It's about to add one more.
An excellent way to add some horror to a creature or show off how abominable your Eldritch Abomination
is. These monsters can be either made of various corpses "glued" together, or just being an amalgamation of random body parts disposed in a casual manner. Sometimes it can be the result of the villain of another creature absorbing his underlings or Devour the Dragon
in order to become much more powerful. Hence it can fit nicely for a One-Winged Angel
. Unlike Flesh Golem
(which is likely started as a sort of homage to the Frankenstein Monster), these kind of creatures tend to be "natural" (as in not artificially crafted), or the result of a One-Winged Angel
Sometimes related to Blob Monster
, often is the result of Appendage Assimilation
. See also Body Horror
and The Worm That Walks
. Super Trope
of Flesh Golem
Anime and Manga
- Naraku's true form is a giant mass of demonic body parts, with his human head dangling in the middle of it.
- In the manga, the Flesh-Eating Mask produce a large, blobbish body made from the various corpses of the people it ate.
- Another one is an ancient demon similar to Naraku and born in the same fashion, now sealed inside the Shikon Jewel.
- Another example is the Kodoku spell: Naraku locks a bunch of demons in a pit and force them to fight. The winner assimilates the body parts of the fallen, ending up in a giant, grotesque beast.
- Moryomaru's late forms are a mix of many different yokai merged together, and only his face is the same.
- In a filler from Naruto, three guys are merged together in a creepy-looking beast of flesh. Things get awful when two of the merged people go crazy and start eating themselves up.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Envy's true form is a massive green monster made of the souls of those used as Human Sacrifices to make the philosopher's stone that is basically its heart. You can see a picture of it here◊.
- Ichiro Ougi from Kekkaishi is revealed to be a human-shaped mass of flesh comprised of himself and four of his brothers.
- In Shaman King, Faust VIII turns every skeleton in a graveyard into a 20-Ton Calcium Giant. Even so, Ren dispatches it with ease.
- Gantz: One of the many forms of Nurarihyon was a gigantic body of a woman formed by several naked bodies of women.
- Even if it doesn't seem at a first glance, Mosquito's Form from Four Hundred Years ago is actually composed by eight thousands tiny bats, which he can use to storm his enemies and shreds them to pieces with ultrasounds. He actually mention that it's "the period where I was the most numerous" when describing this technique.
- This is what makes the Bokor so terrifying in Apocalypse no Toride. Using his voice, he's able to make the normally slow and mindless zombies contort themselves into a gigantic rock-solid mass capable of moving at disturbing speeds that can trample or tear apart enemies.
- Done in a slightly less gruesome manner in an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. One duelist had a deck centered around "Doll Chimera," a monster that cannot be defeated as long as its controller keeps sending Doll Parts to the grave when it's destroyed. As she sends more pieces, Doll Chimera adds them to its body, becoming one of these.
- One issue of X-Men contained a morlock with a power to increase his size and strength by forcibly fusing touched people into his body. In the end Jean Grey had to shut down his brain to save his victims.
- In an Alan Moore Swamp Thing story, the disembodied title character lands on the planet J586 and grows a vegetable body as per usual. However, all plant life in this world is sapient, and the resultant fusion of multiple minds within his own drives the Swamp Thing insane, until the planet's Green Lantern manages to disassemble him. Meanwhile, the experience of having their consciousnesses fused together permanently changes the outlook of many on J586, for better or worse.
- In the IDW crossover Infestation, the Elder God... thing from another dimension is a skull face made of human bodies.
- In John Dies at the End, a supernatural entity with a grudge against Marconi manifests as a hulking humanoid figure made out of all the meat, fish, and poultry in a basement freezer.
- Freddy from A Nightmare on Elm Street is sometimes revealed to have the screaming faces of his past victims embedded in his torso.
- In The Thing (1982), the Blair-Thing absorbs several people and gathers all its biomass into a twisted amalgam as a last-ditch survival effort.
- The Ur Example is probably the cover for Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, in which a crowned giant made of hundreds of people acts as an allegory of government.
- The Colossus of Ylourngne by Clark Ashton Smith features a giant zombie created out of hundreds of corpses by a mad necromancer in the Middle Ages to serve as a sort of undead Humongous Mecha.
- The Fykos beast created by the mad god Grizraz Hearteater in Tad Williams's Tailchasers Song is molded from the dead and dying bodies of hundreds of small animals.
