Animalistic Abomination
A coyote and THE Coyote.

"This was no chicken, it was evil manifest."
Kahlan Amnell (on the Chimes of Death), The Sword of Truth: Soul of the Fire

It's big, powerful and nasty. It's not humanoid, but familiar all the same.

This trope is for Eldritch Abominations that either naturally resemble (somewhat) ordinary animals, or else possess Animorphism and spend a good deal of time in the animal form.


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    Anime & Manga 

  • This article from Bogleech point out that dragons were depicted with this trope until very recently.
  • To say nothing of the original unicorn (WARNING: Potential Nightmare Fuel)
  • Many paintings by Salvador Dali are famous for depicting horses, elephants and similar animals with spindly, enormous legs and other nightmarish features.

  • Marvel comics brings us the Makluans, a race of highly advanced aliens who strongly resemble (and are said to inspire) the dragons of various folklore. They were even worshipped as gods at one point in history. Perhaps the most iconic member of their race is Fin Fang Foom whose name translates into "He whose limbs shatter mountains and whose back scrapes the sun".
  • Requiem Vampire Knight had Aiwass, a Lord of Limbo in the shape of a mandrill monkey.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Enter Ken Finlayson features Moloch the Death Raptor as an owl-like animalistic abomination.
  • Maiden's Illusionary Funeral has Ran's One-Winged Angel form be a gigantic monstrous nine-tailed fox. Contrast with her mistress Yukari, a shapeless mass of darkness and eyes.
  • In the Worm x Bloodborne crossover, Hunter, Beasts have this appearance. Sophia is the most notable, as she's the first one seen in Brockton Bay.
  • Children of an Elder God: The first enemy fought by Shinji was an Eldritch Abomination wich looked like a giant spider. Later on, Asuka fought a green, crab-like Elder God.
  • Thousand Shinji: In addition to animal-shaped Angels such like Gaghiel — a cross between a shark and a whale — or Matarael — a humongous spider — the Beasts of Chaos were the pets of the new Chaos Gods: a hawk, a hound and a crow warped into monstrous, ferocious or even putrid creatures.
  • Besides the Will of Evil: Reiziger was once a perfectly normal caribou, but whatever he is now, he most certainly isn't one anymore. He maintains the appearance of a normal caribou (if one with solid red eyes) most of the time, but then his mask will drop or "blur", at which something becomes visible that is vast, amorphous, dark and hungry, with far too many antlers, eyes, teeth and mouths. The author explicitly compares him to Nyarlathotep and Azathoth in a couple of end-of-chapter notes.
  • The Bridge: Several.
    • Grand King Ghidorah superficially resemble dragons like those found in Equestria and in Terra's ancient past, but is a 100 million year old cosmic entity. His insides are made of molten, golden ichors and the closest equivalent he has to a vital organ is a crystalline sphere inside his chest that houses the souls of all those he's devoured.
    • The three Primordial Aspects of Terra also resemble living animals but are even older and predate life on Terra. Enjin looks like a chimera of different primates, but has Combat Tentacles forming an external rib cage and is made of physical mana.
    • The Nexuses of Light and Dark Magic in Equestria, Harmony and Grogar, look like a pony and a goat respectively. Each is a Physical God whose power is on the same level as the Big Bad Bagan who is also a god.

    Films — Animation 
  • Fantasia: the title entity from "The Firebird Suite".
  • In The Princess and the Frog, some of the Friends on the Other Side have an animalistic shape.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: Satan resembles a huge demonic dog-version of his usual portrayal at least when he gets a hold of Charlie's soul.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Thing, the monster spends most of its time as an Alaskan pack dog. You catch a glimpse of what it really is, before it proceeds to eat all the other dogs. It also appears very much like a spider/insect-like organism in the prequel and in Carpenter's movie it still retains arthropod features like random insect legs. More horrifyingly, in the novel that inspired all of this, it is also heavily implied it assimilated an albatross, so it can now fly. That said, there's no way of knowing what it really looks like, if it even has a "true" form at all, rather than being purely amorphous. Heck, its nature as an abomination is debatable.
