'''Basic Trope''': A story where humanity is unimportant, and the universe is filled with [[EldritchAbomination forces more mind-warpingly alien and powerful than humans can grasp.]]
* '''Straight''': The [[ScienceIsBad Scientific Investigation Corporation]] [[DugTooDeep digs into the center of the earth]] and unleashes a horde of inhuman, uncaring, and horrifying monsters into a helpless world.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** The SIC, having discovered that the [[{{EldritchAbomination}} otherworldly creatures]] are indeed horrifying and incomprehensibly evil, decides that humanity itself must become a similar entity in order to survive. However, upon doing so, the humanity-abomination realizes that there are [[AlwaysABiggerFish always even bigger fish]] in the sea that the 'Horrifying monsters' seem like helpless little humans compared to.
** A horde of inhuman, horrifying, and incomprehensibly evil monsters [[CurbStompBattle conquer the helpless world in the space of a nanosecond]] and reshapes it into [[CrapsackWorld a twisted morass of horror and despair]] that would eclipse Hell itself. There, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath humans die horribly]] [[PeopleFarm in factory farms,]] [[YourSoulIsMine have their souls consumed,]] and are transformed into a...''thing''... [[AndIMustScream whose mind and memory are scattered to a million pieces.]] Of course, death will only intensified the inhumanly immense agonies...
* '''Downplayed''':
** There are mind-boggling horrors in the world capable of rending it apart, but they're a distant, slumbering threat... for now.
** Or:
-->'''Alice''': [[SealedEvilInACan Cthulhu just woke up]]? [[LovecraftLite Come on guys, let's go]] ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kick his sorry ass!]]''\\
'''Bob''': Hell yeah! And [[DefeatMeansFriendship if things turn out right]], [[DidweJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu we could be friends with him!]]
** [[CosmicPlaything The universe isn't hostile to humanity, it's just hostile to Bob.]]
* '''Justified''': The immense size and complexity of the universe, the limitations and conflicts of human existence, the existence of an infinity of other multiverses, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics, justifies almost everything about the Cosmic Horror Story.
* '''Inverted''':
** The SIC discovers intelligent aliens who turn out to be largely insignificant to humans, and who [[HumansAreCthulhu find us to be so abominable]] that they are likely to GoMadFromTheRevelation.
** [[HumanityIsSuperior Humans are the masters of the universe.]]
** The SIC discovers benevolent beings that want to use their RealityWarping powers to benefit humanity.
* '''Subverted''':
** The SIC digs down and discovers that the center of the earth is filled with ugly, tentacled creatures - who are, in fact, [[DarkIsNotEvil as heroic or more heroic than people.]]
** Humanity comes across an EldritchAbomination, or one such arrives in Earth's dimension. However, while they find it strange-looking, certainly, that's it. No mind-shattering horror to be found here.
** Humanity finds an EldritchAbomination... who is quite friendly, taking on a form we can understand, and trying its best to communicate with us, feeling HumansAreSpecial, [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu and wanting to interact with us]].
** Humanity comes across an EldritchAbomination. Rather than be broken by it, we analyze it, assign it species classification, learn how to keep it harmlessly contained
* '''Double Subverted''': ...and then it turns out that it was an act, and they really are inhumanly evil.
* '''Parodied''': The tentacle beast is [[FluffyTheTerrible named "Coco"]], and is ''just'' a bigger monster's pet.
* '''Zig Zagged''': A main character, very fearful of being attacked by an EldritchAbomination, sights a tentacle in the forest, but it was just someone elses costume, then he sights an actual real tentacle, which grabs him. Only it was a dream and he's just letting paranoia get to him... [[{{Mindscrew}} or is he]]?
* '''Averted''': There are no Lovecraftian horrors in the world.
* '''Enforced''': The author is a StrawNihilist.
* '''Lampshaded''': "[=VHYarghKXepft=], the queen with a thousand eyes? I guess {{God}} is an H.P. Lovecraft fan".
* '''Invoked''': The SIC develops a tentacle beast.
* '''Exploited''': TheFundamentalist uses the event to rally an End of the World cult.
