Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?

Horrifically adorable.

"I'm an intelligent woman. I know the difference between reality and my own dark fantasies. But I thrill at the idea of being taken by a great tentacled beast. My heart races as I imagine my frail and delicate body being controlled, being used by a force too powerful for me to deny. To feel helpless, vulnerable, it scares me yet it excites me. My body aches with desire as I imagine myself being forced to surrender in the most intimate of ways. Can this be so wrong?"

Putting the "love" back in "Lovecraft."

This is what happens when you make love (in either sense of that phrase) with an Eldritch Abomination, or a Starfish Alien doing a passable imitation of one. Tentacles are a frequent feature. Can be played for sheer Squick, horror, fanservice, laughs or all of the above at the same time.

Might lead to Fetus/Enfant Terrible. A common origin for the Anti-Antichrist, able to switch sides as a representation of the human side, but just as likely to become a monster.

Subtrope of Unequal Pairing and Interspecies Romance. Compare and contrast Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?, Mars Needs Women, Boldly Coming, and Divine Date.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, Dawn infamously does just this in cover art.
  • Averted in Teen Titans, where the Demon lord Trigon mated with human female Arella Roth. He raped her, mating only so she could give him a child that would serve as his portal to the real world, and she almost committed suicide after the act. The child grew up to become the superheroine Raven, who then focused on preventing her father from succeeding. Trigon himself is the offspring of The Devil and a human woman (in Another Dimension).
  • Any of Dream's various romances in The Sandman could be construed as this; Dream's Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder, and since all of his seen relationships have been with human-looking women, they presumably see him (and, one assumes, feel him) as the pale, thin man the reader sees. However, given his age, power and nature as an Anthropomorphic Personification this trope is applicable even with the goddess Calliope simply because his power is so far beyond hers, let alone the purely human Nada.
  • Hell Boy is the son of a human witch/nun and a demon Prince of Sheol. After he had been conceived, Hellboy did not exist in the real world but was considered to be "a power waiting to be born." Some 300 years later he was summoned to earth as an infant and grew up to be the Anti Anti Christ. His parents really seemed to like each other even though his mother did not want to be the demon's bride at first.

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    Film 
  • In Dagon, the protagonist has dreams about swimming undersea with a beautiful mermaid. Later, he actually meets her, but resists her attempt at seduction when he finds out that she has tentacles instead of legs. Later on, she turns out to be his sister, and also his destined bride.note 

    Literature 
  • "The Dunwich Horror" was inspired by Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan, which also features sex (or some kind of mating) between a human woman and an Eldritch Abomination. The resulting daughter is an eerily beautiful Humanoid Abomination whose unspeakable acts (strongly implied to be sexual in nature) lead to madness and suicide.
  • Done as part of a Deal with the Devil in The Dresden Files when Harry takes up the mantle of the Winter Knight. Harry states that it wasn't sex, no matter what it looked like. You can't have sex with a hurricane, or make love to a storm.
  • In the Conan the Barbarian story The Scarlet Citadel, it is mentioned that the evil sorcerer Tsotha-Lanti is the offspring of a dancing girl from Shadizar who slept too close to some haunted ruins and awoke in the grasp of a black demon. And from that unholy union Tsotha-Lanti was born.
  • The premise of the Viridian Saga (with Cthulhu himself to boot!)
  • The Bible has the Nephilim, which are the product of angels falling for and lusting after human women. Seems like standard Interspecies Romance, until you read the Book of Ezekiel and realize angels are far from "pretty boys with wings". It's implied that during their relationships with humans, that they took on a human form.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Smallville, only Chloe Sullivan could get involved with Doomsday, who in this continuity is the Beast of Revelations and Made of Evil.
  • Elvira denies that she worships the Devil, but admits that she dated him once.
  • While the TARDIS from Doctor Who is not eldritch in a negative or scary sense, she is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and bizarre entities on the show. She's a pandimensional Genius Loci in the form of a blue police box with an infinite Pocket Dimension on the inside, and she exists simultaneously at every point in time and space. And in "The Doctor's Wife" (written by Neil Gaiman—see the Literature section above), when she briefly possesses a woman's body and comes face-to-face with the Doctor... epic flirting ensues, with the heavy implication that the Doctor wasn't aware they've always been in a relationship. It doesn't go any further than flirting, though. (And at another point in the episode, the TARDIS flirts with Rory.)
    The Doctor: Do you have a name?
    Human TARDIS: Seven hundred years and finally he asks.
    The Doctor: What do I call you?
    Human TARDIS: What do you call me? Sexy.
    The Doctor: Only when we're alone.
    Human TARDIS: We are alone.
    The Doctor: Oh. Come on then, Sexy.

