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A large black slab of 1:4:9 proportions ([[AlienGeometries there are more proportions than that if you are capable of looking at it in more than three dimensions]]), [[ShoutOut placed in reference]] to the Monoliths from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''. (The original monoliths were ancient, mysterious, and bizarrely powerful.) One of the {{Stock Parod|y}}ies.

Compare Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra. See also Main/SinisterGeometry.

Not to be confused with the Creator/DCComics character, a heroic {{golem}}, the Creator/MarvelComics character called The ''Living'' Monolith, who's an ''Franchise/XMen'' villain, or ''{{Videogame/Monolith}}'' the top-down shooter.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/MonsterRancher'', there is a monster called 'Monol' with telepathic communication, ancient secrets, a deep voice and a story to tell.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', SEELE keeps in contact with NERV via monolith-like holograms when the organization's members want to remain concealed...or when they just want to be sinister and unnerving.
* In episode 13 of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', the girls went to a swimsuit photo shoot, complete with a holodeck to provide proper backgrounds for the shoot - which promptly glitched out and placed them on the Moon, complete with the Monolith and Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra.
* The way the Machine Emperor tablets are placed on earth in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' look similar to the monoliths. They also look like the Ka tablets from the original ''Manga/YuGiOh'', which also tended to look like this.
* Lebia Maverick of ''Manga/SilentMobius'' owns a supercomputer named Louie that takes this form.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* One issue of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'''s comic-book had him and Arthur versus a town full of hick {{Mad Scientist}}s who'd gained their super-intelligence from a monolith that had fallen in a local cornfield.
* The Watchers' transport gateways look like this in ''ComicBook/EarthX''. Eventually it begins being Lampshaded.
* In the Belgian comic ''[[ComicBook/TheGreatPowerofChninkel Le Grand Pouvoir du Chninkel]]'', the creator {{god}} U'n appears in the form of a monolith. Or rather, since the end hints this comic was a prequel to ''2001'', U'n ''is'' the monolith.

[[folder: FanWorks]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' parody "Farce Contact", Hoshi Sato reaches out to touch the Monolith which promptly topples over onto Captain Archer's foot. In retaliation, his beagle takes a piss on a billion years worth of alien technology.

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' is the TropeMaker. It functions as an UpgradeArtifact.
** Via the character of Machine Man, who originated in the ''2001'' [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel comic book continuation]] and lately in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'', this selfsame Monolith exists in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
** The 1:4:9 ratio is really only from the book; they didn't stick to it when doing the movie.
*** The book also states that the ratio continues beyond that but humans are only able to perceive its presence in three dimensions.
** In ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'', it is capable of reproducing, causing Jupiter [[spoiler:to reach critical mass and turn into a star]].
** And by ''3001'', it's revealed they can do a whole lot more.
*** Though interestingly enough, [[RetCon it no longer works as a Star Gate.]]
*** The books were sequels to the movie. So, this lends support that it was never a Star Gate in the movie universe.
** Even the Monolith in the movie isn't treated with respect. On first seeing a picture, a scientist says casually, "Damned if I know what it is" then [[MustHaveCaffeine asks for coffee]].
* Appears in the ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' film as part of Willy Wonka's [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum matter transmutation device]].
** Sort of. It appears in its original introduction sequence on a TV before it is replaced by a Wonka Bar, which happens to have similar dimensions to the Monolith.
* Main character Cher's cordless phone in ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', complete with Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra.
* The monolith from ''2001'' makes a cameo appearance in the Music/FrankZappa movie ''Film/TwoHundredMotels''.
* The robots, TARS and CASE, from ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' were inspired by the aesthetic of the monolith, though they are capable of segmenting themselves.
* Possibly referenced in ''Westernanimation/TheLEGOMovie'' with the top of Lord Business' tower when it comes off and flies over Bricksburg.
-->'''President Business:''' Don't worry about this big, black Monolith thing that's blocking out the sun.
* ''Film/{{Lucy}}'' includes a flash drive at the very end of the movie, [[spoiler: just after the titular character gains control of 100% of her brain and offloaded every bit of her accumulated knowledge into it through an [[OrganicTechnology organic supercomputer derived from her own flesh.]] ]] When [[Creator/MorganFreeman Morgan Freeman's]] character turns it in his hand, we can even see what appears to be ''stars inside it''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Chorus Skating'', the last Literature/{{Spellsinger}} novel, two huge black rectangular objects appear on the beach when Jon-Tom is about to have his final sing-off battle with the villain. True to this trope, they were indeed sent by a mysterious alien from another level of reality ... [[spoiler: as amplifiers to give Jon-Tom's duar a much-needed and decisive boost]].
* ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} The Science of Discworld]]'' has a large black object that gives information to apes... but it turns out to be a chalkboard.
* The ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series has the vault where the Translocator is kept. The preserve where said vault is located is named Obsidian Waste in its honor.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* A parody of ''2001'' (including the Monolith) appears in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' episode 38.
* ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' had a series of animations where the monolith either rose from the ground or floated forward through space toward the front of the screen, then crumbled to show a letter dipthong or small word, subsequently pronounced by a deistic voice.
* The last Comedy Central episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''Film/{{Laserblast}}'', ended with Dr. Forrester re-enacting the scene where an old David Bowman reaches toward the Monolith before being reborn as a Starchild; Forrester reaches for a monolithic VHS tape labeled "The Worst Movie Ever Made".
* ''Series/{{One Foot In The Grave}}'' parodied the "ape discovering tools" scene, with a new fridge as the monolith, and styrofoam packing formers as the bones being smashed by the elderly protagonist.
* Shows up in a ''Series/SpittingImage'' [[http://youtu.be/K-PbZFUlgFE?t=1m20s sketch,]] being interviewed by Barry Norman.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - in ''Biology 101'', Jeff, exiled from the study group, is [[MakesSenseInContext knocked out with monkey gas chasing Chang through the air vents]]. He comes to in the final scene of ''2001'', in a bare, bright white study room. He sees himself [[MakesSenseInContext eating his cel phone with a knife and fork]], then as Pierce, then as Leonard in bed pointing at the Monolith, represented by the [[MakesSenseInContext study desk]] sat up on end.

