Playing With / Eldritch Abomination

Basic Trope: Weird monster that defies the established rules of a work's universe.
  • Straight: Incomprehensible monster from the darkness outside reality that feeds on human sanity.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Monster portrayed entirely through incomprehensible Non Sequitur.
    • Even the monster can't comprehend itself.
    • Not even God can comprehend it!
    • Even LOOKING in its general direction causes the viewer's brain to explode trying to comprehend it.
  • Downplayed: Weird monster; Non-humanoid alien.
  • Justified: Monster is only using some ability or trick to appear incomprehensible.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Incomprehensible monster turns out to actually follow a lot of rules.
  • Double Subverted: ...It doesn't actually follow any of those rules we thought it did.
  • Parodied: Incomprehensible monster turns out to have harmless or ridiculous goals.
  • Zig Zagged: Incomprehensible monster was just a trick... by an even more incomprehensible monster. No wait, I'm just insane... Or am I?
  • Averted: Comprehensible monster.
  • Enforced: "We haven't really hammered out how the monster works, so let's just have it follow no rules to make it scarier."
  • Lampshaded: "Why can't monsters from outside reality ever just adhere to laws of physics or maybe just common sense!?"
  • Invoked: Character tries to create or fake an incomprehensible monster.
  • Exploited: Character creates or fakes an incomprehensible monster to benefit themselves.
  • Defied: A hard to comprehend creature strives to make itself understandable.
  • Discussed: "There are no words to describe the sight before me. Such things shouldn't exist. Will I ever sleep again? Will I be given the chance to try?"
  • Conversed:
    Bob: You can't really have an incomprehensible monster in a work of fiction. I mean you can't describe something you can't comprehend.
    Alice: Well what about Uhluthc in Mad Mountains? He was pretty freaky.
  • Implied: There are many tales of the incomprehensible monster, and solid evidence to support it's existence, but the heroes haven't encountered it and word of mouth can't agree on a description - or describe the monster at all.

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