  • Godzilla:
    • Godzilla himself qualifies being a giant ancient dinosaur (or dinosaur-like creature depending on the numerous versions of the character) who is seen as a Physical God rather than a mere kaiju.
      • The film Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! take this even further by having Godzilla as a vengeful zombie-esque monstrosity resurrected by the forgotten souls who died in WWII to punish those who had forgotten them in the modern era. Not even the combined efforts of Mothra, Ghidorah (who happens to be a juvenile Orochi), and Baragon are enough to stop him. Keep in mind that the aforementioned three are considered to be ancient gods themselves.
      • The Shin Godzilla version of Godzilla is shown going through rapid Hollywood Evolution to adapt to his environment, opening his jaw wider than past Godzilla and it splitting in half when he fires his Atomic Breath, being able to shoot the Atomic Rays out of his tail and dorsal fins as well, and his tail sports a human-like skull with a eye and jaw—and has several smaller human, sized versions of him coming out of it.
    • King Ghidorah, Godzilla's archenemy, is what happens when the villain of a Cosmic Horror Story comes in the form of a giant golden dragon with three heads and a penchant for exterminating entire planets.
    • Mothra and Battra both fall under this as well. Both of them being giant butterfly-like beings with immense power and are worshipped as gods. While Mothra is a more benevolent example, as she protects both Earth and humanity from other abominations, Battra is far more violent towards humankind being an enforcer of maintaining the balance between nature and technology. And, then there's Leo, a male Mothra who can take on different forms (IE: Aqua Mothra, Rainbow Mothra, Light-Speed Mothra, etc.).
  • The eponymous monster from Lair Of The White Worm is a giant snake-like dragon (the word "worm" meant dragon originally) and is worshipped by a race of reptilian vampires.
  • One possible origin for Irys from the Gamera franchise falls under this. It suggests that Irys is actually Suzaku (AKA the "Vermillion Bird") of Asian folklore and is the ancient mortal enemy of Gamera (Who is said to represent Genbu the tortoise in this case). Of course, Irys doesn't really look like a bird. Rather, he/she/it looks more like some sort of bipedial creature with spears for arms and numerous tentacles coming out of its back.
    • The Gyaos (Gamera's arch-enemies throughout the franchise) themselves in the Heisei era Gamera films are genetically mutated bats/birds/reptiles that resemble giant mutant pterosaurs. They reproduce asexually, can regnerate, and have an insatiable appetite for human flesh. They're viewed less as giant animals and more like flying omens of death.
  • In Panna a netvor (Czech adaptation of Beauty and the Beast) Netvor (the Beast) is a giant bird-like beast who drinks blood of animals and people to survive.

  • Many monsters in Lone Wolf would fit this. Most notable is Demonlord Tagazin, who appears as a huge sabertoothed jackal.

  • Mogget and the Disreputable Dog from the Old Kingdom trilogy. Respectively, Yrael and Kibeth the Bright Shiners.
  • Clark Ashton Smith's The Seven Geases. The Cthulhu Mythos deity Atlach-Nacha resembles a huge, hairy and hideous black spider. From the same author, we also have Tsathogghua and its extended family, who tend to have batrachian looks.
  • From Sword of Truth, the Chimes of Death, for whatever reason, take the forms of chickens. It's implied they possessed whatever was nearest to their victim at the time of summoning. They inhabit other things as the book goes on.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium: In The Silmarillion Ungoliant is equal parts Giant Spider, Mother of a Thousand Young, Eldritch Abomination of eternal hunger, and Unlight darker than total darkness. Same thing (but to a lesser degree) applies to her greatest daughter, Shelob from The Lord of the Rings, who in the Trope Pantheon is the goddess of this trope.
  • In It, the second-to-final form of the eponymous monster is a spider. This is only because the spider is the closest humans can come to comprehending the Deadlights — its true form — and stay sane.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: One possibility behind the Cheshire Cat's reality-warping abilities, and the fact that he seems to have powers that other Wonderlanders don't. He's a more benevolent example, though. Just don't ask him for directions.