- Graham Masterton's horror story Death Trance concerns Indonesian folklore, and the feared vampire/voudou spirits, the Leyaks. The Death Goddess, the Mistress of the Leyaks, takes the form of a huge distorted human figure which is made up of millions upon millions of souls she has captured and ensnared. The hero of the story thinks he sees faces he has known, billowing and writhing and screaming in her "hair", among untold others....the Death Trance of the title allows Balinese monks to physically enter the other world, at the price of possible capture by Leyaks and their mistress.
- In Feet of Clay, Lord Vetinari, his mind clouded by poison, draws a sketch of a human figure which on closer examination turnms out to be composed of hundreds and hundreds of smaller individual figures. It is left to the imagination as to what this represents, but a good guess, based on the similarity to the cover of Leviathan, is that this is his conception of the city of Ankh-Morpork, where millions of individual "cells" more or less function as a united whole - with Vetinari running the brain.
- Clive Barker's short story "In the Hills, the Cities" features the citizenry of two towns strapping themselves to form giants made of naked people to fight each other. It works as well as you'd expect for a story found in Books Of Blood.
- BIONICLE: In the Kingdom Alternate Dimension, Teridax first takes over Icarax's body and then absorbs the bodies of every Makuta that died afterwards, gaining their knowledge and mass and becoming an unrecognizable colossus.
- the Gashadokuro from Japanese myth is a giant skeleton formed from an entire village worth of starved townspeople.
- In the art book Drawing and Painting the Undead, a creature known as the Pripyat Beast is described, a horrific amalgam of mutated human and horse corpses fused together and re-animated, zombie fashion by the radiation, that do battle with the unfortunate Soviet cleanup squads, called "Hunters". It supposedly came around because of the Pripyat meltdown that sparked the Chernobyl Incidient.
- Said beast was drawn by a certain Keith Thompson and can be seen here on his gallery.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Corpse Gatherer which is basically animated graveyard, bodies, dirt and all. The corpse gatherer seeks to become bigger and more powerful by adding more corpses to its body, even if it has to make the corpses from the living.
- Charnel Hound is unsurprisingly, a huge hound made out of corpses. This creature kills living creatures and adds them to its body. See the page picture.
- Necronauts, while its description states that it seems to be made out of a pile of bones and corpses. Considering it is an undead that grows by adding bones and corpses to its body, it might be safe to assume that is indeed what made out of what it seems.
- In the Ravenloft setting, zombie golems and bone golems are created using the destroyed remains of several different (slain) zombies or animated skeletons as raw materials.
- In the Mystara setting, multiple non-animated skeletons are needed to produce that world's four-armed bone golems.
- Module X2 Castle Amber. While the PCs are in Averoigne they must defeat a hundred foot tall zombie colossus created out of hundreds of dead bodies. The creature was directly based on "The Colossus of Ylournge" by Clark Ashton Smith (see the Literature section above).
- Pathfinder has an undead called the Charnel Collossus, which is basically a huge undead monstrosity that was meant to be used as an un-living library, and is composed of an entire graveyards worth of "like-minded individuals". Imagine the Legion boss from Castlevania crossed with a centipede.
- One of the more random, weird monsters is called the Lookshy Rebel. It's the result of a magical backfire fusing the bodies (and minds?) of several guys into a Body Horror mess that wanders the streets of the city Lookshy, impotently trying to start a rebellion. It has Resurrective Immortality.
- Alongside the many hideous necrotech and Flesh Golem creations of the Deathlords and their Abyssal knights are the Spine Chains: legless torsos of many human skeletons fused together by shoving the head of each into the next one's ribcage. They crawl around like giant centipedes on their hands, wielding numerous weapons with their front "segments."
- In the Deadlands adventure The Unity, players face a psychically-charged, undead mass composed of several syker corpses.
- The sourcebook "Rascals, Varmints & Critters" introduces the undead 'Glom, which is literally a mass of corpses fused together and made ambulatory, as well as capable of absorbing more bodies into itself.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Evilswarm/Verz Azazaoth. "Worm Apocalypse", "Worm Dimikles", "Worm Falco", "Worm King", "Worm Rakuyeh", "Worm Tentacles", "Worm Warlord" and "Worm Victory" can be identified as being parts of the whole monster. While the merge of "Worms" to fuse "Worm Zero" is "clean," the "Worms" merged to make this monster are just jumbled up in a large group of mangled biomass.
- Vampire: The Masquerade gives us the Vohzd, a favorite creation of the Tzimisce whenever a lot of their enemies need to die. It's a war-ghoul made up of parts from at least twenty different individuals, human and animal, and basically directed towards the nearest cluster of enemies like a guided missile made of angry meat.