[[folder: Music]]
* The cover of Music/TheWho's album ''Music/WhosNext'' shows the band walking away from a monolithic concrete slab. After having [[UrineTrouble peed on it...]]
* The artwork for Music/LedZeppelin's album ''Presence'' features photos of various people whose attention is drawn by a small black object. This was apparently inspired by the original monolith.
* [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants "The Statue Got Me High"]]... ''[[EpilepticTrees could]]'' be about this. The [[WordOfGod official story]] is even weirder; they claim it perfectly mirrors the ending of ''Theatre/DonGiovanni,'' which ''neither of them knew about...''
* Music/{{BT}}'s ''ESCM'' album cover.
* ''Shouting at the Ground'' by Music/ZovietFrance, features a half circle one, sitting in the middle of a field of dry grass.

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': The Black Monolith is a look-alike of the titular monolith, and can look into one's self to grant their deepest wish. Of course, it has no sense of morality, so people who are really stupid or evil can get to the Monolith... Leading to undesirable results.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has the Pylons on the world of Cadia. They have a clear purpose, stabilizing space around the nearby [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Eye of Terror]] to create the only reliable way in and out of it, but how they do that is a mystery. One of the background materials has a character outline a theory that may as well be the plot of ''2001''. Current canon has them as just a leftover weapon of a war the Necrons, the local AntimagicalFaction, waged ages before the Eye was even there (it's not a total coincidence; the Eye of Terror occupies the space that used to be their enemy's territory until the Eldar blew themselves up).
* ''TabletopGame/KillerBunniesAndTheQuestForTheMagicCarrot'' has The Minilith, a card able to double one's weapon strength. Comes with a handy on/off switch.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Featured in ''VideoGame/SimEarth'' as a tool to accelerate a species' development to sapience.
* Similarly, The Monolith is featured as a tool to accelerate the brain and social evolution of more primitive civilizations in the Space stage of ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''. The game itself features another ShoutOut to ''2001''. The cut scene to the entrance of the Tribal stage was partly lifted from the introductory sequence of ''2001'', along with implications in the Creature and Tribal stages of extraterrestrial observation, and in the introduction to the Cell stage, panspermia.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' featured a monolith at one point. It contained a teleporter.
* The video game series ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', along with ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' features several Monolith-like objects, dubbed Zohar(s), along with the Anima Relics.
* ''VideoGame/LegoIsland 2'' had a monolith on Ogel Island with monkeys in space suits dancing around it.
* ''VideoGame/ArmyMen {{RTS}}'' features a [[IncrediblyLamePun monolithic]] [=PS2=] in the eighth mission (to them, it's an unlimited power source). It's even introduced with Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra.
* The titular Ark in ''Videogame/YsVITheArkOfNapishtim''. The cutscene where it is raised features Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra-esque music.
* ''2001'' is one of ''VideoGame/MetalGear'''s recurring StockShoutOuts, so monoliths appear a couple of times:
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', the name of the computer on the Tanker is [[SpellMyNameWithAnS MONORITH]]. The tanker itself is called "Discovery".
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', GW, a computer influencing human development, is seen to be a huge, elegantly-illuminated black slab following the 1:4:9 ratio.