    Music 
  • The song "Width of a Circle" by David Bowie describes a consensual encounter with some sort of Eldritch Abomination. Remember, kids, Drugs Are Bad!
  • Norm Sherman's "Heartache Over Innsmouth", which is just what it sounds like.
  • The music video for "Peacebone" by the experimental rock group Animal Collective shows a blossoming romance between a human woman and... something else.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Call of Cthulhu:
    • Yog-Sothoth can mate with human females, creating the Spawn of Yog-Sothoth.
    • Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign. A woman named Hypatia Masters apparently mated with a Great Old One (she became pregnant and had its child).
    • Supplement The Fungi from Yuggoth, adventure "The Thing in the Well". After donning a pair of magical glasses a woman is raped by an other-dimensional monster and becomes pregnant with its child.
    • The Cthulhu Now adventure "Love's Lonely Children" adventure features a couple who are Y'Golonac cultists. Y'Golonac is the Mythos entity of Squick incarnate. The husband is possessed and bodily transforms into Y'Golonac, while his wife... worships. And they got their daughter involved in it, too...
  • Exalted:
    • In one of the more contested passages in the guide for Infernals, it's suggested that new Infernals are passed around the Yozis for... "initiation." The Yozis are crippled godlike entities that take forms such as a city of brass and basalt, a hundred thousand crystalline spheres of fire, and an ever-twisting river. The sheer physics alone... But, for good or ill, the actual process would be a bit less mind-hurting, as the Yozis can create humaniform avatars called jouten. This is not necessarily an improvement.
    • The Yozi Adorjan (who mostly appears in the form of an extremely violent wind) also mated with a Solar Exalt (through a dream...) and conceived daughters by him (three were normal human children, while the other four shed their mortal bodies when they reached maturity and became living winds like their mother).
    • The god(dess) Luna was created (partially) for the purpose of seducing the Primordial Gaia (and fell in love with her instead). Gaia's most commonly seen form is her humanoid jouten, but mentions are made of her other, greater forms, that are vast, primal and slightly terrifying to the gods (although Luna, while typically humanoid, can take some pretty eldritch forms herself, so the line between regular romance and romancing Cthulhu is a bit blurred).
    • The Fair Folk are vortices of chaotic energy pretending to be people, and half-fae are a well-established bit of setting lore.
  • Pathfinder:
    • The "aberrant" bloodline—-which eventually turns your character into a Humanoid Abomination-—implies something like this in a sorcerer's ancestry.
    • The 4th bestiary includes the Spawn of Yog-Sothoth mentioned above as a monster-type, and notes that some of Yog-Sothoth's half-mortal children take more after their humanoid parents, becoming aberrant bloodline sorcerers instead.
  • This is practically the point of FATAL, which has many mechanics for humans mating with demons, abominations, and the like. FATAL being, well, FATAL, most of these matings are non-consensual.

    Video Games 
  • Cthulhu Saves the World. Umi falls in love with Cthulhu at first sight, but he considers them "strictly in a rock star-groupie relationship." By the end though, he comes to return her feelings.
  • Played For Laughs in Dragon Age: Inquisition when Blackwall asks local Fade expert Solas if he's ever been intimate with a Fade spirit. Solas grows flustered, and insists that nothing in the Fade is ever simple, but seeing as he never actually denies the accusation...
  • Justified in the "good" ending of Eversion: Princess Nehema is revealed as an Eldritch Abomination in the bad ending, but in the good ending Zee Tee is one too.
  • You can cause this in Super Scribblenauts by summoning Romantic Cthulhu and Romantic [Anything Else].
  • In the backstory of Brütal Legend, the hero Riggnarok and the Demon Emperor Succoria traveled to the future (Eddie's time). Succoria had a Villainous BSOD when she saw that humanity was the dominant species and the Tainted Coil was extinct, meaning her people were destined to lose. Riggnarok pitied her and decided to care for her instead of slaying her. Eventually, they fell in love. Sadly, Succoria died in childbirth, and Riggnarok raised their son Eddie Riggs by himself. Assuming Eddie's demonic form takes after his mother, Succoria looked every bit as monstrous as the rest of the Tainted Coil when she and Riggnarok kindled a romance.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Dra Koi the protagonist starts a relationship with a dragon that is along the lines of an eldritch abomination: It casually breaks the laws of physics and is hinted to spread madness.
  • Demonbane has quite a lot of this going around. First, Al Azif, aka the Necronomicon, is romanceable. The sequel reveals that, in at least one universe, the protagonist and she had children... don't ask how that works. One of the main antagonists, Master Therion, is the result of another: he's the offspring of one of the most powerful sorceresses to ever live... and Yog-Sothoth. It is also possible to trigger sex scenes with such beings as Atlach-Nacha, Cthugha, Ithaqua, and Nyarlathotep.

    Web Comics 
  • Ow, my sanity combines this with Unwanted Harem.
  • Sluggy Freelance has a hint of this in a TV show actually called "Unholy Concubine Connection". (Before that comic, the show showed someone "merely" involved with Satan.)
  • In Grim Tales from Down Below, it turns out that years after The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Grim and Mandy married and had two kids. Though actually the boy is an abortion from an unknown father, and the girl's father is Nergal Junior, as Grim can't actually father new life, because he's Death.
  • Drow Tales:
    • Any drow who has a relationship with a Vel'akar, or a sentient demon from "beyond the veil". Snadhya'rune is heavily implied to have had a sexual relationship with her protector twin Khalessnote  before the latter got possessed by one, but it's not certain if their relationship continued after it happened.
    • Chapter 46 gives us the rare sight of one Cthulhu (the aforementioned Khaless) romancing another Cthulhu (Kharla'ggen) and the results are pure Fan Disservice.

    Web Original 
  • Cracked uses this as one of the potential next Twilight-style monster/teenager romance trends here.
  • /tg/ likes these.
  • The twist of "Wilhelm Park" by redminus.
  • The Nostalgia Chick and her sidekicks Nella and Elisa plus a few ghostwriters (under the Portmanteau pen name Serra Elinsen) released a "crowd-sourced" Paranormal Romance novel that they originally described as "Twilight with aliens." By incorporating the suggestions of their fans, they eventually make the story about an ordinary teenage girl and a Lovecraftian Eldritch Abomination who fall in love. The book is out under the name Awoken, and given it goes right with Lovecraftian names such as Cthulhu and Azatoth is apparent that they're going all the way.

    Western Animation 


Alternative Title(s):

Did You Just Romance Cthulu, Did You Just Make Out With Cthulhu