  • The Inheritance Cycle has Shruikan, Galbatorix's dragon who has grown to immense proportions and power through dark magic. When he flies overhead before the final battle, he blots out a large portion of the sky. And he's an Omnicidal Maniac and a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • The Last Unicorn: The Red Bull is older than the Unicorns, isn't confined to a set shape or size, and is utterly indestructible and its origins are completely unknown. Its only weaknesses (so to speak) are a mild aversion to sunlight and that it's bound to serve anyone who is utterly without fear. It seems, however, that if the opponent is strong enough to oppose it successfully, it will instead retreat. Though few ever do.
  • In Neverwhere the Beast of London is believed to have started life as a runaway pig from a butcher; centuries of feeding on sewage and its own vileness has made it much, much more than that. Several of Hunter's previous quarries probably qualified too.
  • The Stormlight Archive has Thunderclasts (giant dog-shaped monsters of living stone) and Midnight Essence (animated smoke contained within a skin vaguely like that of a weasel). Also possibly the chasmfiends, enormous creatures like carnivorous lobsters the size of a largish apartment building. They are natural creatures (aside from having to use a bit of magic to get around the Square/Cube Law), but still nasty and scary.
  • The titular "Sun Dog" from Stephen King's Four Past Midnight is closer to this than a dog. A magic camera will produce pictures only of the dog, and each one is slightly different. It becomes clear that they form a sequence; the characters can flip through them like a flipbook and watch the dog move, and they can even be transferred onto film to create a short movie. Either the dog or the camera is able to exercise More Than Mind Control to trick users into taking more and more pictures, and the more pictures that are taken, the closer the dog comes to escaping... and the less like a common dog and more like this trope it becomes.
    • It also has a minor tie-in to Rose Madder: the dog is referred to as a Hound Erinyes, while the minotaur in Rose Madder is called a Bull Erinyes.
  • The main characters of Dean Koontz's The Taking encounter several monsters that look like various types of animals, but the only one that actively threatens them is a giant insectoid horror lurking in a church basement.
  • The hellhound from Too Many Curses manifests as a gigantic mutant dog cloaked in black smoke, which seeps constantly from its body except when it's badly wounded or poisoned. It stalks and devours undead creatures, corporeal or ghostly, and consigns them to Hell regardless of whether they're evil or not.
  • The title character of Edward Gorey's The Doubtful Guest is a short, unsettling creature that vaguely resembles a penguin.
  • At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft has giant, blind, albino mutant penguins living in Antarctica.
  • The Skinwalker from The Dresden Files usually takes on forms that vaguely resemble real animals but twisted and corrupted.
  • In The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, the jukiere, or jook-toother tiger, from Demane's homeland is some kind of animalistic, necromantic sorcerer in the form of a green-furred tiger, with Super Speed, Super Strength and a Healing Factor thrown in. It eats only pigs or people, but only when they're particularly fresh and likes its hide-out to stink to high heavens of death and decay.
  • In the Discworld, the Dungeon Dimension Abominations are explicitly described as having been re-assembled from bits of other creatures, none of which are unremarkable in themselves, but almost as if the leftover spare parts from the Creation have been shaken around in the box and tipped out to see what random accretions emerged.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Shadowrun has a lot of these in the form of magical beings like the totem Spider which plots world domination and manifests as a huge spider in astral space, and the Sega Genesis game has Thorn, a dog or coyote-like malevolent spirit.
  • RuneQuest. In the Glorantha campaign setting one major empire has an enslaved Chaos god/demon/thingy called the Crimson Bat, which looks something like a giant bat.
  • Two of the Elder Evils from Forgotten Realms—Dendar the Night Serpent and Kezef the Chaos Hound (based on the Midgard Serpent and Fenris Wolf from Norse Mythology).
  • Pathfinder:
    • Rovagug bears more than a slight resemblance to a centipede, albeit one large enough to undo creation. His "spawn" Chemnosit the Monarch-Worm takes after its father.
    • Kazavon, the draconic champion of Zon-Kuthon, was powerful and evil enough that killing him and splitting his soul into seven pieces still didn't erase him as a threat.
  • Exalted:
    • Many behemoths resemble gigantic monstrous versions of animals, which are implied to have come first; there are references to "animals and the behemoths they were based off of".
