most women and many children find his hair ornaments, flawless skin, and blonde hair "beautiful". Most ninja find his red eyes, unnatural stillness, and carnivorous diet ([[IAmAHumanitarian humans if he can manage it]]) highly disturbing.
* Played with relentlessly in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/17566/chapters/22548 Only Human]]'', a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' AU where Q never regained his powers in "Deja Qu". Q makes a poor human and it becomes clear that [[ClarkesThirdLaw Q's powers were simply advanced technology]] and his reasoning is comprehensible by humans if they know where he's coming from. Except Q is still an alien in human form and his prior existence is still so alien it is only expressible by analogy. His expectations and reactions don't make sense without that history.
* Whilst already strange to pony eyes, the human in ''FanFic/{{Millennium}}'' has clearly stepped beyond the point of actual humanity, being a nightmarish force instead.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''FanFic/GManMeetsTheMysteryMan'', which features [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a meeting between two creepy humanoid abominations from very different sources]].
* Played with and then played straight in ''FanFic/TheBridge''. Like equine Equestria, when kaiju crossover to the "Equestria Girls" realm they also change. For most, they do keep some of their powers, SuperStrength, and SuperToughness; but are still recognizably human. [[TheHeavy Enjin]] however, is a being composed entirely of dark energy. The result of it crossing over can best be described as an animate, solid shadow.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Harvesters in ''Film/TheDeathsOfIanStone'' are an odd case. They're [[PhysicalGod essentially the gods of their setting]], and it's stated they made TheMultiverse just to farm humans for their [[EmotionEater tasty, tasty fear]]. Their power over their surroundings is difficult to overstate, and their natures seem incomprehensible to humans--but their ''motivations'' are [[HorrorHunger instantly recognizable to any junkie]], and they can be as petty and flawed as any human. [[spoiler:Two of them prove they can be as noble, too, and even [[InterspeciesRomance as loving]].]]
* From the ''Film/{{Phantasm}}'' franchise, The Tall Man is perhaps one of the best known examples of this on film. He looks like an old man in a suit, albeit an intimidating one, but is really implied to be some horrible otherdimensional conciousness wearing the form of a man named Jebadaiah Morningstar like a meat suit. He bleeds a yellowish fluid when injured and his fingers have been known to turn into hideous bug-things when severed. He is hideously strong, controls an army of deadly silver spheres, and even has some RealityWarper powers. He has a nasty agenda that involves killing people and turning them into twisted dwarfish slaves to use in another dimension.
* {{Satan}} in motion pictures will often take the form of a man (or, more rarely, a woman), only to eventually reveal himself as something either grotesque or freakishly primeval.
** In ''Film/EndOfDays'', he is in human form (and speaks English) for most of the story, then manifests himself as a malevolent shock wave in [[BloodStainedGlassWindows the big cathedral showdown]].
** In ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'', he appears most often as John Milton, a hotshot New York lawyer; however, his fingers can vaporize holy water in a sort of inversion of HolyBurnsEvil, he survives getting shot several times in the chest, and [[spoiler: in the film's fiery climax we finally see his true form...though only for a split-second, since [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm it is so ugly that most people could not bear to look at it]]. Not much later, he assumes his other form as a FallenAngel]].
* Similarly, [[TheGrimReaper Death]] in motion pictures.
** Death in ''Film/TheSeventhSeal'' appears as a tall, pale-skinned man in black robes.
** In ''Film/TheDoors'', Death stalks Jim Morrison throughout much of his life, usually taking the form of [[MagicalNativeAmerican a Navajo Indian medicine man]].
* Dr. Pretorius in Stuart Gordon's ''Film/FromBeyond''. It's pretty clear when we see him [[CameBackWrong after his first "death"]] that the only things still remotely human about him are his sexual deviancy and his face.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Lucy}}'' starts out completely human but is injected with a FantasticDrug that [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain lets her access 100% of her brain capacity]]. First she starts off as an emotionless ActionGirl {{Badass}}. However, as she accesses more of her brain capacity she becomes ''incredibly'' powerful and gradually enters RealityWarper status. [[spoiler:By the end, she's an amoral god-like entity of unfathomable power, and finally she leaves her human form behind to become a Yog-Sothoth {{Expy}} by entwining herself with the very fabric of existence.]]
* The Find the Fish Guy from ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''.
* In ''Film/SixSouls'' there are two:
** [[spoiler: The Granny: a seemingly immortal witch who sees through the eyes of a [[TheVoiceless mute]] [[CreepyChild creepy child]], who can move peoples' souls in and out of their bodies at will, and who seems to possess a very [[BlueAndOrangeMorality incomprehensible and inhuman set of morals.]]]]
** [[spoiler: The Reverend: a [[TheSoulless soulless]] undead revenant cursed to [[WalkingTheEarth walk the earth]] forever, consuming the souls of others as atheistic as he was in life.]]

* While most of the Darklords of Helgedad in ''Literature/LoneWolf'' have humanoid proportions, Darklord Haakon is the best example. The ''Legends of Lone Wolf'' novel ''Claws of Helgedad'' reveals that Haakon has the face of a young human man. [[RedRightHand He also has unnaturally long skinny fingers]] and a powerfully muscled physique. A physique that is very easy to see since he has ''[[BodyHorror translucent skin]]'' from the neck down. Despite the physical similarities to humans, Haakon is an embodiment of pure evil just like the other Darklords.

* Franchise/CthulhuMythos:
** Nyarlathotep, the messenger and soul of the Outer Gods. He doesn't seem to have an actual body (being a sentient representation of the will of the Outer Gods), but he can manifest in the physical world using {{Projected Avatar}}s. He seems to prefer manifesting in a form that is indistinguishable from a human. Mainly because he's a {{Chessmaster}} [[ManipulativeBastard who enjoys manipulating people]], and that's rather difficult to do if you manifest as a skyscraper-sized betentacled monstrosity. In his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyarlathotep_(short_story) debut title]], Nyarlathotep appears to be a normal human in appearance. It's [[BrownNote his performance that drives people mad]]. In "The Dreams in the Witch House", he manifests as a mostly human figure that is heavily implied to have hooves. It is highly suggested that sometimes he manifests in a form that is so alien to the creature viewing it that it goes insane, and that each one of his forms can do that to some creature, which means that somewhere in the universe there is/are being(s) who see [[HumansAreCthulhu humans as so alien that they cannot view one without going into gibbering madness]].
** [[HalfHumanHybrid Wilbur Whateley]] from ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror'', who wanted to bring daddy [[EldritchAbomination Yog-Sothoth]] and his pals [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to our neck of the woods]].
** Hastur [[SpeakOfTheDevil the Unspeakable]]'s most recognisable avatar, the King in Yellow. His mask? It's NotAMask...
* Helen Vaughan from Creator/ArthurMachen's ''Literature/TheGreatGodPan'' was the inspiration for Lovecraft's [[Literature/TheDunwichHorror Wilbur Whateley]] and may well have been the [[UrExample first]] Humanoid Abomination in modern literature. She is the daughter of an EldritchAbomination who seduces men into partaking of her unknown horrors, driving them to madness and suicide.
-->"Everyone who saw her at the police court said she was at once the most beautiful woman and the most repulsive they had ever set eyes on. I have spoken to a man who saw her, and I assure you he positively shuddered as he tried to describe the woman, but he couldn't tell why."
* Modern CthulhuMythos author Creator/WHPugmire has dedicated many stories to Nyarlathotep. His own original creation is Selene, who is related to Nyarlathotep and appears as a woman with near-black skin and flowing red hair. She's closer to the FairFolk in her portrayal but eventually departs to sit with her "Elder Sibling beside the entropic throne of Ultimate Disorder."
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** Thousands of years before the classic saga, there was the Sith Emperor, introduced in ''Literature/{{Revan}}'' and the BigBad of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. He attained immortality through a ritual that drained life essences on an even larger scale than Palpatine later pulled off, draining every last bit of life on an entire planet to the point that TheForce itself ceased to exist within the planet's atmosphere. Though his body's shape was still humanoid afterward, nothing else about him was. Even other Sith Lords, who by their nature see no problem with mass murder, [[EvenEvilHasStandards were horrified when they learned about how he became immortal]]. And his intention was to go even further, because his immortality wasn't perfect enough. He was immune to natural death, but could still theoretically be killed by violence. So his plan was to create a larger-scale version of the original ritual that would drain the life of ''[[ApocalypseHow everything in the universe]]'', which would have effectively resulted in him ''[[AGodAmI becoming the Force]]''.
** ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' has Abeloth, a former human woman who more than a hundred thousand years before the movies ended up on a planet occupied by the immortal Ones, the Father, the Son, and the Daughter. She became the Servant, but was then accepted as the Mother because she was able to control the rivalry between the Son, who represented the Dark Side, and the Daughter, who represented the Light Side. She was still mortal though, and as she aged her ability to control the Son and Daughter's rivalry diminished and she feared the loss of her family, so she tried to obtain immortality by drinking from the Font of Power as the son had and bathing in the Pool of Knowledge as the daughter had. She achieved her goal of near-immortality, but because she was a mortal and not a divine being like the ones, her body and mind became twisted beyond recognition. The Father built the Maw Installation to imprison the Mother on that planet, and she was soon became the Dark Side entity known as Abeloth. She possessed Dark Side abilities that no others possessed, inflicting paranoia on Force-sensitives and drawing them to her, who would drain then their life energy and consume them. She would then create avatars of them, which she would use to disguise herself and hide her true hideous appearance.
* Angels in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', which are near-EnergyBeings that look like architecture but that humans see as WingedHumanoid in shape.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', everyone expects the Things From The Dungeon Dimensions to come storming into our reality with tentacles waving, but all they need is one mind. And when Rincewind looks into [[spoiler: Trymon]]'s eyes, it's every bit as horrific as anything involving tentacles and AlienGeometries.
** ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'' introduces the Cunning Man, the shade of a fanatic witch-hunter who was so obsessed he went on even after eventually having no body. He appears as a man in black with empty holes for eyes (no, not empty eye sockets, HOLES, you can see through them) and InvisibleToNormals; to those who can perceive it, he also appears to exude a terrible stench, though rather than an actual physical stench this is their mind's perception of the corruption in his. He can use mirrors, pictures and the like to enter the world, and can possess the bodies of others. To hammer home how utterly ''wrong'' he is, it should be noted that, in Discworld, the eyes always show a person's true nature. Even the gods can change anything about their appearance except their eyes. Now the Cunning Man has ''nothing there'', as in seeing into the front and out the back of his head.
* Creator/StephenKing:
** Randall Flagg, especially in ''Literature/TheStand'', and to a lesser extent in the other books where he is the BigBad or TheDragon. In ''The Stand'' one character claims that Flagg is actually Legion, the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] demon horde that Jesus cast into a herd of pigs, and Flagg claims to be [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] himself.
** The Crimson King ends up looking almost like a human too when he's finally encountered in the end. Well, it's no worse a form than [[NightmareRetardant the big fish]].
** The favourite form of the eponymous EldritchAbomination in ''Literature/{{It}}'' is a MonsterClown called Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
* The Beast, AKA [[spoiler:Martin Chatwin]] from ''Literature/TheMagicians'' is mistaken for an EldritchAbomination at first, but during the climactic battle, his EvilGloating reveals [[spoiler: that, as a boy, he escaped into the fringes of the Fillory world and accepted the darker magic of its inhabitants wholeheartedly, transforming him into a god-level power.]] The result is [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8f9c4lcXT1qgvf15o1_1280.jpg not pretty]]
* The Clockmaker, from Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/ThePrefect''. Can assume any shape, but its default form resembles a stretched out human form, spindly and quicksilver. Enjoys wanton slaughter and leaving intricately designed clocks and trinkets around... which may or may not be [[BodyHorror Body Horror-inducing]] booby traps.
* [[spoiler:Angleton, AKA the Eater of Souls]] in Creator/CharlesStross' ''TheLaundrySeries'' is eventually revealed to be this. Subverted in that he's undeniably one of the good guys, even if he ''lives'' in the UncannyValley and therefore frightens the hell out of his subordinates. [[spoiler:What happened was that he was summoned and bound in the 1930s, taught to pass for human, and eventually HumanityEnsues. Strangely, it's implied that he believes in decency and fairness more than the people around him--he's not averse to pulling a few strings for Bob and Mo's sake.]]
** Ramona Random is an example of the "impossibly beautiful" sort; while her glamour makes her appear to be your standard spy-movie bombshell, she is in fact [[spoiler:half Deep One and in the process of transforming into a FishPerson. By the latest installment, she is confined to a SuperWheelchair when operating on land due to the progress of her transformation]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** The Lords of the Outer Night in [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the Red Court]]. Some [[EldritchAbomination Outsiders]] can also take humanoid form, such as "Sharkface" in ''Literature/ColdDays''.
** The two Faerie Queens, Mab and Titania, are unfathomable even by [[TheFairFolk fae standards]]. Mab is described as being [[AnthropomorphicPersonification winter itself]]. Their very existence has effects on world -- if Seelie a were bit weaker than Unseelie, Mab's existence would cover earth in eternal Ice Age. Titania's existence would result in chaotic nature and more of life on Earth -- and viruses aren't except from it. When two of them decide to fight, the planet is covered by apocalyptic storms. It is mentioned that Faerie wars already killed off all life on planet few times, and it had to be restarted from scratch. When Harry looks at them with Sight [[spoiler:they manifest as pure power and raw elemental forces, gigantic pillars and stars of magic, causing Harry extreme pain. Later we learn that Queens are just vessels for their mantles, indestructible elemental powers old as universe that in time destroy the host's personality and remake it into specific archetype.]]
** The Faerie "mothers" are an order of ''magnitude'' more powerful than the queens. [[spoiler:They control destiny and nature, are invulnerable and able to destroy fey's greatest bane, iron -- Mother Winter's teeth are iron -- and are omniscient, implied to be able to see alternate universes.]]
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Comparatively minor examples, the Myrddraal are born among the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Trollocs]], a throwback to the Trollocs' human heritage, but warped by the BlackMagic that created them. They resemble eerily pale, graceful humans except that they have [[EyelessFace smooth skin where eyes should be]] and have a number of bizarre abilities that cannot be explained by the series' main magic system. They're also absolutely devoid of emotion except for cold-blooded sadism and are all completely identical in terms of appearance and personality. Even human villains who encounter them are prone to remark on how unnatural they are.
** Shaidar Haran, a Myrddraal that acts as the Dark One's avatar, and later an incubator of sorts.
** Padan Fain, who starts out as human, but through a convoluted series of misfortunes, becomes the living embodiment of another evil power, possibly as bad as the Dark One.
* [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar]] from ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''. They look human but they're impossibly strong, [[FlashStep able to move faster than the human eye can perceive]], don't bleed when you cut them, have ExtremeOmnivore tendencies [[ImAHumanitarian which extend to humans]], [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld have been alive for centuries]], and are pure evil. Door even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope when Richard calls them men.
-->"I suppose you could call them men, yes. Two legs, two arms, a head each."
* The [[BigBad Endlords]] from ''Literature/SwordOfShadows'' look like tall humans in dark armor, but it's made ''quite'' plain that they are in fact cosmic forces of destruction which have been compressed into this shape, and are utterly inimical to life as we know it.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', Man in Suit is a humanoid man in a suit who's so blank his features are impossible to describe, and his influence can cause you to kill yourself or try to kill those around you. [[spoiler:This is because he's the living idea of hopelessness]].
* In ''Literature/BloodMeridian'' the Judge is [[ImpliedTrope implied]] to be more than he seems, but exactly ''what'' is something ManWasNotMeantToKnow. He never sleeps, he never ages, he proclaims [[GodIsEvil war itself to be God]], he wants nothing less than absolute power over the Earth and all life upon it, and upon finding him waiting for them in the desert, every member of the Glanton gang believes they have met him before.
* Iruoch in the second novel of the ''Literature/WiddershinsAdventures'' trilogy is an [[TheFairFolk evil faerie]] who has a base resemblance to a man - although it's repeatedly emphasized how creepy and unnatural he looks - has [[ChildEater a taste for human children]], eight unnaturally long spider-like fingers that he can use to lift himself up and walk on, and a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking physics-defying hat and coat]]. He's also accompanied by an invisible chorus of ghostly children.
* [[GooGooGodlike Anthony Fremont]] in ''Literature/ItsAGoodLife''. While his appearance isn't fully described, he has PurpleEyes, is sometimes described as a goblin, has an "odd shadow," and was strange-looking enough that the obstetrician who delivered him freaked out and tried to kill him. There's also the matter of his RealityWarper abilities, which allow him to do essentially anything he likes. Despite this, his mind is the same as that of any other three-year-old. That's hardly any comfort to the residents of his home town of Peaksville, who are forced to pretend that everything is good lest they be [[FateWorseThanDeath turned into something horrible and sent to the cornfield]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** The Others, although it's a bit hard to tell what their deal actually ''is'', as they can also cross into TheFairFolk, AnIcePerson and {{Necromancer}} territories depending on what angle you're looking at them from. Their looks are humanoid, but you'd ''never'' mistake them for human, except from a distance.
** The Children of the Forest might be more benign (we think) and the classically small-style elfin to look at, especially given their links with trees and the natural world. But, they're as much like TheFairFolk as the Others are, if less overtly Dark Powers-y. Given their link to possible blood-sacrifice in the past and their decidedly non-human points of view and, well... Don't get too comfy.