* Weaponized in the second BossBattle of ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'', where you are constantly bombarded with falling monoliths summoned by a mysterious crashed meteorite.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLabyrinthOfTime'', the Monolith can be seen half-buried through a window of the Lunar Museum.
* They appear in VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor. Sometimes you get a sidequest to sacrifice an item to it.
* An EasterEgg room in ''VideoGame/TheColony'' has the Monolith at the foot of a bed.
* A very obvious parody of the opening sequence to 2001 appears in ''VideoGame/{{Startopia}}'', but with the bone being replaced by a doughnut.
* ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'' has a Monolith in the Dead End star system; it is at Planet 5 - Moon 5.
* In the Caveman Chapter of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', you can find one in a hidden cave provided you do a specific action. Offering a bone to it will net the player the Basic Rock which significantly boosts IQ, can scan the HP of and also disable a target's limbs (cannot be able to move or attack with physical skills) if used as an item
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'', there are monsters called Monols. Guess what they look like.
* Random Monolith-like structures pop in the background of the fight against [[spoiler: [[TrueFinalBoss Chakravartin]]]] in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''.
* Hidden among several sculptures in a museum, in ''VideoGame/TheDayTheWorldBroke''.
* In ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'', monoliths are scattered around the main planet and its two moons. While they are not perfectly square, they are jet black mysterious objects.
* ''Videogame/TreadMarks''' "Moon" level has an enormous, pitch black monolith in the center of the map.
* ''VideoGame/EpicBattleFantasy 3'' has ''three'' different kinds of Monoliths that serve as [[DemonicSpiders elite foes]]. The ones that fit this trope best are the [[BossInMookClothing Cosmic Monoliths]], which are shaped very much like the ''Space Odyssey'' Monoliths. [[TotalPartyKill You probably won't last long against them.]]
** The sequel adds some more Monoliths (although they are much weaker compared to the previous game). Also, the aforementioned Cosmic Monolith? It's not present as a foe, but [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome later on in the game you can learn to summon one to assist you in battle, and it's the strongest summon in the game.]]
** As of the Steam release of ''Epic Battle Fantasy 4'', there is a Cosmic Monolith fight at Battle Mountain. First, you fight one. [[OhCrap Then three more appear.]]
* The Black Club weapon in ''Videogame/KidIcarusUprising'' is basically a monolith [[XOnAStick on a stick.]]
* ''VideoGame/MischiefMakers'': [[BigBad The Emperor]] usually appears in the form of a monolith with golden glyphs that vaguely resemble a human form drawn on it, as well as a single red gemstone-like eye. [[spoiler:It's just a disguise. The Emperor is actually human.]]
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTrespasser'' features a Monolith in a normally-unreachable area of the third level. Getting close via noclip causes a droning track to start playing until you head back to the regular playable parts of the level.
* ''VideoGame/{{Zombidle}}'': One of Bob the Necromancer's allies is called "Carl the Monolith", and is pretty much based on one of these. A being who's hand-forged in the deepest layers of Hell and MadeOfEvil, he's also a TagalongKid with a goofy grin, kid's cap, and schoolbag, and is also as annoying as one. In-game, [[SupportPartyMember he doesn't fight]], but he boosts the damage of all of Bob's minions by a factor of 3 multiplicatively per level.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fez}}'', solving the first half of a certain optional puzzle causes a monolith to appear and hover in the air. (This one has a square cross-section, rather than the original size ratio.) The second half of this puzzle--making the monolith disappear again--is notorious for being the [[MoonLogicPuzzle most obtuse puzzle in the entire game]].

