Attack of the Killer Whatever
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For my 307th book, uh... this couple is attacked by... uh... (looks at a desk)
a lamp monster! Oooooooo! Editor:
You're not even trying anymore, are you? King: (waving a desk lamp)
Rawr! Rawr! Editor: (sigh) When can I have it?
If you can think of something, there's probably a B-grade horror movie about it trying to kill a bunch of people. You name it. Snowmen, ice cream men, Santa Claus
, trucks, boats, lifts, chairs, computers
, video games
, clocks, toilets, vacuum cleaners, laundry machines (three of these, actually), condoms, rabbits
, birds, bees, ticks, sharks, barracudas, flying fish, eggs, tires, tomatoes (four-movie series
with a remake in the works), pieces of dry toast, leprechauns, triffids, frogs, snails, puppy dog tails... and anything that you're not usually scared of.
At the very least, if there's not a horror movie based around it, there's surely a horror short story or episode of an anthology horror series about it.
A caveat: if it's a killer animal, there's about a 70% chance that it'll also be giant. If it grows too large, it becomes Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
Often, the titles of such films will be quite self explanatory
Compare Everything Trying to Kill You
. Depending on the object/animal, can overlap with Nightmare Fuel
or Paranoia Fuel
. Depending on the execution, can overlap with Narm
instead. Also can overlap with Our Monsters Are Weird
if the object is esoteric enough. For less exciting Real Life
examples, see My Little Panzer
and No Product Safety Standards
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Anime and Manga
- Unlike the Monsters of the Day from previous seasons, the Daimons/Heart Snatchers from Sailor Moon S were normal objects infected with a Daimon egg/pod and transformed into monstrous beings female in appearance. Said objects included a sport car, a vacuum cleaner, a violin, a train, a script for a TV show, a star projector (this episode was skipped during the show's first run on Cartoon Network due to the resulting daimon resembling a scantily clad carnival dancer◊) just to name a few.
- Hack Slash: parasitic twin foetuses and cartoon chipmunks bring in some variety from the normal slashers and serial killers—who are all pretty weird in of themselves.
- There was also the story about the high-tech snowblower that "ate" pets.
- To get it out of the way, a lot of these movies are either produced by or eventually air on the Sci Fi Channel.
- Alien (the first movie) is about a mindless killer extraterrestrial lurking in the shadows of a spaceship, picking people off one by one, and going "boo" every once in a while.
- Terminator: the first three movies are about a mother and/or son being hunted by a killing machine (literally) sent back in time to eliminate the protagonists and change the future.
- As mentioned in Literature below, Maximum Overdrive! Practically every mechanical object known to man turns on their creators after earth passes through the tail of a mysterious comet...or was it the flying saucer that the military shot down in the epilogue? Apparently the test screen of a scene of a boy getting ran over by a steamroller actually made George Romero throw up.
- Man's Best Friend is a film about a killer mutant puppy. A ridiculously cute one, at that.
- The Leprechaun horror movie franchise, Lucky Charms commercials Gone Horribly Wrong.
- The infamous Jack Frost (1997) movies (not the one with Michael Keaton), about a snowman whose snow is infused with the DNA of a murderer. Includes a scene where the titular snowman rapes and kills a woman in the shower with his carrot.
- That woman? Shannon Elizabeth. And now you know... the rest of the back-story. Good day!
- Stay Alive is just one of many movies about killer videogames. One wonders how such a game gets out of beta testing...
- Strictly speaking, that one didn't until the very stupid ending anyway.
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space — try saying the title with a straight face. This one was deliberately stupid, however.
- In the Japanese Mind Screw horror movie Hausu everything from a piano to pillows to a lampshade, to the titular ''House'', all because the Auntie eats young female virgins to keep herself young while she waits for her boyfriend to come home from WWII. The little problem? He died in the war. She received the news but didn't believe it. Oh, and she's also dead.
- Probably the quintessential "killer toy" movie is Child's Play, which earned four sequels.
- The Gingerdead Man involves a serial killer coming back as a homicidal animated cookie.