** Melisandre looks human enough and claims to have been an ordinary woman before becoming a priestess of R'hllor. There's still something [[UncannyValley off]] about her that unnerves most people. She's also TheNeedless and wields truly disturbing BloodMagic.
** [[TheGrimReaper The Stranger]] of the Seven. The rest of the Seven are fairly typical human-based archetypes, so are pretty "normal". For gods. Then this one pitches up: hooded-and-cloaked with an indistinct face that might or might not be a mask and generally... odd. Unsexed (although generally referred to as "he"), possibly a skeleton or something only vaguely human, regarded as TheVoiceless, without a verse in a song about the Seven: there's a lot off about "him". Appropriate for the Faith of the Seven's incarnation of Death and the unknown
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'':
** The Four Horse- er, [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Bikers of the Apocalypse]] are not so much {{Reality Warper}}s as reality hurriedly gets out of their way. Violence spontaneously breaks out around War, things waste away in Famine's presence, people included, and Pollution is so toxic a supernatural crown is tarnished black the instant he touches it. They're described as {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil that are always in the minds of humans]], and as the apocalypse draws near their nature pushes through to the point that they develop "ill-fitting bodies" (Pollution ''oozes'', and War has a voice like a machine gun). [[/folder]]

[[folder: DEATH ]]
, meanwhile, simply is, and always has been, "created to be creation's shadow".
-->"When did you get here?"\\
** TheAntichrist a.k.a. The Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, [[OverlyLongName Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness]] a.k.a. Adam Young, an eleven-year old child with power such that he makes angels, demons, even the Four look like incompetent children. He unconsciously, drastically alters the world even before realising what he is, and forces the assembled hordes of heaven and hell to simply go home. After all, anything with the power to ''start'' the apocalypse by necessity has the power to ''[[AntiAntiChrist stop]]'' it.
* ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'' has Aberrations, which are created by removing the soul of an unborn child[[note]]One with both copies of the reaper gene, so fortunately it's pretty hard to find a suitable one[[/note]] and replacing it with that of a [[TheGrimReaper reaper]]. The result can [[CastingAShadow wield solid shadows]], BodySurf, use one secondary power, and become stronger by [[YourSoulIsMine consuming souls]], which they do by killing people with that secondary ability. All of them are very bloodthirsty; as Roman puts it, they're always looking for entertainment, and are most entertained by killing people.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Illyria's original form was a massive tentacled creature; she's an Old One, a shout-out to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos. But since she's stolen [[spoiler:Winifred Burkle]]'s body, we mostly see her looking like a blue version of her.
** Jasmine. The most we could get from her true form was a shadowed mass of tentacles, and she's mentioned by her abandoned demon followers as the "Blessed Devourer." Those who are immune to her mind-control charms don't see her as a beautiful woman but a corpse filled with maggots, and her true name cannot be pronounced by human words (Angel needed a stitched up demon follower because it was the only thing capable of saying her name and breaking the spell).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had one of these as its Season Five BigBad. Glorificus, aka Glory, was an exiled hellgod that was reduced to using a hapless human host as a timeshare. Whenever Glory takes control of its (male) host, it looks like a [[GenderBender glamorous woman]]. Even in this form Glory is a NighInvulnerable [[SuperStrength superstrong]] menace that can rob people of their sanity and ''eat it''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The [[HumanAliens Time Lords]] at the end of the Second War in Heaven and the Last Great Time War have continued to regenerate into forms that are ideal for waging chronological war - in the first case, war against what [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm can only be approximately described as]] a sapient timeline. Guess what this implies for ''ordinary'' Time Lords?
*** Some parts of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse (Dave Stone's books, specifically) suggest that the Doctor we know is a guise adopted by an EldritchAbomination. Lawrence Miles' ''Literature/FactionParadox'' series plays with this idea a lot, too.
*** "The Pandorica Opens" has the thing the Pandorica was designed to hold: "A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world." [[spoiler:It's the Doctor.]]
*** TheMaster, after he CameBackWrong in "The End of Time," is essentially TheAntichrist and his return is heralded by portentous psychic nightmares that afflict every human being on Earth.
** Also in the Expanded Universe, [[PhysicalGod humanoid TARDISes]]... it's mentioned as being especially creepy when they open to take on passengers.
** The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker Celestial Toymaker]], in the original series serial of the same name, resembles a middle-aged white man dressed in Mandarin robes who engages in silly, over-sized versions of board games and toys. He however controls his own universe and has vast powers over time and space. In one Expanded Universe novel, he is depicted more horribly and is outright stated to be using the powers of the Great Old Ones.
** The Moment is one of the more understated ones and yet probably the most powerful in the series. Never mind that it's a weapon with the ability to destroy worlds, and a piece of mechanics complex enough to develop a consciousness - throughout its only appearance it repeatedly and calmly punches holes in the Time Lock around the Time War. This is the same barrier that's strong enough to (mostly) seamlessly contain the full might of the Daleks, Time Lords, and every other Eldritch Abomination they brought with them. For most of its appearance it [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith takes the form of]] Rose Tyler. "No, hang on... ''Bad Wolf''".
** Bad Wolf herself. After absorbing the heart of the TARDIS in "The Parting of the Ways" Rose saw '''everything''', in all possible timelines, and possessed enough power to disintegrate an entire Dalek ''fleet'' with a thought. However it only lasted a few minutes, human bodies not capable of containing that amount of power, and the Doctor had to perform another HeroicSacrifice to save her. And yet, in those few minutes, she didn't just erase the Daleks, and spread the mysterious messages seen throughout the season, and make Jack Harkness immortal, but we ''keep'' running into the words "bad wolf" that mark Rose's fingerprints as she altered reality in the past, present, and future to protect her friends and the universe.
** The Fendahl in "Image of the Fendahl" is an ageless deathless HiveMind that seeks to absorb all LifeEnergy in the universe, and is so terrifying even looking upon it causes its victims to be rendered immobile with fear. The Fendahl Core appears as a gold-skinned human woman.
** Sutekh, Fenric, [[{{Satan}} the Beast]], the creature on Midnight, and the Great Intelligence all manifested in human bodies (''stolen'' human bodies) during their appearances. The Eternals also manifested in human bodies, but not in stolen ones.
** Zagreus, the personification of [[MindScrew Anti-Time]] from BigFinishDoctorWho. When the Eighth Doctor is infected by Anti-Time he becomes psychotic and takes Zagreus' name.
* BOB from ''TwinPeaks'' is this--Humanoid on the outside, Abomination within.
* ''Series/{{LOST}}'' gives us the Man in Black, a post-human entity who takes the appearance of deceased individuals when not being a cloud of black smoke.
* PlayedForLaughs with Kenneth in ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Oddly, he combines this with being ThePollyanna. See his first words, said the day he was born.
--> Momma, I am not a person. My body's just a flesh vessel for an immortal being whose name, if you heard it, [[BrownNote you would lose your mind.]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Angels' celestial forms are completely incomprehensible to humans, and variously described as "multi-dimensional wavelengths of celestial intent" and the size of the Chrysler building. Whenever they appear in their true forms, all that is seen is a blinding light that engulfs the entire area, a booming deafening sound that are apparently their voices, everything in the vicinity getting destroyed due to their awesome presence, and are so much of a BrownNote that any humans nearby have their eyes burn out of their sockets and die. To manifest on Earth they use human vessels, which are purely intended as AFormYouAreComfortableWith.
** The Leviathans of Season 7 and a bit of Season 8 are called "The Old Ones", [[spoiler:primordial creatures from the sea that became able to possess other creatures and survive on the land. Leviathans pre-date the creation of Humans, Angels, and even the soul itself. They also pre-date any being with a soul, such as almost all forms of monsters, including demons. The only being said to pre-date or to have come into creation alongside of them is Death himself. They were so powerful that God sealed them away in Purgatory, because he felt they threatened to consume the whole of creation]]. Ironically, according to ''Supernatural'' it was a benevolent Leviathan (rare as that is) who inspired the stories of H.P Lovecraft.
** Eve, the "Mother of All", can disable angel powers, see and hear everything her children do, and custom-build monsters (including hybrids like Jefferson Starships). She's the creator of all of the Purgatory residents above except for Leviathans. [[spoiler:The boys had to time travel to find something to kill her, but that probably just sent her to Purgatory, and we know she can get out again.]]