    • Most of the Yozis resemble gigantic environments with many also having forms that resemble strange and transcendent humans, but Isidoros usually has the form of a monstrous black boar with innumerable tusks, great many-lobed eyes and thick barbed hairs, so large that his hoof prints are canyons and his back brushed against the sun, moon and stars.
    • This is a possible fate for chimeric Lunar Exalted.
  • Magic: The Gathering: Phyrexia has strange ideas about what constitutes a creature, Green-aligned New Phyrexia in particular. As a matter of habit, Phyrexia swaps and recycles body parts between organisms, living or dead, organic or otherwise, with little regard for whether or not what they're making actually needs those parts. For example, the Rot Wolf; if you look closely, you can see that it does not contain any actual wolf.
  • The Amkhata from Mummy: The Curse are what happened when somebody rather broken decides to make an undead servitor from the bodies of several animals, usually ones sacred to the lost empire of Irem. What they get is a chimeric monstrosity that can exist in and out of reality and endlessly hunts for Sekhem, the very energy that powers mummies.
  • Some of the Mysteries in Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine manifest in animalistic forms, most notably Typhon (a giant snake, not related to Chuubo) and Hedge the Fang (an eyeless, skinless cat). There are also the horses of the Riders, whose nature is unclear.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse says that, back in the old days, Banes would possess animals to create bestial fomori to serve as siege engines; this is where legends like the manticore came from. In the modern days, however, human fomori tend to be less conspicuous.
  • Some demons in Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 resemble animals, like Flesh Hounds, Juggernauts (metal rhinos), and Screamers (flying manta rays). The best examples are Lords of Change, giant humanoid birds that are so powerful they're considered omnipotent and omniscient, only losing whenever Tzeentch feeds them false visions.

    Video Games 
  • Dragon Age: Origins:
    • Witherfang, the giant wolf commanding a tribe of werewolves, is presented to you as one of these at first. It turns out, however, that it is merely a wolf body possessed by the spirit of the forest it lives in—and one of the most human characters in the entire game.
    • The Old Gods of the Tevinter Imperium count as these, especially after being transformed into Archdemons by the Taint. The Old Gods supposedly taught the Tevinter Magisters the secrets of Blood Magic, and making offerings at the altars of the supposedly long-dead ones still rewards worshippers with gifts of power. While the Archdemons look like a mix of Darkspawn and Dragon, they are something else entirely. This is why weapons that do extra damage to Darkspawn/Dragons are not especially effective against the Archdemon in the first game.
  • The Beast in chapter one of The Witcher is a huge dog-shaped manifestation of the collective sins of an entire village, materialized to haunt and terrorize them.
  • A lot of the monsters from Silent Hill resemble animals. Dogs, bird-bat things, roaches, ant-eaters, and even friggin' moths have all been demonstrated. They're especially common in the first game, where the monsters represent the fears and anxieties of a young child.
  • Asura's Wrath:
    • The Golden Spider, who is actually Chakravartin in disguise.
    • The Gohma resemble demonic versions of various animals with black skin and massive red veins all over their bodies and the smallest and weakest one of them is a gorilla.
  • The Liir of Sword of the Stars resemble dolphins or whales with a number of features from other sea creatures (fur, tentacles, negligible senescence...) and Psychic Powers, but most of them are simply Starfish Aliens. The Suul'ka, on the other hand are bigger than most starships, feed on the life-forces of planets, are summoned from the black depths of space where they slumber by mass sacrifices, and have a method of "teaching" their followers via direct telepathic contact that is almost always fatal for the follower. They're actually incredibly ancient Liir gone mad with power who've decided to take the Galactic Conqueror route.
  • A lot of The Legend of Zelda bosses are grotesque animal-like monstrosities created or warped by dark magic. Queen Gohma from Ocarina of Time, Gohma from The Wind Waker, and Armogohma - specifically its true form - from Twilight Princess are grotesque arthropod-like abominations. The Final Boss of Phantom Hourglass is quite obviously based on the giant squid. Makes sense, since its greatest enemy is a whale god, who may or may not also qualify.
    • While Ganon is usually portrayed as a sorcerous Pig Man, his Twilight Princess incarnation is a far more bestial boar-like monstrosity.