- However, the killer in question is Gary Busey, so the monster is less terrifying than the person.
- Somewhere in the region of 50% of Full Moon productions; they're most famous for milking the Puppet Master series (killer puppets) for all it's worth.
- Classically bad horror movie The Car is almost impossible to be horrified by, simply because the writing constantly reminds you how stupid the premise is. It reaches its logical extreme when the protagonist tells his wife, "Lock the kids in their rooms... the car is in the garage."
- Which is a shame, because the actual car was a custom-designed genuinely evil-looking thing that deserved a better movie to appear in.
- A better example would be Christine, wherein it's actually scary.
- The Burgess Meredith film Torture Garden featured a sequence about a killer piano.
- The 1977 film Death Bed: The Bed That Eats was about... guess what? A killer bed.
- Patton Oswalt has a very profane, very funny routine about this movie in which he threatens to write and produce a movie called Rape Stove: The Stove That Rapes People.
- The Killer Shrews—Which looks even sillier than it sounds, since it's so obvious that the 'shrews' are actually Collie dogs in bad makeup.
- 1977 saw Kingdom of the Spiders, with William Shatner fighting billions of homicidal poisonous but normal-sized tarantulas. Normally, they are giant when they do such things.
- Given some of the other examples on this page, the 1978 horror movie spoof Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! seems almost sensible in comparison.
- Black Sheep, a horror movie about killer ... wait for it ... sheep. Though this one is a Horror/Comedy.
- Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is an early example.
- Leiningen Versus the Ants is arguably a part of this genre.
- Killer Condom - And the condoms were designed by H. R. Giger, creator of the Alien. Confused yet?
- Japanese film Battle Heater is about the rampage of a small electric space heater.
- Snakes on a Plane could arguably follow this trope.
- Frogs (kinda stupid since most of the victims meet their demise from animals other than frogs - turtles, lizards, snakes, spiders, alligators, birds, crabs and butterflies!)
- Slugs, has maneating slugs mutated by toxic waste.
- Squirm, with its masses of biting worms.
- The Brain — about a giant killer brain. Really.
- That's not the only killer brain film. We also have The Brain From Planet Aros and Fiend Without a Face.
- The Ring. Killer videotapes! (Okay, it's a ghost USING a videotape, but...)
- The killer roach flick from the '80s called The Nest.
- Damnation Alley features killer cockroaches in one scene.
- As does Creepshow, which did it really well.
- A killer electromagnetic pulse causes appliances in a suburban neighborhood house to go all homicidal in the film called Pulse (a film from the 80's)
- The creep factor on Pulse was way up, especially due to the shower scene, because none of the appliances seemed to really be doing anything unexpected. It's actually quite plausible that your sink wouldn't stop running, or your water heater would get broken and the temperature would rise to scalding, or the washing machine/TV could give you a fatal shock.
- Attack of the Killer Refrigerator and, in a similar vein, a film titled simply The Refrigerator. Its so corny, its So Bad, It's Good, its the fridge from hell's logic!
- The Mangler (based on a short stroy published in the collection Night Shift), a killer laundry machine.
- Monsturd, followed by its sequel RetarDEAD.
- There is apparently a movie about a book that when anybody read it they vanished into the book and it added a new story or chapter. A title would be nice.
- Monster House. It's right there in the title.
- The film The Lift is centered around a killer elevator ("For God's sake, take the stairs").
- The Rats (2002). A clan of evil rats overtakes a Manhattan department store and threatens to overrun the city. Proof that B-movies are not restricted to the 1950s.
- There was a similar film called Deadly Eyes back in the '80s, where mutated rats attack random people in a city.
- There's Willard and its sequel Ben, both about killer rats.
- Ticks, horror movie where cat-sized ticks in a forest jump on people and cause Body Horror.
- A short parody of Night of the Living Dead called... Night of the Living Bread.