** '''Death'''. Initially introduced as one of the Four HorsemenOfTheApocalypse, he reveals when Dean meets him that while this is true, he didn't join voluntarily nor was he created for the purpose (implication being that the other three are one of the two), but was bound by Lucifer. [[spoiler:He then gives Dean his ring-the key to defeating Lucifer]] because he considers it an insult to be bound by someone as far beneath him as Lucifer is. In the same conversation, he reveals that he [[TheFogOfAges can't remember]] if he's as old as {{God}} or ''older'', and that he will [[KillTheGod kill God]] in the end. Before he appeared, his scythe was introduced and shown to be capable of killing reapers, something supposedly impossible. "Appointment In Samarra" heavily implies that he's TheOmniscient, though he seemed surprised in a later episode that [[spoiler:Sam and Dean wanted him to kill Castiel]] so how exactly this works is unclear. In "Meet The New Boss", when Bobby protests that they can only [[spoiler:open the door to Purgatory]] during a solar eclipse, Death calmly replies that he'll just make one.
** The end of Season 10 introduces the Darkness, an UltimateEvil that God [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] before the dawn of creation [[spoiler: and which is later revealed to be God's ''sister'']]. After its release, it incarnates as a newborn girl named Amara, but begins feeding on the souls of people nearby, causing her to rapidly age as she gains power. A mere six episodes into Season 11, she's reached young adulthood, and is already powerful enough to utterly [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp]] Crowley, the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority self-appointed]] King of Hell. It's implied that when she reaches adulthood, she'll be strong enough for a rematch with God, and stand a decent chance of winning.
* The Creator/{{ITV}} horror series ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'' has two Humanoid Abominations as the '''protagonists'''. They're entities somehow created to sort out temporal paradoxes and attempts by worse {{Eldritch Abomination}}s to use them to invade the universe.

* In Luca Turilli's ''Prophet of the Last Eclipse'' this seems to be the case with those touched by the Black Portal. They appear perfectly human, but demons (which can literally never die and may very well be true [[EldritchAbomination abominations]] in their own right) are instinctively terrified of them. [[spoiler: And spilling the blood of one can result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
* Imaginos, the central figure of the Music/BlueOysterCult album of the same name. Admittedly, prior to being 'recruited' by [[EldritchAbomination Les Invisibles]] he was more humanoid since he apparently thought of himself as human despite being a psychic shapeshifter, but afterwards he became more of a abomination and is downright gleeful about it.
* MarilynManson's concept album ''Antichrist Superstar'' has, well, the Antichrist Superstar, the reality-destroying result of The Worm becoming fed up with his sycophantic followers. While his appearance was unknown, the finished-but-unreleased video for Antichrist Superstar was leaked almost a decade later, which does show him in this form. If the Grim Reaper had sex with a fallen angel and they somehow had a kid, it would be an apt description.
* Creator/DavidBowie meets one of these in "The Width of a Circle."
-->And I looked and frowned, for the monster was me!

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* [[http://www.profilingtheunexplained.com/cryptozoology/the_grinning_man.html The Grinning Man]], [[Literature/TheMothmanProphecies the Moth Man]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springheeled_Jack Springheeled Jack]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owlman the Cornish Owlman]], [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/1997-06-05/news/myths-over-miami/ La Llorona]], [[http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2011/04/black-eyed-kids-insidious-threat-or-myth-in-the-making Black-Eyed Kids]]; quite a lot of urban myths or cryptid sightings run on this trope. Many of these things might result from encounters with [[OminousOwl owls]], specially barn owls, which they frequently resemble with the massive eyes and wing-like arms. Owls themselves, much like some other birds, do look vaguely humanoid, being erect bipeds, which is part of why they're frequently considered unnerving.
* Nyx, personification of Night from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Usually represented as a beautiful female human, yet a quick look at her children - most of which [[TrulySingleParent she gave birth to by herself alone]] - should tell you what kind of being she really is. Even ''Zeus'' [[TheDreaded fears her]].
* Cú Chulainn, the young hero of the Ulster Cycle of Myth/CelticMythology, particularly of the ''Literature/TainBoCuailnge''. Though he is portrayed as being as {{Bishonen}} as a teenaged Irish [[FieryRedhead ginger]] can be, he is a descendant of either the [[TheFairFolk Tuatha Dé Danann]] Lugh or the Fomorians, a monstrous race from the mythic prehistory era of Ireland. Though he is heroic and stalwart, and generally perceived as a good guy, his defining mystical characteristic is his ability to transform into various disfigured superpowered abominations through the use of his warp-spasm. After [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry he transforms]], he becomes a [[TheBerserker berserker]] that slaughters anything in his path, friend and foe alike. Even ''out'' of his warp spasm, he is described in the '' Táin'' as having MulticoloredHair, four multicolored dimples in each cheek, seven pupils in each eye, and seven clawed fingers and toes on each hand/foot.
* Some of the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] in Literature/TheBible and Literature/TheQuran. It is clear that some angels like [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]] can appear as humanoid, but their real forms are at best highly confusing and at worst mind-numbingly horrifying. And only some bother to appear as humanoid anyway, as many don't even bother to disguise their real forms. Daniel saw an angel that was invisible to everyone else, carried with it an aura of fear, had a glowing face (like lightning) and eyes of flame, and a body carved from gemstones. The angel of the Lord itself is described as a man who was "terrifying to look at" by Samson's mother and when Samson's father asked its name he replied "You wouldn't understand if I told you." (despite this, apocryphal works call him Metatron which basically means "less than four the letter word" - Tetragrammaton, a title for God). Depending on how you translate the phrase "living creatures" in the Book of Ezekiel, it might imply that most angels aren't technically alive, and according to one interpretation a lot of the angels mentioned early on in the Bible (especially in B'reshit/Genesis) are in essence the will of {{God}} made manifest in temporary human form. So while they're described as men in the text, they really really aren't.
* Most if not all examples of TheFairFolk. To be expected, since "eldritch" originally meant "elven".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Atropals from Epic-level [=DnD=], the stillborn fetuses of Gods, also capable of shedding smaller Atropal Scions. Unsurprisingly, they are as terrifying, powerful and hideous as the description suggests.
** Daelkyr from ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', high-level outsiders from the plane of madness. Notable in that they looked like this when they invaded the main continent ages prior, before humans had ever set foot there. When human explorers did arrive, later, they created a panic among the demihuman populace due to the resemblance. Keith Baker, creator of ''Eberron'', was once asked why daelkyr looked so much like humans. [[WordOfGod His response]] was that the real question is why do ''humans'' look so much like ''daelkyr''...
** The Lady of Pain from the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting. Beyond her vaguely humanoid appearance (a ten foot floating humanoid in a robe with no visible feet and a frozen female face surrounded by a crown of blades), nobody knows anything about what or who she is, save that anyone who disrupts Sigil's day-to-day life or directly interacts with her in any way tend to get FlayedAlive on the spot. Inside of Sigil she is essentially omnipotent and not even gods can set foot there if she doesn't want them there.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has "the Other," the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Astral Aeon]] of the [[CosmicHorrorStory Abyss]], who is said to look simply like an unassuming, shrunken, slightly odd old man, who nevertheless has something indescribably ''off'' with everything about him.
** Each of the [[TheFairFolk True Fae]] from ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' has a humanoid Mask that they can wear when they appear on Earth. These masks can be beautiful or hideous, but usually within the realm of human expectation... except for the one element that's just ''[[GlamourFailure wrong]]''.
** When the Changelings' Wyrd stat (basic supernatural power) hits 6, they manifest a certain... oddity in their Mask, which humans rationalise away but are still capable of seeing. [[spoiler:The latter may become the former, given enough Wyrd and [[KarmaMeter not enough Clarity]]. Turning humans into changelings is how the True Fae ''reproduce''. Have fun with your DoomedProtagonist.]]
** This is what most mages think of [[TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression geniuses]] -- bizarre cosmic intelligences of unknown motivation and origins who simply ''look'' human. In the case of the Illuminated, they may well be right. The "inverted Geniuses" known as Clockstoppers may also be examples -- one of the most powerful is described as being more a force of nature than a man.
* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' has the Onceborn of ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'', effectively dead gods in service of the necrotic force known as Oblivion. Unlike their cohorts, the [[EldritchAbomination Neverborn]], they were human at one point... but they were such bastards in life, they plummeted right into becoming [[TheHeartless Spectres]] upon death, and then ascended to the ranks of horrible divinity.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** The [[EldritchAbomination Yozis]] and their [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils various]] [[OurSoulsAreDifferent souls]] can appear in any number of bizarre, logic-defying forms, including [[BloodyBowelsOfHell entire living worlds]]... or they can appear as inhumanly attractive humanoid beings with a few thematic characteristics here and there. They can also do both at the same time -- all demons above the First Circle have the ability to manifest in multiple locations at once. The Primordials Gaia and Autochthon are just as eldritch, except they haven't been mutilated and imprisoned in Hell. Gaia's most familiar form is a beautiful humanoid goddess who hangs out in Heaven.