    • In Breath of the Wild, Ganon's final form goes even further with the abomination approach; on top of taking the boar-like appearance and making it an amalgamation of gel-like Malice, it's also stated to be the result of Ganon giving up on proper reincarnation into a physical body with an intelligent personality for the sake of destroying Hyrule with its uninhibited power. Its Boss Subtitles even label this monstrosity "Hatred and Malice Incarnate."
  • Pokémon:
    • The three legendary birds, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are a trinity of giant birds who possess godlike control over ice, lightning and fire respectively. There's only one of each in existence and it's strongly implied that they're immortal, with their true origins unknown.
    • Lugia and its counterpart Ho-Oh also qualify. The former is a sort of half-dragon half-bird looking creature with Psychic Powers and a godlike control over the sea. The latter is a gigantic phoenix with the power to raise the dead—indeed, it created a trio of more animalistic abominations by doing exactly that, resurrecting three Pokémon that perished in a fire into the three legendary beasts Raikou, Entei and Suicune.
    • Mew is a cute, catlike creature that is said to have been the progenitor of all Pokemon, as such having the ability to learn every possible move that a Pokemon can learn, even some exclusive ones like Transform. Its clone, Mewtwo, is similarly powerful but is also an experiment that went horrifically wrong.
    • Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina personify time, space and anti-matter, and Reshiram, Zekrom and Kyurem were once a single dragon who may or may not have come from space, and all are distinctly animalistic in appearance, even if they don't necessarily resemble and Earth animals.
    • Arceus is described as a creator deity, created Dialga, Palkia, Giratina and the Lake Trio and is effectively a god within the Pokemon universe. It also takes the form of a hoofed animal.
    • Groudon and Kyogre are astoundingly old, slumber in places well beyond the reach of humans, and can literally shape the world with their powers, and awakening them constitutes an apocalyptic event that could quite possibly wipe out all life on the planet. Rayquaza, meanwhile, is their mediator, which is to say that when those two have their squabbles, it swoops in to break it up and keep the planet from being flooded or reduced to a barren rock, and while it doesn't have the Walking Wasteland attributes of the other two, it's still frighteningly powerful and beyond the reach of humans. Groudon vaguely looks like a dinosaur, Kyorge resembles a whale and Rayquaza is a Chinese dragon.
    • Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde from Pokémon X and Y are similar to Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza in that they also slumber and their awakening changes things in the world. However, Xerneas is a far more benevolent example then other examples listed here, although its appearance and powers are certainly "Eldritch". Xerneas resembles a deer, Yveltal is bird-like and Zygarde usually resembles a large serpent. Usually because its actually made up of smaller creatures and the more of them comprise the whole, the larger and stronger the form.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon introduce a number of beings known as Ultra Beasts, denizens of an Eldritch Location known as Ultra Space. They arrive into the Pokémon via Ultra Wormholes. These being also possess powers that make them incredibly dangerous to humans and Pokémon alike. It turns out that Ultra Beasts are in fact Pokémon themselves and the reason they're so dangerous is the fact that they're disoriented by traveling into an alien dimension against their wills and are also overflowing with energy from the Ultra Wormholes.
    • Also introduced in Sun and Moon are the box legendaries Solgaleo and Lunala. They also come from Ultra Space and have the ability to travel between dimensions as well. Cosmog and Cosmoem evolve into either Solgaleo and Lunala and are also theorized to be Ultra Beasts as well.. Another Pokémon, Necromza is a giant black... Crystal thing. It might be an Ultra Beast, but its relationship to them is sketchy.
    • Type: Null, also from Sun and Moon is an artificial Pokémon created from various Pokémon to adapt to virtually any situation. As such, it possesses features such as a fish tail, front legs that resemble a bird's feet, and scales on its hind legs.