- Fishes. Sharks, yes, it goes without saying. For attacks of man-eating piranhas see the movie Piranha. Even flying fish can be turned into killers, eagerly propelling themselves out of the water and flying toward party-goers at a beach party to... bite their necks?
- But for normal sea-life transformed into vicious carnivorous killers, look no further than the Italian C-movie Plankton (1994) (a.k.a. Creatures from the Abyss, a.k.a. Sea Devils), where feeding on plankton poisoned by toxic waste has mutated fishes so that they can jump out of the water and eat sailors and a bunch of dumb tweens on a yacht. Nom, nom, nom.
- Razorback is a 1984 film about a large man-eating feral pig rampaging through the Australian Outback.
- The natural insanity of humankind is perhaps exemplified by the fact that there is actually more than one movie about psychotic ice cream men. Something Awful reviews two of them. Both are somehow even more idiotic than they needed to be.
- One-Eyed Monster is a film about a killer penis. We wish we were was making this up.
- Killdozer. Yes, an evil killer bulldozer. Sounds like the perfect date for Christine. It gets its evil via alien-life from another galaxy.
- The Shaft: Another killer elevator.
- To anyone with a passing familiarity with statistics, it's odd that killer elevator movies are everywhere, with no movies about sentient, murderous stairs (which are actually far more likely to kill you from falling injuries)
- I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle. A shape-shifting, murderous motorcycle terrorizes Bob the Builder in Birmingham in this 1990 B-movie. Not quite Exactly What It Says on the Tin in that the titular motorbike is actually a demon-possessed Norton Commando, but still awesome.
- Best line (as they stand round its dead remains) What sort of bike was it? Norton Commando. Funny they're usually so reliable
- Lightning Strikes: The Sci Fi Channel presents killer lightning.
- ...as opposed to the regular, non-killing type of lightning?
- Orca - Our adorable Shamu turned vengeful and bloodthirsty.
- 1977's Day of the Animals - Probably the KING of this trope! There are wolves, dogs, rats, snakes, hawks, owls, mountain lions, and bears! Oh my!
- Attack of the Sabertooth Oh no! A crazy saber-toothed cat is running amok in the forest! Even more oh no! They somehow convinced John Rhys-Davies to do this movie!
- Frog-g-g! - also about frogs, but played humorously with a mutated frog having sex with female humans.
- Mae bia - Thai film about a family attacked by a deadly cobra.
- Mammoth - A meteor, bearing an alien, crash lands on a museum and resurrects the bones of a Mammoth. It rampages around and kills people by stepping on them. Beware his soul-sucking trunk of doom!
- Killer Kitties:
- Strays (1991)
- The Uncanny (1977)
- Black Cat (1981)
- Eye of the Cat (1969)
- Uninvited (1988). It's about a mutant cat that hides inside another cat and it is played by a handpuppet.
- The Night of a Thousand Cats (1972)
- The Red Shoes 2005 - South Korean horror movie about evil, possessed high heel shoes. See here. Possibly related to the fairytale of the same name.
- The Wig. When it comes to horror, there really is no limit on what the subject could be.
- The Giant Claw. Earth is attacked by a Giant Antimatter Space Buzzard.
- The Mad: Both Attack of the Killer Beef Patties and zombies (the people who ate said patties when they were made into hamburgers)! It's a horror comedy.
- Jumanji was a movie about both a killer boardgame and a killer jungle where everything's trying to kill you.
- The Food of the Gods and its sequel. The first included giant wasps and rats attacking people on an island. The second featured giant rodents as well only they ran wild in a city, attacking everything they could find.
- Quentin Dupieux's Rubber: A film about an angry car tire (no really) with deadly psychokinetic powers, rolling down the desert exploding the heads of anyone it doesn't like. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
- Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead: Played for all the squick, potty humor, gorn, and black comedy it's worth.
- Night of the Lepus. It's a movie about GIANT KILLER RABBITS. And they're adorable real bunnies jumping around in little sets, and then closed-up for maximum dramatic effect. You've never witnessed terror until you see a furball gnawing ketchup.