- Magic: The Gathering's Phyrexian Rebirth is about this. It destroys every (destroyable) creature and gives you a new one, with power/toughness equal to however many things it destroyed. The illustration is a huge, six-limbed skeleton made of more skeletons, towering over a field of yet more skeletons.
- In Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Melchiah and his spawn need to absorb flesh and corpses to survive. As a result, he's a massive, slug-like behemoth made from thousands of dead bodies.
- In Clive Barker's Jericho, the Behemoths are apparently made from countless corpses sewn together in a vague, beastly form.
- Legion in the Castlevania series is almost always depicted as a colossal being made from human corpses. Sometimes still screaming.
- Another Castlevania example: the final boss of Dawn of Sorrow, Menace: a giant made out of body parts. Even the battlefield you fight it on is made out of corpses.
- Argosax from Devil May Cry 2 is this combined with Blob Monster.
- Lluvia Bloodmire from Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II created several freaking monsters like those and kept them in her manor. Some of them (the humanoid ones) seems to be zombies (they can be damaged by Alissa's Turn Undead), while others seems to be "living beings".
- The Unburied from Diablo III are undead abominations composed of the bodies of humans thrown into mass graves without a proper burial which decomposed together into one hideous being bound by foul magic.
- The Final Boss from the second Splatter House game is one. The remake uses one too, with a variation: as it slowly moves towards you and your girlfriend, corpses fall from him, come back to life and attack you.
- In Clock Tower according to the manual, Dan's giant baby form is actually a shell of corpses and dead bodies.
- The Creature or "Princess" from TimeSplitters Future Perfect is a colossal undead monster seemingly made from different body parts glued together.
- Pypes' Beasts in Nightmare Creatures are hulking brute apparently made from this trope, judging from the extra arms and heads.
- In Dark Souls, Gravelord Nito is made up of humanoid skeletons.
- In Dark Souls II, The Rotten is made up of the Undead who were tossed into the Gutter and found their way to the Black Gulch. The Undead that make up the Rotten are still writhing and moaning in pain. In New Game+, the Rotten drops the Soul of the Old Dead One, a soul heavily implied to be Gravelord Nito's from the previous game.
- Genji has Kuyo summoning a huge monster made of human corpses merged together in one single being during her boss battle.
- Those annoying floating, soul-sucking Genma from Onimusha are composed of various skulls merged together.
- Centaurs from the Fallout series might count, they are not really a "pile" of bodies, but certainly consist of all kinds of different body parts (mostly arms, legs and heads). Piccy
- The Flood of Halo are a space-borne Zombie Apocalypse. They are led by a central intelligence called the Gravemind, who is made out of thousands of corpses and often speaks in Gratuitous Trochaic Septameter. According to The Forerunner Saga, particularly Halo: Silentium, this is taken even further: the Flood themselves are formed of the ashes of the Precursors, and the Gravemind has the memory of every single thing that has taken part in itself, including every Flood form it speaks through. This means that the Gravemind is a body of trillions of bodies throughout the ages.
- Neo-Exdeath from Final Fantasy V. The boss looks like a mixture of several being and/or creatures.
- Boss Necromorphs from Dead Space, in addition to the Brutes.
- Belberith from Devil Survivor is a mass of fused demons. Give him the chance and he will further bloat by absorbing even more of the Bel demons.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona's Nyarlathotep appears as the party's fathers merged into a single body, the Great Father, in Persona 2.
- Dragon Age has Harvesters, golems that are made out of corpses merged together.
- In Drowtales, there is a variant of Demon known as the Glutton which absorbs the body of its victims into its mass. The end result is rather Squicky.
- From Stand Still, Stay Silent we have the rarer Giants in the Silent World. Which are a conglomerate of warped, post-Plague people (aka "Trolls") and animals (aka "Beasts") in very large, nightmarish organy-Meat-Mossy-beast-things that can change their configurations to a horrifically great degree, depending on what the mass as a whole is trying to do. On your head be it if you think they don't use their networked intelligence and instincts, too.
- This is the fate of the Dixie Chicks in Futurama, as shown during the third movie, apparently due to an accident. They also absorb another guy in the mass offscreen.
- Played for humor in Family Guy: Joe gathers his handicapped friends and together form a huge, mecha-like entity called "Crippletron''.
- In the Adventure Time episode "Freaks," all the freaks combined into one body look like this.
- A Nightmare Sequence in Felidae has a giant, insane Gregor Mandel formed from a massive amount of dead cats.
- In the Invader Zim episode "Plague of Babies", the title aliens are creatures that resemble human newborns, but have all sorts of freaky powers - among them, the ability to merge together to form a giant baby warrior (with some weird screen...thing for a face.)