* '''Defied''': The SIC finds that the Earth is filled with monstrous creatures of mind-warping horror - and they absolutely refuse to let this be one of those [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic horror stories]] where humans are unimportant.
* '''Discussed''': "[[NietzscheWannabe Why bother living when we are going to end in their hands anyway?]]"
* '''Conversed''': "Due to the immense size of the universe, it's possible for other creatures to evolve beyond our comprehension".
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Everyone realizes how insignificant they are. They all become {{Straw Nihilist}}s and/or commit suicide. Thus, no story.
** Alternately: The premise is that Humans are insignificant to these creatures, which means they'd never bother with a small hunk of rock floating close around one in a zillion stars. What wouldn't bother causing humanity trouble.
** This worldview basically fosters a DarknessInducedAudienceApathy mentality among both the inhabitants and the readers.
** In a more positive deconstruction: In Real Life cosmology there really are things out there so enormous, so powerful and [[MindScrew so mind-shatteringly complex]] that our entire world is meaninglessly small in comparison, but we just don't care like how they don't care about us. Also, the existential horror of insignificance isn't that horrifying, being pretty easy to ignore.
** DeconstructiveParody: [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuidetotheGalaxy The reason the humans are insignificant is because the horrors from outer space are just bureaucratic arses who want to make a hyperspace bypass.]]
** Without anyone else even remotely significant and the whole universe already understood, [[EldritchAbomination the Cosmic Horrors]] quickly become ''[[VictoryIsBoring very bored.]]'' Many of them either desperately search for an even greater horror, go mad from boredom or simply try and find a way [[TorturedMonster to snuff out their horrible existence.]]
** Alternatively, in an infinitely vast, apathetic universe, the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall are just as insignificant as humanity is]]. Which means they can lose as well.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** The story switches to the perspective of the survivors who defied seeing the world pessimistically and/or [[{{Xenofiction}} the cosmic horrors themselves]].
** Alternately: ... so the entire story revolves around cultists trying to get the attention of the monstrosities so they will come to the Earth to prove once and for all there is no god. [[{{NiceJobBreakingItHero}} Oops, forgot about the whole 'devouring worlds' thing...]]
** So this kind of story basically fosters a DarknessInducedAudienceApathy mentality.... but as a response, while the unstoppable horrors are still present, the protagonists are at the very least given some CharacterDevelopment, with exploring the psychology and meaning of their existential crisis before the inevitable doom. Sometimes works and makes the characters more sympathetic than a bunch of ants, sometimes doesn't.
** Alternatively, while the unstoppable horrors are still present, there's also a force out there does care for the well-being of humans, even if it doesn't directly interact with them, and thus holds the greater horrors that threaten humanity on a cosmic scale at bay, leaving the humans to having to deal with the lesser horrors that threaten them on a more direct, personal scale.
** A different path is to have the EldritchAbomination actually ''be'' invested in things and have them be not unlike humanity. Rather than not care anything over the little blue rock, they place a great deal of investment of the happenings or even the people of the rock, for selfish or selfless agendas. The local mob may have a cult who's patron monster does boons for them, an entity dotes on a human being the same way a human may care about their pet or favorite fictional character or maybe [[ComicBook/AstroCity a comic book company finds their building gone because an eldritch being found their portrayal]] [[EldritchAbomination of Eldritch Abominations]] [[ComicBook/AstroCity to be]] ''[[ComicBook/AstroCity offensive]]''.
** In this universe, humans are symbolized using bacteria when concerning [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]]. [[HumansAreCthulhu We]] hardly know of their existence until they come to mind and killing billions of them is as simple as spraying disinfectant. Problem is, bacteria can still be phenomenally deadly to humans. As such, we defeat the cosmic horrors with little more than their own apathy for us, as though we are a raging deadly infection.
* '''Played For Laughs''':
** The world is attacked by a incomprehensible tentacle beast from another dimension, and it attacks by [[PokeThePoodle Poking the Poodle]] and [[SeriousBusiness leaving the]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor toilet seat up]].
** The tentacle monsters take one look at the nearest human, and either jump screaming onto the local equivalent of a chair, briefly look shocked and squishes him, or trap him under a jar and a sheet of paper and deposit him outside, like they've seen a spider.
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