- Road Train (Road Kill outside Australia) A movie about a spirit/demon possessed road train roaming the Australian Outback and demanding blood for fuel.
- The Japanese horror film Premonition (unrelated to the Sandra Bullock-starring psychological drama of the same name) is about a killer newspaper. The newspaper predicts peoples' deaths before they happen by way of the obituary section. The trailer alone was so disturbing that a mother wrote in to a local, uh, newspaper, complaining that the trailer should not have been screened on jumbotrons in the middle of crowded streets. She was probably very right.
- Topless Robot had a list about ridiculous monsters called "Ten Creatures That Have No Business Starring in Horror Flicks", this included infected fetus cows from 2005's Isolation, the bloodthirsty sheep from the horror comedy Black Sheep, radiated deep sea worms from Deep Rising, goblin sharks from Malibu Shark Attack, giant shrews in 1959's The Killer Shrews, badly CG animated beetles from Caved In: Prehistoric Terror, a giant Slurpasaur style gila monster from Exactly What It Says on the Tin The Giant Gila Monster, and humongous grasshoppers from The Beginning of The End.
- The Mailman ("Pray you're not on his route!")
- From Noboru Iguchi, Dead Sushi. Bunch of killer sushi.
- The later Amityville Horror sequels featured such things as evil lamps, mirrors, and dollhouses.
- The demonic turkey from Thanks Killing.
- The 1989 horror-comedy Blades involves killings at a country club that turn out to be caused by a killer lawnmower.
- The Paper Boy ("He's bad news!") Surprisingly unrelated to the aforementioned film The Mailman.
- And now there's Rosewood Lane, another evil paper boy flick.
- The giant snail creatures from The Monster That Challenged the World.
- Rectuma. It's about a giant ass, and we don't mean a donkey (though that would also be strange).
- There's actually three slasher films about evil baseball players - The Catcher, Billy Club and Devon's Ghost: Legend of the Bloody Boy.
- Taken to the next level with maneating hamburgers in this animated short, "Hambuster".
- Paper Jam is a short film about killer printers. You read that right.
- Jaws, and it's Sequels. A Giant great white shark starts killing swimmers at the resort town of Amity. Eating people whole even. The Mayor tries to cover it up, but as the situation gets more and more dangerous a team looks into it and start hunting the shark. The sequels introduce new sharks, and the final film has a shark targeting the Ellen Brody character's family as "revenge".
- Duel a 1971 made for TV movie directed by Steven Spielberg about a terrified motorist stalked on a lonely and remote road by a grimy and rusty 1955 Peterbilt 281 tanker truck. Spielberg intentionally made the truck driver a mostly unseen character so the audience would see the truck as the true antagonist.
- Sharknado combines this with Disaster Movie in premise so preposterous that no one will be afraid of the dark, or water, or wind, as a result of it.
- Due to the PCP in the city's water supply all manner of animals have gone crazy in Wild Beasts, mostly bic cats from the local zoo.
- The Brass Teapot is about an evil magical teapot. It’s implied to have brought down nations and empires.
- Killer Mermaid (aka Nymph) is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Some of the grimoires turn people into other tomes (thus killing them) in Pratchett's Discworld.
- There's a short story in one of the Alfred Hitchcock story collections that uses that plot.
- Terry Pratchett also used a swarm of "killer" rats, with the rat-king in The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. The titular rodents themselves (as well as Maurice, a talking cat) are all good guys, though.
- The Day of the Triffids. In the film version, the only thing that gives the immobile killer plants a fighting chance is the fact that the meteor shower on which they arrive also blinds nearly everyone on Earth. In the original novel, it's a bit more sensical, as they were, when fully-grown, just barely mobile... and the focus wasn't on them, but on the reaction of the survivors to the apocalypse to which the plants contributed, and the humans' attempts to cope. They didn't invade — people were farming them for their commercially-useful oil, then the strange blindness-causing meteor shower eliminates the ability to keep them from being a danger, and they started rampaging. It's still a good movie, though.