** TheFairFolk are even more monstrous and alien in this setting than is standard for that trope -- they come from what is essentially an alien universe characterized by having ''no'' laws of physics, they have no actual personalities or motives, and they can only exist in Creation by eating human souls. Yet, as far as appearance goes, many of the Raksha nobles are inhuman only in their extreme beauty. It helps attract prey, you see.
** According to [[WordOfGod Word of Sol]], the Green Sun Princes to a degree, having taken the Yozi nature into their once-human souls, and are gradually evolving into Yozi-like beings.
** In a way, ''all of the Exalted''. Human beings were never meant to receive power in the manner of the Exalted, and elder Exalts tend to have viewpoints that are [[BlueAndOrangeMorality rather skewed]] for one reason or another. They can also be [[TheBeautifulElite impossibly beautiful.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Immortal God Emperor of Mankind. Long ago, all of Earth's mages, psykers, and mystics decided that humanity needed a champion to lead them. They committed mass suicide and all of them were reincarnated as one being: the Emperor. Anyone who had the misfortune to make psychic contact with him and got a glimpse of what lay beneath the surface, such as John Grammaticus (a powerful psyker in his own right), would be left in a state of total awe and terror -- mostly terror. After he was put on life support he spent ten thousand years receiving worship from untold quadrillions of humans across the galaxy -- in a setting strongly influenced by ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve.
** Horus became one of these at the end of the Horus Heresy, with '''all four''' of [[GodOfEvil the Chaos gods]] using him as a vessel of their power at once. The battle between him and the Emperor left him dead and the Emperor mortally wounded.
** Ezekyle Abaddon, AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Abaddon the Despoiler]], Warmaster of [[TheLegionsOfHell Chaos]], the only being in the galaxy who can get all the Chaos gods to ([[StatusQuoIsGod temporarily]]) halt their perpetual EnemyCivilWar and unite under one banner, and the only one with his own mark of chaos other than those of the gods themselves. By all rights he should have [[OneWingedAngel ascended]] to [[PhysicalGod Daemonhood]] ages ago, but he retains his mortal form out of sheer will, because rampaging in the material realm is too much fun.
* Aberrant-bloodline sorcerers in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' eventually become these. Then there are the incredibly creepy [[LightIsNotGood Shining Children of Thassilon]].
* The Excrucians in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' generally manifest as creepily pretty humans as part of their [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace "always beautiful"]] shtick. ''[[OmnicidalManiac This does not make them good]]'', and no matter how [[AffablyEvil human]] an Excrucian seems, they are still invaders from the PrimordialChaos outside reality. To be fair, they do have one bit of GlamourFailure - [[BlackEyesOfEvil their eyes appear as the night sky]], and the [[GlowingEyesOfDoom stars]] are falling.
* Over in ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'', there's [[spoiler:the Best Friend]] and Billy Sovereign, who have ties to the Actuals of ''Nobilis''. Billy is a pure example, but [[spoiler:the Best Friend]] has actually gained a soul, which the Actuals are usually incapable of doing. ''Chuubo's'' also has Excrucians, under the name Riders, but they don't have as much world-ending horrible doom power, and all of them are at least to a degree playable out of the corebook.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': While most pre-Mending planeswalkers were at the very least potential recruits, the post-Mending setting has given us Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver - a planeswalker who is gradually transcending humanity and becoming something else. The fact that the top of... ''its'' head is in fact black fog is what we call a "warning sign" in these parts.

* Agonistes from the ''[[Toys/CliveBarkersTorturedSouls Tortured Souls]]'' line, who appears as a tall, powerfully-built man dressed in black leather and chains, his face horribly scarred and mutilated into a permanent SlasherSmile (if that [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} sounds familiar]], it should - the toy line was created by Creator/CliveBarker). Hand-made by an insane God on the seventh day of Creation, he answers the prayers of those who seek revenge on their enemies, [[BodyHorror remaking their bodies]] and transforming them into [[NightmareFuel living weapons]]. While he isn't malicious (he only transforms people who come to him willingly), he's still [[BlueAndOrangeMorality beyond human morality]] - all he cares about is the "art" he can create with his supplicants.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', the endermen are three-meter high, black-skinned humans that can teleport and are the only creatures, other than the player, that can move blocks.
* Most ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' {{Big Bad}}s pass through this at ''some'' stage of their life cycle. They almost all pass ''out'' of it later when powering up, advancing to more conventional abominations, of course, but the intermediate stages still qualify.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]] is actually an aggregate of evil souls trapped in a tree, but spends most of the game as a humanoid suit of armor. How he managed to fit a classic EldritchAbomination appearance like his into a suit of armor small and human enough to deceive people isn't known, but he ''is'' [[AWizardDidIt a wizard]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Jenova]] is a [[EldritchAbomination planet-eating alien parasite]] with the in-series nickname "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Calamity from the Skies]]", but in all of its appearances barring boss fights it takes the form of either a naked female entity with grey skin, white hair, and a whole lot of BodyHorror issues, or that of the [[BigBad main antagonist]] Sephiroth, who himself was [[HalfHumanHybrid infused with Jenova's cells as a fetus]] and later [[HijackingCthulhu merges with it]] and [[AGodIAm attempts to become its successor]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia]] managed to ''destroy time itself'' but still exists quite comfortably and is a Sorceress, something not quite human but looking the same, until the final boss fight; she loses the "humanoid" part when she shifts from "break the universe" mode into "break the skulls of the impudent mortals before me" mode.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Yu Yevon]] was once human, but turned into a jellyfish-summon-disease-''thing'' using the only powers available to him ''as'' a human and instead simply wears an actual EldritchAbomination as a suit of armour. He counted back in the day when he made the first Sin, though, and might have counted longer depending. We don't really know the how or why of his current blobby appearance, so it might have been a gradual thing.
*** Yunalesca, appearing as an attractive woman in [[ChainmailBikini impractical clothes]] until the real fight begins, yet simultaneously being an Unsent who has gone on that way a ''lot'' longer than any of the fiends you encounter under normal conditions.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Vayne Solidor]] started out as an ordinary Hume, [[IKnowKarate albeit one who knew kung fu]]. Then the godlike Occuria Venat, out of gratitude for Vayne's help in fulfilling her EvilPlan, merged with him so that he would not face death alone. This fusion became The Undying, a humanoid monstrosity with pieces of Vayne's sky fortress attached to it that gave it the appearance of a mecha-angel.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Organization XIII from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Like the rest of their [[TheSoulless Nobody]] brethren, their semi-existence is so unnatural, so deeply ''wrong'' that even [[TheDarkSide the darkness]] rejects them. ''Unlike'' the others, however, they look exactly like humans with odd powers, but in reality are just stretchy rag dolls. Mention is made that the ranked Organization members could be "demoted" to regular Nobodies. [[spoiler:And oddly enough, being a Nobody is only a temporary affliction. Who knew that ''souls'' can regenerate?]]
*** The regular Nobodies, the aforementioned "stretchy rag dolls", have a sufficiently humanoid appearance to warrant this trope as well.
** Then there's [[spoiler: Xion]], who is an honorary member of Organization XIII despite actually being [[spoiler: a [[CloningBlues Replica]]]], not a Nobody.
** The prequel [[spoiler:has Vanitas, a being made from another character's Darkness and is the original Unversed and origin of every Unversed you fight in the game]].
** While in most cases, Heartless become [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever larger]] and more [[EldritchAbomination monstrous]] the more powerful they are, in the case of people with the mightiest of Darkness in their Hearts who become Heartless, [[BishounenLine they retain their original form and mind]]. So far, only [[BigBad Xehanort]], possibly Shan Yu, and [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] have managed this.[[note]]Though this makes the latter more of an AnimalisticAbomination.[[/note]]
*** A few of the Pureblood Heartless take on a humanoid form, including the [[EliteMooks Neoshadows]], [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Darkside]], and all permutations of [[MirrorBoss Anti-Sora]].
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
** Alice, the recurring ElegantGothicLolita, looks so human she has been often mistaken for an innocent, normal girl. She's actually something ''far'' worse than the series' standard Fiends and Undead. In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', her Racial Skill is ''Unearthly Form''.
** Lucifer often disguises himself in a humanoid form to converse with the hero. In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' his true form is a bald, gangly humanoid, contrasting with his 'corrupted seraph' appearances prior.
