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- The classic 1980's X-Men Brood storyline. The Death World surrounding one of the alien bases is in fact the semi-decomposed corpse of one of the Space Whales they had enslaved as Living Ships. To give an idea of the scale, the tips of the ribs poke out of the planetary atmosphere.
- Beautiful Darkness is about a community of fairies living in the corpse of a little girl who got lost in the woods and died.
Films — Live-Action
- The protagonist of Angel Notes lives in a city built in and around the corpse of the Ultimate Life Form of Venus, which came to Earth to punish humanity for destroying Earth's spirit, Gaia, and with it, Earth's capacity to support life. Humans managed to kill it, however, and discovered that while Earth cannot support agriculture anymore, Venus still can, so they settled the alien's corpse and grow crops on it in order to survive.
- Played with in Alan Dean Foster's short story "Gift of a Useless Man", in which a space traveller who crashes on an alien planet and is left almost completely paralysed enters a symbiotic relationship with a telepathic, sentient, insect colony, which could have been played for Body Horror but ends up sweet.
- The protagonist of Ender's Game accidentally creates one of these, with the corpse of a giant he killed in a video game eventually becoming a village.
Myths & Religion
- Ymir, the Father of the World in Norse Mythology. The entire world is made from his dead body.
- In Mesopotamian Mythology, the god Marduk slew the goddess Tiamat, and he created the world from her corpse.
- In Chinese Mythology, after the death of Pan-gu, his body was made into the earth, his blood the sea, his eyes the sun and moon, and the lice around his body was turned into people.
- In Aztec Mythology, after Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl slayed the primeval sea monster Cipactli, they created all dry land from its body.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- One of the setting's nastier abominations is Atropus, the world born dead, a planet crawling with undead whose arrival in a system heralds disaster and that only leaves dead worlds in its wake. It's fairly consistent that it's the remains of something huge and (un)dead, but its exact nature varies — sometimes it's an enormous atropal (the undead corpse of a stillborn god), while other times it's the head of a colossal primordial being.
- The current incarnation of the sixth layer of Hell, Malbolge, is formed out of the corpse of its former ruler, Malagard the Hag Countess. Its mountains, for instance, used to be the Hag Countess' bones, and there is a tunnel that used to be her throat that still contracts and expands rhythmically.
- The Githyanki capital of Tu'narath is a metropolis built on — and into — the colossal, petrified corpse of a forgotten god, adrift in the timeless Void Between the Worlds of the Astral Plane.
- Fallen London is in "the Neath", which if the story can be believed, is inside the skull of a dead god.
- Brütal Legend is set in a world created from the remains of the Eternal Firebeast Ormagoden, who was killed by the primordial First Ones and whose flesh/bones and blood became the landmasses and the oceans of the world, respectively.
- Masser and Secunda, the moons of the world in Elder Scrolls. Not mentioned in lore as inhabited but are halves of Lorkhan's corpse.
- Knights of the Crystallion is set in a city built in the skeleton of a gigantic creature.
- Xenoblade takes place on the corpses of two gods the size of continents, the Bionis and the Mechonis, on which biological and mechanical life respectively developed over time.