- It isn't the only Attack of the Killer Whatever that John Wyndham wrote, either: Web, the inspiration for/prequel to the Arachnophobia movie(s) involves an island full of mutated spiders that are: a) more poisonous; b) have fangs/mandibles that are stronger and sharper than normal; c) more intelligent and d) have a rabidly cannibalistic, yet simultaneously highly co-operative society that apparently crosses species barriers. Oh, and some of them are as big as dogs. This troper wasn't particularly bothered by spiders before then, and it has taken many years to get even close to his pre-Web state.
- H.P. Lovecraft's The Cats of Ulthar had a similar premise. Although it was pretty cool.
- Stephen King seems to be the master of this:
- The short story "Trucks" in which evil trucks conquer the earth. Later turned into the film Maximum Overdrive.
- Christine, the infamous story of a homicidal (and rather possessive) car.
- And From a Buick 8, which is about another evil car. Only this one isn't so much possessed as it is... wrong.
- The Mangler, which was spun off into a trilogy of movie adaptations - that's right, three movies about a killer laundry press. It's immobile, too, so it comes down to people being stupid enough not to learn to keep from walking up to the damn thing. Although the original short story implies the thing does become mobile, in a Twist Ending.
- In various Stephen King short stories, he has had people attacked by novelty chattering teeth, paintings, a toy monkey, evil toads... If it can be seen as even vaguely creepy by anybody in the Western world, chances are it's killed somebody in a Stephen King story.
- In John Byrne's Fearbook, a catalogue that arrives in the mail convinces people to kill others or themselves.
- There is actually a book called Attack of the Killer Potatoes, according to the Other Wiki. The tomatoes should sue.
- The political satire The Year of the Angry Rabbit by Russell Braddon. The rabbits are infected with a highly-toxic (to humans) strain of myxomatosis. Rather than trying to wipe them out however, the Australian government is more than happy to possess the most feared biological weapon in the world. Inspired the movie Night of the Lepus.
- A mediocre local writer here in Singapore wrote a short story about killer hamburgers. Pissed at the protagonist because he switched his favorite food from burgers to fried chicken. At the end of the story, they Mind Control him in an unspecified manner in a form of And Then John Was a Zombie.
- Goosebumps books had dummies, lawn gnomes, egg monsters, and snowmen.
- Older Than Radio: "The Malice of Inanimate Objects" by M. R. James suggests that small accidents with everyday items (mentioning: the collar stud, the inkstand, the fire, the razor, the extra step on the staircase, the needle, the egg, the duck, the cat, the millstone...) are the result of the angry dead trying to exact revenge on the living. The particular example most of the story is dedicated to is a killer razor blade.
- Lewis Padgett's short story "The Twonky" is about a killer ... well ... twonky, which is a future appliance that looks like a console radio (and performs the functions of one, until it starts refusing to play certain music that it considers "harmful.") When the owners don't take well to its re-education attempts, things escalate.
- The Lord of the Rings has the Ents, sentient (and ambulatory) trees. They're good guys, but you definitely don't want to be on their bad side. The Huorns (trees that have become a bit ent-like, or ents that have become more tree-like, it seems to work both ways) are possibly even more dangerous, since they're less alert and easier to anger. And of course there's Old Man Willow.
Live Action TV
- Both Are You Afraid of the Dark?? and Goosebumps had suspiciously similar stories about killer cameras, and got the same actor to play the same role in both adaptations.
- An animated sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus introduces the Killer Cars, which hide behind poles and jump on unsuspecting pedestrians. The cars are defeated "thanks to the miracle of atomic mutation" by an enormous bipedal cat, which displaces them as the town's reigning terror. This monster is then defeated by a giant hand. Animator Terry Gilliam intended this sequence to be a parody of 1950s monster movies.
- Another of the show's animations has a house roaming about the countryside, gobbling people up through its doors, until it is found by "The House Hunters" ("These are house droppings... fresh ones, too!") who slap a Condemned notice on it, causing it to collapse.
- A sketch in another episode revolved around killer sheep.