** All four ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' games have Igor, who barring the [[GagNose colossal nose]] looks for the most part like a rather [[{{Gonk}} ugly]] human being. In actuality, he is a powerful entity that presides over the Velvet Room, a mysterious place "between dream and reality, mind and matter". Even more fitting are his servants from ''3'' and ''4'', the Velvet Room Siblings Elizabeth, Theodore, and Margaret, looking perfectly human with their yellow eyes being the only hint of their [[PhysicalGod brain-breaking true natures]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' has [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlatothep]] taking the form of Jun's father in ''Innocent Sin'', and of Tatsuya himself in ''Eternal Punishment''.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the Death Arcana is revealed to have somewhat unwittingly taken on a human form: [[spoiler:firstly the CreepyChild Pharos, who then transforms himself and unknowingly becomes your new classmate Ryoji Mochizuki.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'' has several. Certainly there's Nuurag-Vaarn, the Chaos Archmage, who is the penultimate BossFight for the normal ending. He appears as a withered old man whose eyes are holes radiating such unbearable light of power you can barely catch a glimpse of the tentacles writhing in them. (Well, actually he appears as a "@" but this is what the description says.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Heretic}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'':
** ''Heretic'': Aside from the fact that [[TheFaceless we never see his face]], or body for that matter, there's nothing visibly inhuman about D'Sparil's appearance, even though he's a demon that slipped in through a hole in the walls of the cosmos from the outside. He makes up for this by riding a humanoid serpent with an appropriately eldritch appearance.
** The Heresiarch from ''Hexen'', a near-unique boss creature, is an immensely powerful magic-using humanoid creature of some sort. Most of its appearance is hidden inside its robes, like D'Sparil's, but claws and a tail can be seen at the bottom. It's a leader of the cult of the Serpent Riders, but there isn't really much of an indication what it actually is, aside from something eldritch and unnatural.
* Lavos from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. At its core, beyond all its protective layers, it resembles nothing more than a (comparatively) small humanoid alien astronaut. That is also [[BishonenLine its most hideously powerful form]], whose mere presence distorts time and space. [[spoiler:And it's not even Lavos's real body anyways.]]
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', we have Kassadin and Malzahar. Both have been touched by the Void, an extradimensional space where Lovecraftian creatures lurk. Both wield Void magics, but with very different goals. Whether anything human actually remains of them is debatable.
* The G-Man of ''VideoGame/HalfLife''... [[EpilepticTrees Maybe]]. To be certain, he's dead center in the [[UncannyValley unnerving category]], has scarily thorough, though unknown amounts of knowledge of the protagonist and events, and displays powers that are magnitudes beyond anything else in the series (it required a veritable ''army of Vortigaunts'' working together in an ambush just to stall him, and even that didn't last long). And he says he reports to a higher power. There's a good reason a lot of fans compare him to Nyarlathotep.
* As of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara 3'', Oichi is, if not one outright, at least on her way to becoming one. She's been robbed of the last shred of her sanity, seeing the world through a bizarre, alien dream logic, and is simultaneously the master and puppet of the dark powers she showed in the previous game. [[spoiler:She gets better in some of her endings.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has [[spoiler:[[TheManBehindTheMan Forrest Kaysen]]]], who is revealed to be a dimension-warping abomination. He certainly isn't as indestructible as the average Humanoid Abomination though, as [[spoiler:Francis Zach Morgan is able to dismissively murder the son of a bitch with a well placed bullet to the brain.]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', we have Literature/{{Dracula}} himself. Far more than just a vampire, he is revealed in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Dawn of Sorrow]]'' to be a ''fundamental force of the universe'' necessary for maintaining the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, and his role is literally to be the opposite of '''{{God}}'''.
* In ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' there is [[spoiler:Jagger]], who appears to be human, but as the manuscript says is completely alien in all ways besides appearance, [[spoiler:and even then it's a full EldritchAbomination [[LivingBodysuit using a human body as a disguise]]]]. In the sequel, there's Mr. Scratch, who exists as a spawn of the darkness and takes the form of Alan himself.
* The Outer Space Beings from the ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment'' series are from outside the universe as we know it, have strange and immense powers, have blood that can grant people special powers, are implied to be the source of many of the bizarre lifeforms found in the series... and ''can'' look perfectly human. The [[AllThereInTheManual fluff]] reveals they can look like anything they want. And [[spoiler:Achi]], BigBad of the first game, shapeshifts into a ''planet'' for the final boss fight.
* ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'' has the Outsider, an... ''entity'' that seems to have existed throughout the whole of recorded history - and before. You'd mistake him for a handsome young man in plain clothing were it not for his totally black eyeballs, his tendency to be wreathed in shadow, and that he seems to enjoy hovering a foot or so off the ground. His hobbies include speaking with polite bemusement about mortal affairs, entering people's dreams to inspire bizarre inventions, branding those he deems "interesting" with his mark to grant them really weird powers, being alternately worshipped as a god and vilified as a Satanic figure, and hanging out in a realm called The Void which may or may not be slowly consuming reality as its inhabitants know it. Anecdotal evidence suggests that he may be using AFormYouAreComfortableWith, and he's actually a SpaceWhale... which in the Dishonored universe, means he's pretty Lovecraftian in his appearance (though far from GoMadFromTheRevelation levels). [[spoiler:The game's creators revealed that the Outsider [[WasOnceAMan was originally an outcast teenage boy]] before a ritual merged him with the Void, making him its avatar.]]
* Nightmare from the ''SoulSeries'', specifically his incarnation in ''Soul Calibur III'' and ''Soul Calibur IV'', in which he is an [[AnimatedArmor empty suit of armour]] animated by the will of a [[{{BFS}} BFS]]-turned-EldritchAbomination called [[EvilWeapon Soul Edge]], which seeks to devour all life in existence - and is described in ''IV'' as having become an extension of the sword itself. His other appearances are a result of [[TransformationOfThePossessed Soul Edge possessing and corrupting the humans who pick it up]].
* ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', depending on the AlternateEnding you pick. It helps that the thing's on the very edge between this and a full-blown [[EldritchAbomination eldritch]] in appearance, and that from your perspective, it had you fooled the entire time.
* [[EvilKnockoff Dark Samus]], the main antagonist of the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' trilogy, resembles a black, biomechanical version of Samus Aran. "[[NoBiologicalSex She]]" began as the titular Metroid Prime, a Metroid mutated by prolonged exposure to [[ToxicPhlebotinum Phazon]] and prophesied by the Chozo as [[PlanetEater the Worm]]. Following Metroid Prime's defeat at the hands of Samus, it merged with her Phazon Suit and came back as a twisted doppelganger bent on [[TheVirus spreading Phazon throughout the universe]] and even other dimensions, and was unkillable as long as Phazon existed.
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'': The BigBad, Baron Alexander von Brennenburg, is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:a being from another universe that got exiled into our own. He takes a human form to fit in with our society, but as the game goes on it's clear he is something else. Looking at a portrait of him while low on sanity transforms his face into a horrific corpse-like visage, which is believed by some to be a glimpse at his true form.]]
* Flemeth, the Witch of the Wilds from ''Franchise/DragonAge''. It's not yet clear ''what'' she is, but she unnerves everybody. Her own daughter Morrigan eventually discovers that Flemeth is no mere demon-possessed mage or Blood Mage, but something else - and even she doesn't know what. Fenris claims that he's met demons, blood mages, and abominations, but he can tell that Flemeth isn't any of those things. Even Justice, a ''Fade Spirit'', has no idea what she is. The only thing certain about her is that she is dangerous. Very dangerous. Also very powerful - her introduction in the second game is [[spoiler: showing up as a dragon and saving your life,]] and she regards ''her own death'' as a minor event, not even an inconvenience. ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' reveals that she is [[spoiler:possessed, not by a demon but by the last remnants of Mythal, dead elven goddess of motherhood and justice.]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'': [[PlayerCharacter You]]. Fateweavers treat you like a walking PhysicalGod and the Tuatha refer to you as an abomination. One NPC even has a freak out watching your power work, although to be fair he just watched you rip out an enemy's ''fate'' then use it as a weapon.
* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'':
** Alma is warped by hatred from a StringyHairedGhostGirl to full-blown world-threatening reality-breaking abomination, yet keeps her somewhat human appearance.
** The Creep in the third game: though humanoid, it is far more monstrous and aggressive than Alma. It eventually turns out that [[spoiler:it is an amalgam of the worst memories Fettel, the Point Man, and Alma have of Harlan Wade, given life by Alma's psychic powers.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard 3}}'', [[spoiler:the Intoners]] all look human and are anything but. [[spoiler:Zero is the only Intoner]] who is even remotely a true human [[spoiler:and the flower in her eye is changing her into something else]]. The others are all nascent [[EldritchAbomination Grotesquerie Queens]] who [[spoiler:copied the forms of Zero's fellow adventurers when they were born.]]
