Body of Bodies

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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 or another creature absorbing his underlings or Devouring the Dragon in order to become much more powerful. Hence it can fit nicely for a One-Winged Angel. Unlike a Flesh Golem (which is likely started as a sort of homage to the Frankenstein Monster), these creatures tend to be "natural" (as in not artificially crafted), or the result of a One-Winged Angel transformation.

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.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

  • InuYasha:
    • 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.
  • In Gyo, this starts happening once humans begin getting infected by the Death Stench. The larger walking machines (which may have once held sharks or larger fish) require more infected bodies to act as power sources, and what results are shambling machines carrying tens of the infected at a time.
  • 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.

     Art  

  • 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 Incident. Said beast was drawn by a certain Keith Thompson and can be seen here on his gallery.
  • The Ur-Example might be Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who is famous for painting people made of smaller things — objects and fruits most of the time, but sometimes animals or human bodies as well.

     Comic Books  

  • 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 The Transformers Ongoing, the Decepticons and Sweeps were forcibly combined into the massive "Deceptigod" creature. Only Megatron and Shockwave were successful at resisting the merger, the former due to his considerable willpower and the latter due to his emotionless nature.
  • The Multiversity: Demogorgun of the Gentry is one of these, a large mass of corpses that move and act as one.
  • In Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift, the magnetised Cinnamon Bun becomes a horrific giant mass of trapped Candy People.

     Film  

  • 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.

     Literature  

  • The cover for Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan may be one of the oldest examples (after Arcimboldo's paintings). In it, 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 Tailchaser's 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.
  • Used in Revival by Stephen King. Mother, a monstrous godlike ant-thing, is made up of the bodies/souls of the dead, including the wife and son of the book's antagonist.
  • William F. Nolan's short story The Pool has a Blob Monster with a Body of Bodies dwelling in the titular pool of the story. Its form is made up of bits of everything it consumed in the past, including a few unfortunate people. The ending hints at an aversion of Infant Immortality, too, as two children approach the pool...

     Mythology  

  • The Gashadokuro from Japanese myth is a giant skeleton formed from an entire village worth of starved townspeople or the fallen soldiers whose bodies were left to rot where they fell. In general the Gashadokuro is formed from the collective misery and hatred of the people it was complied from and fueled by their souls. The worst part of it is cannot be defeated; the only way to kill it is to keep running and hope it burns itself out (Cracked.com jokingly suggests offering to buy it a cheeseburger might work as well).

     Others  

  • 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.

     Other Sites  

  • SCP Foundation, SCP-625 ("Anklebiters"). Each SCP-625 is a rat-like creature that is apparently made up of parts of at least seven different species of rodents seamlessly merged together.
    • SCP 1227 is nine Russians and a dog welded together by some unknown pathogen. The whole mass thinks it's a man and his family. Most of the bodies aren't even whole; portions of a man are used as the digestive tract and is feed via hole in the stomach while another is used as the ass end of it and another is used to process urine.

     Tabletop Games  

  • 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 Colossus, 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.
    • The Pathfinder-compatible sourcebook Naat: Realm of Necromancers introduces a spell that can create this from a large number of humanoid corpses. The more corpses available, the larger and stronger the resulting creature will be.
  • Exalted:
    • 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.
  • Warhammer: The Vampire Counts faction has this unit called the Corpse Cart. Basically, it's a cart carrying plague victims which have been re-animated by dark magic, and they're now fused together in a mass. It roams around adding dead bodies to itself. If that wasn't creepy enough, it can also Mind Rape people, giving them nightmares, driving wizards temporarily insane and in some extreme cases brainwashing people into adding themselves to it.