- And the Science Fiction sketch has a killer blancmange from Outer Space, which turns people into Scotsmen.
- The vicious gangs of "Keep Left" signs from the "Hell's Grannies" sketch.
- The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail which rips peoples necks out, causing their heads to simply fall off.
- Doctor Who:
- The episode "Rose" has Mickey attacked by a man-eating wheelie bin.
- "The Christmas Invasion" has the protagonists come under threat from a Christmas tree.
- And then there are the attack of the killer statues and attack of the killer shadows.
- Not to mention attack of the killer dress-shop mannequins.
- The Nestene Consciousness encourages this, due to being a horrible abomination with the ability to convert any items made out of plastic into murderous Autons. The 1971 episode "Terror of the Autons" has killer inflatable chairs, killer plastic daffodils, killer Brand X Troll-dolls, killer advertising eyesores... Robert Holmes cited his inspirations for the story as the preponderance of cheap disposable plastic fad items that began to really take off in the '70s, and realising you would only need four inches square of plastic sheet to suffocate someone.
- Killer plants ("The Seeds of Doom"), seaweed ("Fury From the Deep"), ventriloquist's dummy ("The Talons of Weng-Chiang"), Egyptian mummies ("Pyramids of Mars"). Killer satnavs ("The Sontaran Stratagem"), killer Wi-fi ("The Bells of St. John"), killer diet pills ("Partners in Crime"), killer televisions ("The Idiot's Lantern"), killer drawings ("Fear Her"). The Sarah Jane Adventures had killer energy drink.
- Monster Warriors had to deal - among other things - with a giant carnivorous butterfly that hypnotised people with its beauty, a living and very hungry blob, living radioactive junk (not that kind), giant (again) cockroaches, predatory vines, an army of giant frogs... Well, what do you expect from the show with a deranged and Brainwashed By Aliens ex-B-Movie director as a villain, anyway?
- The spoof horror show Garth Marenghi's Darkplace has a telekinetic attack by various implements, including an attack by a whisk. A later episode has an attack by a killer set of bagpipes.
- An episode of the early 90s American horror show called Monsters had an artist who owned a killer bed that ate his dates when he took them home, until he met a girl who had a killer fridge in her apartment, which then ate him. Played completely straight.
- There's a parody of Night of the Living Dead with the name "Night of the Living Bread"—it's an episode of a Claymation TV series called Bump in the Night has the two main characters going up against a mutated, ambulatory, semi-carnivorous slice of bread, which they finally beat by flinging peanut butter at it while it's standing on the edge of a cupboard so it falls onto the floor and sticks.
- Power Rangers has some truly bizarre monsters at times - it comes with having to do a new one every episode over years and years and years. Killer rhinos and robots? Standard fare. But go long enough and you get killer spray bottles, killer buses ("Everyone who's ever stuck gum under one of my seats is going to PAY for it now!!") killer lawnmowers, killer radios (several!), killer chickens, killer lanterns, walls, roulette wheels, baseball players, bowlers, fleas, hats, fire trucks, pumpkins (rapping pumpkins!)... there's nothing that hasn't battled a Megazord in the middle of town yet! With the possible exception of tomatoes.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a killer puppet except he was a good guy, a cursed demon hunter (The Puppet Show) and killer eggs (Bad Eggs). The spin-off show Angel also had killer puppets (Smile Time)
- Calvin and Hobbes:
- Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons! (see the page pic)
- Calvin's bike is also out to get him.
- And his baseball.
- His book once ate his homework and then attacked him, but he survived by breaking its spine.
- He's also had at least two run-ins with killer piles of autumn leaves.
- Once even his dinner came to life, grasped his fork, and tried to eat him.
- The Far Side has touched on this trope in several strips, including "Scene from the film Giraffes IV: This time, they're not just looking for acacia leaves."
Table Top Games
- Dungeons & Dragons gets a lot of mileage from this:
- There is an adventure that has a "library that turns patrons into books" plot. This plot also shows up in JAGS Wonderland.
