Playing With: Eldritch Abomination
monster that defies
the established rules of a work's universe.
- Straight: Incomprehensible monster from the darkness outside reality that feeds on human sanity.
- Monster portrayed entirely through incomprehensible Non Sequitur.
- Even the monster can't comprehend itself.
- Downplayed: Weird monster; Non-humanoid alien.
- Justified: Monster is only using some ability or trick to appear incomprehensible.
- Inverted: Humans are incomprehensible monsters to other beings.
- 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?"
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.
- Reconstructed: Monster only appears incomprehensible because it chooses to.
- Played For Laughs:
- Played For Drama:
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