    • An unintentional example: the glitch pokemon Charizard 'M from Pokémon Red and Blue looks like a gigantic Charizard, but the game believes it's actually the "CANCEL" button (As they share an index number), and can cause a multitude of effects that can fall under Violation of Common Sense, such as merging Pokemon, changing species of other Pokemon and preventing NPCs from seeing the player's party. When fighting against one, it's likely that it will have an enormous amount of HP (So much that the HP bar wraps around the screen). Not only that, but it tends to appear alongside glitch trainers that resemble Red in a certain glitch, and said trainers can have a glitch AI that crash the game if they try to do something. And in Pokémon Green, it has Psyduck's cry.
  • The patron abomination of The Church of A'zqr, the Eternal Bleeding Jackal Skull as seen in one of the Parody Commercials in the Facebook version of You Don't Know Jack.
  • In Deadly Premonition, according to Word of God Willie the Dalmatian is an entity of the Red Room much like Forrest Kaysen.
  • In Kingdom Hearts lore, all beings whose hearts become tainted with the power of Darkness become Heartless monsters. Most Heartless are mindless beasts with no resemblance to their original self. Very rarely, a Heartless will retain its original form and mind. The two canon examples of this are the human Big Bad Xehanort... and, thanks to The Power of Hate, the lion Scar.
  • The Alpaca in Alpaca Evolution becomes increasingly Lovecraftian as it assimilates other alpacas, angels, and even God.
  • The animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy's, especially Golden Freddy. They are robot animal mascots that are heavily implied to be possessed by the souls of murdered children. Golden Freddy, as well as the "shadow" enemies in the sequel, are able to suddenly appear from nowhere, and fade away like ghosts, and can cause the game to crash. The regular robot animals in the game have other strange behavior. Most of them never or rarely move when you are watching them until they actually reach you, as though they always know when you can see them regardless of if you are watching then in person or through the camera.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has Barbas, who looks like a big friendly dog. He also happens to be an aspect of the Daedra Prince Clavicus Vile, specifically his conscience and companion as Barbas tries his best to not get his master to massively hose the poor sap who made a deal with the Daedric Prince of Wishes and Trickery.
  • Tangerine Tycoon has the "Tangerine Cat", which is a science-defying breed of black cat that spontaneously generates tangerines from thin air. Apparently, they don't sleep and are Uncanny Valley, according to the Thought Box.
  • While most of the demons in classic Doom, Doom 2, and Doom 3 are either humanoid or more abstract in form, the Guardian of Hell is outright reptilian in appearance. Word of God (The Making of Doom 3) has it that the idea behind its appearance was essentially a dinosaur's concept of what a demon would look like.
  • In Fallen London, the Starveling Cat is practically Horror Hunger incarnate, can and will rip off your hand effortlessly if you try to pet it, and while most of its more horrific moments are Played for Laughs, if you start seeking a certain being's name, you'll find the damn thing is connected to one of the most nightmarish entities in the Neath, and even takes some traits from it.
  • Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion has Specimen 8, which is a floating deer-like monster resembling a Wendigo garbed in a cloak and without limbs of any kind. It is able to go through walls and provides the player with some Interface Screw in the form of static, as well as various images popping up whenever it manages to deal damage. It attacks prey by absorbing them into it, with its past victims being seen under its cloak. Unlike most other examples, Specimen 8 directly addresses the player as it gives chase, speaking with Voice of the Legion.
  • SCP - Containment Breach has two SCP examples. SCP-939, a red voice-changling that will use the voice of one of its past victims to fool you into following it. Then there is the guardian of The Lost Woods, a large cat-like creature with Supernatural Gold Eyes that will attempt to claw you to death.
  • The Mass Effect 3 DLC Leviathan introduces the Leviathans themselves, ancient Mind Controlling Starfish Aliens that resemble half-a-kilometer-tall cuttlefish.
  • Darkest Dungeon: The Ancestor's forays into extraplanar summoning and blood rituals all had pigs as the practice subjects, resulting in a veritable truckload of porcine abominations he later locked up in the warrens, leaving you to deal with them all. The Swine King (the best summoning he could manage; it was a beast alright, but also too stupid to be useful) and the Formless Flesh (what happened when he threw all his collective mistakes in this area into a pit, and they merged together) are the worst.