- Cats crop up again in 3rd Edition housecats, which can, it has been famously pointed out, kill 1st level commoners.
- You have monsters that pretend to be the floor, monsters that pretend to be the ceiling, monsters that pretend to be walls, and mimics can pretend to be whatever the hell they feel like. It is entirely possible for an apparently unoccupied room to cause a Total Party Kill even without traps or invisibility.
- Killer rats showed up as a sentient rat hive-mind called the Us.
- One module had you attacked by a Gazebo, obviously from someone fed up of people attacking one without realising what it is.
- Angry Birds: Alfred Hitchcock's avian menace-with a motive!
- Nanashi no Game is about a killer 8-bit RPG.
- Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes
- Overlord: Raising Hell has Killer Pumpkins.
- The VGA remake of Quest for Glory II has the Pizza Elemental as a Bonus Boss, a giant killer pizza.
- A number of enemies in EarthBound could qualify for this trope: Killer hippies, road signs, fire hydrants, paintings, cars, cups of coffee, goats, Salvador Dali clocks....
- It says something about the game that Insane Cultists are some of the more reasonable enemies therein.
- Additionally, in the game's prequel MOTHER 1, the first enemy you face is a possessed lamp.
- Mother 3 as well, though it emphasizes chimera animals more, has a number of inanimate objects, like rocks and trees that can attack.
- The Final Fantasy series tends towards this in most games, with monsters ranging from squirrels to bunnies to cacti to tablewares to children's toys to doors and walls. In one game, the Big Bad was a tree.
- Invoked in The Curse of Monkey Island with the horror novel-loving gravedigger Mort, who is apparently writing his own horror story...titled "The Grog that Drank People".
- In Dwarf Fortress, carp is the deadliest animal ever found in water. Yeah, carp.
- Carp have since passed the torch of "deadliest aquatic animal" on to the even more hardcore, even more ridiculous indestructible killer giant sea sponges.
- The Dragon Quest series has this in spades, with everything from platypi to skewered bell peppers to pots and books.
- Tonic Trouble has killer vegetables, who even have their own headquarters.
- An advertised but not released game for the ZX Spectrum was going to be called Attack of the Mutant Zombie Flesh-Eating Chickens from Mars.
- Kingdom of Loathing is jam-packed with this; you can fight killer cans of tomatoes, blobs of burnt meat, and murderous macaroni, all in the same place. Elsewhere, not only are there homicidal desks, there are several different kinds of them. Deadly pinatas, calculators, wallpaper, constellations, hedges, snowmen...the list goes on.
- Apple Panic, a Space Panic clone by Brøderbund Software, had apples trying to kill you.
- The background of Tokyo Jungle has animals of all sorts, from housepets to farm animals to zoo animals, suddenly becoming more aggressive.
- Agent USA: Attack of the Killer Television.
- Team Fortress 2's short film "Expiration Date" features killer bread. Teleporting bread too much causes it to mutate into an angry sharp-toothed loaf of bread covered with spikes and green tumors. Four weapons inspired by the short consist of normal items reskinned to be made out of or including these little monsters. In the finale of "Expiration Date," the Soldier teleports a ridiculous amount of bread over the three days of the short, and ends up creating an enormous tentacled bread monster.
- The SCP Foundation has quite a lot of these, ranging from the silly to the surprisingly horrifying.
- SCP-743 is a chocolate fountain... that replenishes itself by releasing a swarm of ants that will cut up any organic material, alive or dead, and carry it back to the fountain. It has a tendency to favor humans that have consumed the chocolate from the fountain...
- The original SCP is 173, a bizarre-looking statue that can kill people if they aren't looking directly at it, not unlike the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who.
- I, SCP-426, am a killer toaster and also one of the most popular pages on the site. I kill people by making them think that they are toasters so that they kill themselves trying to do things that toasters do, like I, SCP-426, am doing right now to me, the troper that wrote this and to you too as you read this.