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': After the death of [[EldritchAbomination Manus, the Father of the Abyss]], his soul shattered. The remains of the monster itself became the Dark Chasm of Old, and the splinters of its soul formed humanoid bodies intent on recreating Manus. [[spoiler:The tiniest of these fragments became Nashandra, the queen of Drangleic and the true mastermind behind Vendrick's downfall. Other scattered pieces, all of them having human or at least humanoid bodies, are [[{{Wrath}} Elana the Squalid Queen]] in Shulva, [[AndIMustScream Nadalia, the Bride of Ash]] in the Brume Tower, and [[DarkIsNotEvil Alsanna, the]] [[WaifProphet Silent Oracle]] of Eleum Loyce.]] The Darklurker, an impossibly powerful, angel-like being that casts a myriad of large-scale spells, resides in the Dark Chasm of Old, though whether or not it's another fragment of Manus is unknown, and the description of its soul [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow leaves it at that]].
* Darth Nihilus from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' was human once, but has basically become a walking black hole of life energy, draining planets to feed his hunger, flying a ship populated mostly by husks who are being progressively drained and little better than corpses. His official databook profile describes him as "human (dark side aberration)". [[spoiler:Since your player character embodies the same kind of twisted Force vacuum effect that made Nihilus basically an embodiment of hunger, this also means that ''you'' have the potential to be one. Ironically enough, the similarities between them render Nihilus vulnerable when he tries to feed off of the Exile. That's what happens when a Force vampire tries to feed off of a Force black hole.]]
* Recurring villain Ganondorf from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is revealed in ''Skyward Sword'' to be the incarnation of [[GodOfEvil Demon King Demise's]] [[ThePowerOfHate hatred]] towards Link and Zelda. He doesn't ''look'' particularly monstrous until he uses the Triforce of Power to become Ganon, at which point he looks more like what the eternal embodiment of an angry evil god's hatred should look like.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}:
** ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' gives us Matou Zouken, who is somewhere between TheWormThatWalks and this trope.
*** The Servants themselves qualify. They aren't just resurrected spirits, they're incarnations pulled from the cycle of death and rebirth to be stored in the Throne of Heroes as entities who imprinted themselves into the very consciousness of humanity due to being viewed as "heroes" (in sometimes horrifying, obtuse ways, as seen with [[spoiler: Angra Mainyu]]). It is stated over and over again throughout the VN that they are existences beyond what a human is capable of equaling or understanding.
**** This can be best seen in the Heaven's Feel route when Shirou [[spoiler: gets Archer's arm transplanted onto his body]]. Not only does he only survive due to the constant presence of a holy shroud protecting him, but whenever he tries to access the memories stored within, it begins to [i]completely destroy his mind[/i]. Remember, [[spoiler: the arm is from himself from the future, a person who was before becoming a Servant, completely a human being, and him. But just an arm transplant is enough to passively destroy him]].
** ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' has [[spoiler:Avenger]] whose apparently human body is a fake, his true form being a human-shaped emptiness.
** ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' introduces the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors and the True Ancestors:
*** The Dead Apostle Ancestors [[WasOnceAMan were once humans]] (most of them, anyway), who became [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] under various circumstances and, with age and possibly self-made modifications, obtained immense and alien powers (Nrvnqsr Chaos, the first one we see, is a ''living mass of chaotic matter analogous to a primordial soup, created from the accumulation of the lives of 666 creatures''). Of the four that weren't once human, three are generic EldritchAbomination (they are a ''living forest corrupted by the incorrectly disposed body of a Dead Apostle Ancestor'', the UltimateLifeform of Mercury (and essentially the planet Mercury itself) in the form of a {{Kaiju}} and [[GaiasVengeance a killer of human beings created by the World's own will in the form of a giant dog]]), but the last one, Brunestud of the Crimson Moon, is the same kind of being as the Kaiju from Mercury, only from the Moon and with a human form.
*** The True Ancestors are clones of Brunestud (and thus vampires themselves) created by the World to [[GaiasVengeance stop the corruption humans were causing]], and, thankfully, much less powerful (even if they can casually manipulate natural phenomenon), with a growing part of their power being employed to suppress their bloodlust. Due a series of circumstances, only Arcueid still lives. [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090919213957/typemoon/images/b/bf/Arc_mbaa.png As you can see]], she doesn't look any strange... But, as the most powerful of the True Ancestors and the closest thing Earth has to an UltimateLifeform, she could casually wipe out all life of Earth.
** ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood''[='=]s Tatari usually takes the form of a resident of the city it is in, but it's actually a phenomenon made up of rumours that randomly appears to suck the blood out of entire towns. He's also a Dead Apostle Ancestor.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/LovecraftIsMissing'', naturally. Dr. Kartophilus' freaky butler, [[http://lovecraftismissing.com/?p=397 Heeg]], is the [[http://lovecraftismissing.com/?p=920 most obvious]], though most likely he's [[spoiler:"only" a [[ShapeShifter shoggoth]] in human form]]. There's also [[http://lovecraftismissing.com/?p=5262 Young Tom Malone]], who raised [[http://lovecraftismissing.com/?p=5386 all sorts]] of [[http://lovecraftismissing.com/?p=5672 questions]] which, probably for the best, are [[http://lovecraftismissing.com/?p=5674 likely to go unanswered]].
* Rithuly from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', a vaguely defined "dark god" with strong EldritchAbomination vibes: his "true form is of a great flying Stygian dragon" but he "usually appears man-sized, either as a wispy tentacle-headed dark ghost or a charming handsome man in a white robe adorned with jewelry."
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': A look into her past reveals that [[spoiler:Jones]] qualifies. Her existence predates ''life on Earth'' by at least a few ''billion'' years, but she has always looked the same. [[TimeAbyss She has a perfect memory for every instant of her entire history]], scratches diamonds, and is impenetrable to x-rays. She claims to lack emotions or imagination; though Antimony has her doubts on this matter, it might just be projection on her (and the readership's) part. Oh, and [[spoiler:she has no idea what she is, either. [[MemeticMutation MYSTERY SOLVED]]!]]
* ''Webcomic/OwMySanity'' has tons of these from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, many of which are female. The kicker? They're the protagonist's UnwantedHarem.
* Issue #3 of the furry comic ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheBlackDog'' has [[http://www.orderoftheblackdog.com/comic.php?pid=20130426 Mal-Fa'asha the vermin lord]], who looks like a oddly generic furry wearing a black cloak, when he's not appearing as a swarm of moths. And [[spoiler: that black cat in the black suit and hat who was asking about Rhoda's art. [[http://orderoftheblackdog.com/comic.php?pid=20130620 He could be Nyarlathotep]].]]
* ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'' has a specific demon that fits this category in her true form. That demon is [[spoiler:Artemis Astarte]]. Befitting of her status as the strongest [[HornyDevils succubi]] her real form is [[spoiler:a parody of an ImpossibleHourglassFigure. This meaning that she has nothing but her spine and ribs between her chest and hips. The rest of her is just as unpleasant.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Franchise/{{The Slender Man|Mythos}}, pictured above. You can just about mistake him for a human being at a distance (unless he's in full-on CombatTentacles mode), but come any closer and you start to... [[TheBlank notice]] [[NoodlePeople things]]. ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', one of the most famous Slendy stories, is an excellent portrayal of this trope. The Slender Man distorts reality just by existing, driving some characters into homicidal madness. He ''seems'' to have a goal of some sort, but whatever it is, it's utterly inscrutable.
* Another well-known creepypasta creation, WebOriginal/TheRake, also counts. A freakish hairless [[BeastMan dog-man]] who seems to have similar stalking habits to Slenderman, albeit being more direct with his victims[[note]]Slendy watches from a distance; the Rake likes to sit on your bed. While you're in it[[/note]]. Has even showed up in EverymanHYBRID, integrating it into the above mythos.
* The Slender Man and the Rake are joined by a number of other Humanoid Abominations in ''TheFearMythos'', including [[TheAdjectivalMan the Cold Boy, the Wooden Girl, and the Blind Man]].
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has absolutely every type of abomination, and these are no exception. There's some serious ''creepy'' {{Reality Warper}}s hanging around there.
** Dr. Clef claims to be one himself: he discovered what he was at an early age when an idle thought caused [[UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} the Challenger disaster]]. He then devoted his life to putting the kibosh on those more selfishly inclined than he.[[note]]Kondracki called him out on this pretty much immediately, with Clef admitting it was grade-A fertilizer.[[/note]] This is still [[MultipleChoicePast Clef]], though, so take it as you will...
** CreepyChild SCP-053 looks and acts like an ordinary three year old girl. She's not. Let's put it this way: SCP-682, an alien reptilian OmnicidalManiac that hates everything in this universe on principle, likes SCP-053, and the feeling is mutual -- once SCP-053 got past her initial fear of the giant terrifying reptiloid. (It's kind of adorable, actually.)
** SCP-106 is an entity that resembles a decomposing old man that corrodes everything it touches and has its own PocketDimension that it lords over.