  • Persona 5: Exploited. Team Pet Morgana is a shapeshifting entity that can move between a regular housecat, a Super-Deformed Funny Animal, and a Citroën H Van. He can only be understood by those who have entered the Mental World of the Collective Unconscious, an Eldritch Location he has in-depth knowledge on. His backstory reveals he was created from those same collective human desires by one of the Powers That Be to help the heroes stop an Eldritch Abomination out to eat reality.
  • In Crusader Kings II, with the optional supernatural events on, players can achieve immortality and get immortal rivals that will attempt to kill them. For insane characters, that rival could be Incitatus, an immortal horse whose centuries of life have made him far more intelligent than most humans.
  • Darksiders: Four of the Chosen were monstrous beings that resembled Earth animals with gigantic proportions: Tiamat was a giant bat, the Stygian is a massive sand worm, Sillitha was a Giant Spider while the Griever vaguely resembled a praying mantis, only even more terrifying. While employed as Hell's generals, they are not demons themselves but something far older natives from the Abyss that were summoned by the Destroyer to serve him.

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  • We Are All Pokémon Trainers has ♨č▒⢫╠␣☣ł₤舸▟, or the Glitch Nidorino, a representation of the fear of death that merely takes the appearance of the first being it encounters in the material world, in this case being Vinollo the Nidorino. Luckily unlike most other Glitches it's friendly if its mission isn't to beat the fear of death into you.
  • There Will Be Brawl: The final form of the not-of-this-earth Mr. Game and Watch is an octopus.
  • The SCP Foundation has contained a number of these, some of the most notable being SCP-1055, SCP-682, SCP-334 and SCP-953. Almost everything with the "animal" tag qualifies as one of these.
  • Whateley Universe: Way too many of the animal-like things in "Tennyo Goes to Hell", given where the story takes place.
  • Welcome to Night Vale: The Beagle Puppy in Year Four. He seems cute at first, but as he made more appearances it became clear that he was more than what he seemed. As the year went by it was revealed that Chad had summoned the Puppy, and that the Puppy was responsible for the Strangers coming to Night Vale. Everyone who looks at him gets the sudden urge to get a dog along with an unending need to vomit. In Who's a Good Boy? Part 1, Cecil has the misfortune of seeing what may be his true form, standing on his hind legs and a not quite dog-like face and a horrifying voice. The kicker: his words imply, if not outright state, that he is Satan himself.
  • Night Mind: Host Nick Nocturne has been depicted as a "Four-eyed cat, two green eyes and two purple eyes" though his fan art, however, recently he's taken on a new form as a rabbit with three eyes (one purple, two green), due to maddening results.
  • RWBY: The world of Remnant has the Creatures of Grimm, which essentially resemble animals (and a few mythological beasts) but are much larger, and covered in black fur and white plates with red markings. Their bodies disintegrate when they die, they are drawn to negative emotions like a magnet, hunt exclusively humanity (not that they need to, as they apparently never eat food), and they can live for centuries and never stop growing, as well as always getting smarter. No one on Remnant really knows what they are or where they came from either, because they've been hunting humanity for as long as anyone can remember.
    • Volume 4 gives one explanation for their existence, but it remains to be seen how much is true and how much is a result of Shrouded in Myth. Supposedly the Grimm were created by a God of Darkness to destroy everything his brother the God of Light had created, at that time including just plants, animals, and water. The feud ended when they agreed to make something together: humanity itself.
  • Many of the creatures from the Sandsverse are hinted to be more than just animals that sell random substances and troll each other. Horace, the Boar of the North, for example, shows his age as a boar superimposed on a chart of the universe's life cycle.
  • Sock from the Sock Series is a heavily stylized, smiling hamster... oh, and he's a reality-warping God of Evil.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has a couple of the spirits, including Koh, a giant centipede with a face that can change from human to animal to just about anything. And Wan Shi Tong, a giant owl with an extendable neck.
  • The Legend of Korra continues this trend with the spirits of light and dark, Raava and Vaatu, which resemble gigantic flatworms. Also, many Dark spirits have more or less vaguely animalistic forms, which counts.
  • In Adventure Time it's eventually revealed that Jake the Dog is essentially this. He was born from a shapeshifting alien giving his father Joshua a Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong, which is why he has shapeshifting/sizeshifting powers.