- SCP-1048 is a happy and adorable sentient teddy bear that likes to make copies of itself. Three of them exist, which are made of ears, a uterus, and scraps of rusted metal, respectively. Directly opposite of SCP-1048, they're murderous and inflict all kinds of Body Horror on others.
- Played for laughs with SCP-504, a species of tomato plant that kills people for making bad jokes by launching its fruit at them at high speed. It works with recordings, too.
- SCP-871 is a bunch of cakes that replicate endlessly if they are not eaten.
- SCP-002, the killer hotel room from outer space that contains furniture made of human materials.
- SCP-835 a colony of killer coral made from human flesh.
- This story is about a man gloating to an unspecified SCP about how in the Foundationverse Killer Whatevers don't win in the end the way they frequently seem to do in horror movies. The writer of this story was inspired to write this after watching a lot of Attack of the Killer Whatever films, including the movie Oculus.
- The Danny Phantom episode title, "Attack of the Killer Garage Sale". It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Technus uses machinery from Danny's garage sale to wreck havoc.
- In the Ace Ventura animated series, the folks of a small town in the forest are attacked by a were-moose.
- Jumanji has the title boardgame and a boardgame inside the boardgame called "Brantford: The Game" (which evokes another trope; Fill-in-the-blanks: The something), so you get a killer board game, a killer jungle, a killer city and a list of killer things in everything is trying to kill you.
- Bill Plympton did a short called Shuteye Hotel, which was about a killer pillow that bites off the head of anyone who sleeps on it.
- Kim Possible had an episode with evil snowmen animated by water from a toxic lake.
- The monkey ninjas, spliced animals made after a popular brand of mixed animal Cuddle-buddies, and Draken's girlfriend robots.
- The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XI had killer dolphins. Lenny was certainly surprised.
: [surrounded by fins] Sharks! The assassins of the sea
! [the dolphins stick their heads out of the water] Oooh. You're not sharks. You're dolphins. The clowns
of the sea.
- In other Halloween Simpsons also had the family dealing with killer cartoon characters (Itchy and Scratchy), a killer Crusty clown doll, a killer "evil" twin, killer giant advertising statues (like Lard Lad), killer cannibalistic teachers, killer bus gremlins, two killer houses (a supernatural one from I, and a robot house in XII), killer Homer clones, three cases of zombies (killer corpses of long-dead outlaws, zombies summoned by magic, and living humans turning into zombies from tainted hamburgers), killer blob (who happens to be a mutated Homer), killer golem, killer Transformer parodies, killer Pumpkin monsters, killer ghost celebrities, killer Jumanji parody, and a few alien invasions.
- A killer house appears in the same vein as Monster House in an episode of Extreme Ghostbusters entitled "Home is Where the Horror Is". Before that The Real Ghostbusters did it with "Mrs Faversham's Neighborhood".
- Parodied in Rocko's Modern Life with a fake B-movie called "The Do" (about a killer hairdo).
- Played for laughs in the Regular Show episode "Ello Gov'nor", where Rigby and Mordecai watch an old movie entitled Ello Gov'nor, about a killer British taxi. No, really.
- It even gives Rigby nightmares, to boot!
- ATTAAAAAAAAAACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES!!! No, really, they actually did make a cartoon series of it.
- An episode of American Dad!! had a homicidial hot tub voiced by Cee Lo Green, in a parody of Little Shop Of Horrors.
- Phineas and Ferb has "Day of the Living Gelatin", where a swimming pool full of grape gelatin is turned evil by one of Doofenshmirtz's inventions. The boys also get attacked by sentient potato-human hybrids in "Lotsa Latkes".
- Code Lyoko: since XANA's main abilitie rely on taking control of various things on Earth in order to attack the Lyoko-Warriors, it frequently made use of this trope: killer trees, a giant food monster, a giant teddy bear, laughing gas, an Alien-like prop, killer music, gas that petrifies people for some reason, a wild boar, electrified black sludge, an airplane (to be fair, the airplane was going to be used as a guided missle), small robot dogs, spheres that look like they came from Phantasm, a virus that spreads via cellphones...