     Video Games  

  • 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.
  • Little Horn in Super Meat Boy, is a giant monster made up of bodies. The resulting body interestingly resembles the player character, while the bodies it is made up of also resemble the protagonist.
  • Castlevania
    • Recurring boss Legion in the series is almost always depicted as a colossal being made from human corpses. Sometimes still screaming.
    • The final boss of Castlevania: 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 Baldurs 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:
    • Dark Souls I: Gravelord Nito is a giant skeleton made of skeletons who carries a giant sword that is also made of skeletons (except for the blade). If you join his covenant you get a smaller version of the sword for yourself, made of less skeletons.
    • 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, heavily implied to be Gravelord Nito's soul.
  • 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.
  • The Flood of Halo are a space-borne Zombie Apocalypse, with many of their more advanced forms made up of numerous corpses combined into powerful monstrosities. The most powerful of these are the living nodes for their central intelligence, called Graveminds, which are made up of thousands of corpses and often speak in Gratuitous Trochaic Septameter. There's also Key Minds, which are Graveminds that have grown so large that they take up entire planets. 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 (referring to the Flood Hive Mind as a whole) has the memory of every single being that has been part of it, 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.
  • One Night At Flumpty's 2 has the Eyesaur, an Eldritch Abomination, revealed after Hard-Boiled Mode is finished to be made up of all those who Flumpty kidnapped and killed.
  • The One Reborn from Bloodborne is an eldritch amalgamation of corpses in a centaur-like shape that seemingly drops from the Paleblood Moon.
  • Amalgam Alpha from The Evil Within is a huge, grotesque, amorphous mass of horribly twisted corpses. See here.
  • The Lich from Nexus Clash can build a giant Fossil Monstrosity stitched together from multiple already-reanimated human skeletons.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location has Ennard, a combination of the endoskeletons from all the members of Circus Baby's Pizza World.
  • The Gatekeepers of Xel'latoth, Ancient of Madness from Eternal Darkness are a pair of headless torsos fused at the waist.
  • Amalgams from The Evil Within are the representation of Mobius' experiments into Mental Fusion, and are huge masses of half-living bodies.
  • The Zombie Abomination from Infinity Wars is a colossal zombie made from every dead character in your graveyard. If your opponent manages to remove it, it apparently falls apart into all the characters that comprised it, reanimated again.
  • The Collector from Darkest Dungeon is a body of severed, still living human heads.

     Web Animation  

  • The rabbits in Cyriak's 7 billion build larger and larger rabbits out of their own bodies. By the end of the video, they're four layers deep - that is, they've built a rabbit of rabbits of rabbits of rabbits.
    • Likewise, Beastenders has the cast of EastEnders fuse into a 50-foot tall abomination.

     Webcomics  

  • 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.
  • In Charby the Vampirate changelings look like this mid-change as the absorb the next unfortunate whose form and memories they will take at the end of the transformation.

     Web Original 

  • The "ghoul" from the Creepypasta The Horror From the Vault is able to assimilate living tissue by drowning people and animals in it's nest-pool. It also produces "mounds" of flesh-covered organs, seamlessly fused together and completely functional despite being from several different species. One of the nightmares it induces is about a creature not unlike the Legion from CastleVania replacing the sun. The monster itself looks like a Giant Enemy Crab made of fused, still-living bodies.

     Western Animation  

  • 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 "Freak City", 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.)
  • Over the Garden Wall: It is briefly shown that the Beast has a body made of Edelwood, and since Edelwood trees bear the anguished faces of those they're made of this gives the appearance of a body made of tormented faces.
  • In Steven Universe, it turns out Gems don't actually die when they're shattered; the shards continue to hold some fragment of the original Gem's consciousness. If the shards are forcibly melded together and allowed to try reforming, the result is a mass of confused limbs which constantly moans and shrieks in pain and horror as it shambles around.
  • In The Grim Adventures of The KND Crossover, Billy and the Delightful Children from Down the Lane wind up fusing together due to Grim's scythe being stuck to Billy's Dad's lucky pants (due to Billy being stupid) and turn into the Delightful Reaper. They begin to assimilate any and all kids they can find, growing larger and more powerful with every one until they grow into a giant Grim with tacky pants until Mandy takes over. They assimilate with various kids form other shows like Squirrel Boy and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. It should be stated that Billy is so stupid that he has a degree of independence and even control over the body.

     Real Life  

  • From the perspective of bacteria and other unicellular organisms, all multicellular organisms are this.
  • The Portuguese man o' war is a jellyfish-like organism who's body is actually a group of multiple colonial organisms that are fused together and function cohesively as if they were a single animal.
  • Mass graves.
  • Slime molds straddle the line between multicellular and single cell organisms. They can live independently as single cells but also form groups during their reproductive phases which move as a single entity. During this collective phase, they move as a single unit and to an outside observer seem to be a single animal.


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