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=364 This]] ''Webcomic/TheNoob'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/CheckerboardNightmare'' featured [[http://www.checkerboardnightmare.com/retrocomics/20020705_cracklin.gif an verminous infestation of monoliths]] during 2002:
-->'''Dot''': It's a shame they imploded your fridge to create a new star.
-->'''Chex''': And they left a note: "All these snacks are yours except the Rice Krispies. Use them together. Use them in peace."
* Similarly, in Kris Straub's next comic, ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'', the members of the Consortium all have their brains transferred into monoliths.
* ''Webcomic/CrossTimeCafe'' actually has it as a RecurringCharacter, nicknamed Rocky.
* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' uses one as a gag for the [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090801/ 2001st comic]]
* A reoccurring character/phenomenon in ''WebComic/StationV3''.
* ''Stone Trek'' episode "20001 BC: A Space Oddity". After its Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra introduction, the monolith is picked up by a dinosaur-crane piloted by the Flintstones and dumped on a rubble pile.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* The [[WebSerialNovel blog novel]] ''[[http://fartago.blogspot.com Fartago]]'' is about a tribe of cavemen reacting to life since the arrival of The Monolith. Features the recurring CatchPhrase, "Since monolith come, nothing make sense!"
* [[ReferenceOverdosed Unsurprisingly]], it shows up in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''.
* Parodied in ''WebAnimation/{{Weebl and Bob}}''.
* The ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' have a much larger version of the monolith in the Tomb of the Unknown PPC Agent; it stretches all the way up to the ceiling, and every victim of the [[SecretPolice DIS]] has their name written on it in ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings ithildin]]''. The Tomb itself used to be DIS Central, until it was destroyed and the memorial built out of the remains.
* [[Creator/RoosterTeeth Geoff]] [[Creator/AchievementHunter Ramsey's]] extremely tall, windowless, smooth stone house in ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'' has been referred to as a monolith. It originally went up from the base of Downtown [[HubCity Achievement City]] to the height limit of 128 blocks, but when the height limit was doubled to 256 blocks, the Achievement Hunters worked together so it could reach that new limit. There is a three-part sub-series of ''LetsPlay VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' episodes that covered its height expansion (and the inevitable deaths during said expansion).

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The Monolith appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' involving TimeTravel.
* Appears briefly in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', with an "Out of Order" sign on it.
** As well in another episode, "The Sting", it is parodied as [[spoiler:Fry's coffin]]. Leela opens it and experiences the same effects as Dave Bowman in [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey the movie]].
** Another episode, "Mobius Dick," had it floating among other familiar, wrecked spaceships (USS ''Enterprise'', LEM module, the space ship from the cover of ELO's album [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_the_Blue_(Electric_Light_Orchestra_album) 'Out of the Blue']], etc.) with a bite taken out of it.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' opens with a parody of the Dawn of Man sequence. While the other apes start developing tools after making contact with the monolith, the Homer Simpson ape simply reclines on it to take a nap.
* When ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' made fun of ''2001'', the monolith appeared first as a television set, then as a remote.
* ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' has a monolith installed on a primitive world. In this case it actually contained an evil empire who used the monolith as a base of operations in order to enslave the unwitting civilization.
* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' episode in ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage'' has him flying by a monolith who says "Dave, is that you Dave?". Bonkers replies "No, wrong movie".
* An old Creator/CartoonNetwork bumper (that usually played before ''Cartoon Theater'') had a group of monkeys (such as WesternAnimation/MagillaGorilla, [[WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost Blip]] and [[WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel I.R. Baboon]]) gathering around the Cartoon Network logo while the ''2001'' theme plays.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* On New Year's Day of 2001, a welded-steel monolith appeared in Seattle's Magnuson Park, with no indication where it came from or how it got there. It vanished in an equally mysterious manner three days later.
* On New Year's Day of 2010, a similar monolith (this one made of wood and fiberboard) [[http://www.examiner.com/x-23103-Denver-Zombie-Examiner~y2010m1d2-2010-Monolith-appears-on-New-Years-Eve appeared behind Denver, Colorado's Museum of Nature and Science]], with a tag reading "All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landings there." Unlike the Seattle Monolith, though, [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3248701 the perpetrators documented their efforts]].
* The University of Hawaii at Manoa's physics and astronomy building has a sculpture out in front of it, a massive metal slab with the 1:4:9 ratio. For the first year it was in place, it emitted an electronically generated pulsing sound, until people started complaining of headaches.
* The Monolith in action figure form. [[http://www.kennercollector.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/monolith_action_figure.jpg It's full of stars!]]
* The Comcast/NBC Universal building in Los Angeles looks like one of these, though its base is a rhomboid instead of a perfect rectangle. Harlan Ellison has remarked on several occasions that the way Universal executives behave toward people actually trying to make movies, this monolith must operate in reverse: when they come in contact with it, it ''lowers'' their intelligence.