** SCP-096 is a tall skinny being with disproportionately long arms and enters an UnstoppableRage and screams like a human when someone looks at its face, regardless of how indirect the method is, and will proceed to "kill and [DATA EXPUNGED]" that person leaving no trace of them.
** Along the lines of the [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]], [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-582 SCP-582]] appears and acts out his part in any stories written about him.
* The Japanese creepypasta Hasshaku-sama sits ''somewhere'' between this trope and TheFairFolk. According to the creepypasta, Hasshaku-sama is a woman who is percieved differently by everyone who sees her with the only consistent traits being her abnormal height, hence her name: Ms. Eight-feet-tall, and her [[EvilLaugh inhuman laugh]], a deep, uncanny "po, po, po" sound... At first she comes across as some kind of {{youkai}}, but her description and behavior defies her being one. The [[SuperPersistentPredator absolute relentlessness in her pursuit of her victims]] is most of all akin to the grudge of an [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Onryou]], but there's no indications that she's dead ''or'' holding a grudge. It's explained in the backstory of the creepypasta that [[BadassPreacher a group of monks]] attempted to confront her but could neither [[SealedEvilInACan seal]], exorcise ''or'' kill her, and so were forced to merely contain her within the confines of a village using four Buddha statues as cornerstones of a barrier. She can also [[ParanoiaFuel imitate the voices of her victim's loved ones]], which makes her primarily [[AdultFear target children]] who are reliant on their older family members, and she is [[InvisibleToNormals invisible to all but her chosen victims]].
* WhateleyUniverse:
** Sara Waite, codename Carmilla. She looks like a goddess of lust. Her father's mother is actually [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Shub-Niggurath]]. Her mother's ancestry is even creepier.
** Tennyo is somehow related to some EldritchAbomination that was created to eat/destroy the Eldritch Abominations of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, something that would look at Cthulhu and think "ooh, an appetizer!"
* WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall: [[spoiler: The Entity/Missingno can apparently only manifest itself in the physical realm by taking the form of another]].
* ''Website/TheOnion'' spoofed this in the 2005 article "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/neverland-ranch-investigators-discover-corpse-of-r,1303/ Neverland Ranch Investigators Discover Corpse of Real Michael Jackson]]". Apparently Music/MichaelJackson died sometime in 1985-1987 at the hands of one of these, and that abomination replaced it and went on to physically decay into the realm of BodyHorror and prey upon children. (At the time, in RealLife, Jackson was being tried on child molestation charges.)
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** [[spoiler:Scion, the world's first and greatest superhero,]] is the avatar of an immensely powerful and ancient alien entity.
** [[TheChessmaster The Simurgh]] looks like a fifteen-foot-tall woman with chalk-white skin and a multitude of feathery wings. She is also an [[EldritchAbomination Endbringer]], a nearly indestructible entity of unknown origin equipped with horribly destructive superpowers that apparently wants nothing less than [[OmnicidalManiac to wipe humanity from the earth]]. Her particular set of powers includes pre- and postcognition to the point of being TheOmniscient, as well as MindOverMatter and some ''very'' nasty MindRape powers.
* Popo from ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' terrifies the protagonists, attempting to contact him psychically [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth caused King Kai to short out]], and is implied to be vastly more powerful than anyone in the series. He reveals a glimpse of his true nature as he [[spoiler:eats Garlic Jr.]]
* ''Literature/{{Eclipse}}'' heavily indicates that Alice Sitchri, the main character, is ''far'' from your typical Succubus. She's a tall, fit, and gorgeous young lady with pale skin and a sexy outfit, but she has tendrils protruding from her arms, smoke-like darkness that oozes out of her body at various times, HellishPupils, gray eyes that turn amber (when indoctrinating people) and red (when angry), and the ability to transform into a tornado-like whirlpool of smoke and shadows that engulfs an entire country in a black fog. She absorbs souls within her own body (itself a PocketDimension), and she has the ability to [[MoreThanMindControl indoctrinate]] people without needing to try. Various characters have suggested that this is [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm the form she ALLOWS other people perceive of her]], [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith the form she's attempting to keep as humanoid as possible]], or a form that is a self-imposed restraint [[NothingIsScarier keeping something even more abstract from popping out]]. She is the only distinctly human-ish being who doesn't utilize a BattleAura at all; rather than being a human who has a really fancy way of manifesting her innate energy in fantastical ways (ala Aura), Alice simply ''doesn't''. All of the shadows and smoke and darkness are not a manifestation of her energy, that's simply how she is, and [[FromASingleCell as long as there is darkness, she will continue existing]], even if that darkness is completely separate from her body. This is all while she's on her ''good'' side; lord help you [[DrivenToMadness if you ever experience]] her ability to [[BrownNote distort reality]] [[RealityWarper at her own whim]].
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'':
** The City Council, and the people wearing deer masks. The hooded figures in the dog park may or may not be this.
** The Man in the Tan Jacket and the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home also qualify. The former inflicts amnesia on anyone who sees him, making them remember nothing about him except his attire and deerskin briefcase with flies in it, and the latter is an entity that somehow manages to live in everyone's house without being noticed, can only be seen through one's peripheral vision and [[TheBlank lacks a face]]. They're both relatively friendly examples, although the Faceless Old Woman shows signs of being a bit of a [[TheTrickster trickster]].
** Old Woman Josie's Angels, who are described as ten-feet-tall, radiant and always smiling.
** The Woman from Italy. All throughout her visit to Night Vale, [[TheNarrator Cecil]] keeps reporting on her but swears she's just another person. But all the while, he keeps randomly spewing nursery rhymes in a broken voice, talking about how her hands are storm clouds with lightning talons, how she skins her victims, and how she lurks at the end of dark hallways.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': [[BigBad Van Kleiss]] looks like a man with [[RedRightHand a mechanical hand]], but in truth while he WasOnceAMan the seat of his consciousness now is the nanites that fill his body - and [[FisherKing the area around his stronghold]], meaning that in a sense the entire country of Abysus ''is'' [[GeniusLoci him]], and answers to his commands. As of episode 21, instead of a GeniusLoci, he can now [[spoiler:induce BodyHorror with a touch.]]
* Miss Bitters from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. Nobody is exactly sure ''what'' she is, but human is not on the list of options. She is implied to be older than the School (they couldn't make her move so they built it around her and [[CrapsackWorld made her a teacher]]) and has taught at least two generations worth of students. The official website mentions rumors that she is [[HalfHumanHybrid the spawn of]] an English teacher and a really big snake. Her flashbacks in the series indicate she [[BreakTheCutie was once much happier]]...
* Wall-Mart, a [[CaptainErsatz "fictional"]] chain store in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes". Wall-Mart is actually portrayed as a complete Eldritch Abomination in the episode, being an abstract entity from beyond that exists [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil as long as there is consumerism]] and poisons every town in which it manifests itself. Near the end of the episode however, it temporarily [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith takes on human form]] (looking a lot like VincentPrice, oddly enough) so it can talk to Stan and Kyle. Played for laughs at the climax with the Vincent Price-thing [[LaughingMad laughing maniacally]] and declaring [[OneWingedAngel "Now you shall see me as I truly am!"]] - but all he does is tear off his gray mustache, then take off his white hat and wave it around wildly as the store around them collapses like a cave-in at a mine shaft.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' season two, [[EldritchAbomination Vaatu, spirit of darkness]], [[FusionDance fuses]] with [[spoiler:Unalaq, becoming the Dark Avatar]]. By extension this makes [[spoiler:the Avatar]] an example, as they fused with Vaatu's counterpart Raava, spirit of light.
* The Beast from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' is mostly shown in silhouette, which seems vaguely humanoid save for the antlers and glowing eyes, and is capable of conversing (and ''[[VillainSong singing]]'') like a human. No hint is given to what kind of creature he is ([[AllegoricalCharacter at least not in a literal sense]]), but he feeds off of human despair [[spoiler:by turning people into trees which make oil for [[SoulJar his lantern]]]]. The one glimpse of the beast in the light, at the series climax, shows [[spoiler:his entire body is made of wood in the shape of faces]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "[=NegaDuck=]", Darkwing accidentally gets separated into his [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum "good and evil particles"]], creating a ([[GoodIsImpotent wussy]]) good and ({{badass}}) evil version of him. Then the evil version gets galvanized. The resulting "[=NegaDuck=]" (not to be confused with the recurring MirrorUniverse EvilCounterpart of Darkwing by the same name) is still shaped like Darkwing, though with negative black-and-white colours and PowerGlows, but it's an almost mindless accumulation of pure evil and destruction that uses its RealityWarper powers to tear everything apart. (The good side also gets galvanized, but the result is much less abominable.) However, the whole thing is largely PlayedForLaughs, so it also speaks in an exaggerated StupidEvil CardCarryingVillain ForTheEvulz manner.