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** Nyarlathotep tends to appear in a form of a man because it makes [[{{Chessmaster}} manipulating humans]] easier. He has several less human forms too (1000 to be exact) but all of these are just avatars, or "masks". What his true form looks like is never even hinted, but as he is the soul of the Outer Gods, he might not even have a physical body outside the avatars.

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** Nyarlathotep tends to appear in a form of a man because it makes [[{{Chessmaster}} [[TheChessmaster manipulating humans]] easier. He has several less human forms too (1000 to be exact) but all of these are just avatars, or "masks". What his true form looks like is never even hinted, but as he is the soul of the Outer Gods, he might not even have a physical body outside the avatars.


At some point in the conversation, the personification of TV Tropes drops a little MindScrew in your tea: [[TheTreacheryOfImages you are not looking at, or conversing with, all that TV Tropes is]]. You are not even seeing an [[{{Glamour}} illusion that TV Tropes is projecting into your mind]]. Rather, the sheer [[SugarWiki/SweetExists awesomeness]] of TV Tropes, the [[TheContributors might]] and [[DarthWiki/ThisExists immense hideousness of it]], or [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife its life-ruining influence]] bypass your eyes and occipital lobe entirely, and your mind meekly registers it as the closest, safest, yet still comparable thing on hand.[[note]]For safety's sake, just say DarthWiki/TheWikiWitchOfTheWeb put a spell on you[[/note]] You Cannot Grasp The True Form, or else you will GoMadFromTheRevelation. May overlap with BrownNote.

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At some point in the conversation, the personification of TV Tropes drops a little MindScrew in your tea: [[TheTreacheryOfImages you are not looking at, or conversing with, all that TV Tropes is]]. You are not even seeing an [[{{Glamour}} illusion that TV Tropes is projecting into your mind]]. Rather, the sheer [[SugarWiki/SweetExists awesomeness]] of TV Tropes, the [[TheContributors [[{{Troper}} might]] and [[DarthWiki/ThisExists immense hideousness of it]], or [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife its life-ruining influence]] bypass your eyes and occipital lobe entirely, and your mind meekly registers it as the closest, safest, yet still comparable thing on hand.[[note]]For safety's sake, just say DarthWiki/TheWikiWitchOfTheWeb put a spell on you[[/note]] You Cannot Grasp The True Form, or else you will GoMadFromTheRevelation. May overlap with BrownNote.


** The sky itself, while you percieve it as blue, that's actually just the reflection of the sea, the sky is actually colorless gas, at night, when the light is gone you can see through, so you ''can'' grasp the true form, but only when it's in total darkness.

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-->Rosencrantz: We might as well be dead. Do you think death could possibly be a boat?
-->Guildenstern: No, no, no... Death is...not. Death isn't. You take my meaning. Death is the ultimate negative. Not-being. You can't not-be on a boat.
-->Rosencrantz: I've frequently not been on boats.
-->Guildenstern: No, no, no--what you've been is not on boats
--> - ''Creator/TomStoppard'', ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead''


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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has an inversion; [[SentientCosmicForce Magic]] can't understand ''[[HumansThroughAlienEyes humans]]''. Its only senses relate to how and when spells are cast, and so it explicitly notes that it can't understand corporeal beings any more than we can understand cosmic forces like it.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/07/07/the-truth-the-whole-truth/ when Pete and the Dragon Spirit convocated King]] [[EldritchLocation into their realm]] King sees his own universe as a RPG which [[CosmicEntity both beings]] literally play with.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the [[EldritchAbomination Horrorterrors]] are psychically perceived by humans as adorable squid creatures (about whom a cartoon is made) due to this effect.
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the [[EldritchAbomination Horrorterrors]] are psychically perceived by humans as adorable squid creatures (about whom a cartoon is made) due to this effect.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/07/07/the-truth-the-whole-truth/ when Pete and the Dragon Spirit convocated King]] [[EldritchLocation into their realm]] King sees his own universe as a RPG which [[CosmicEntity both beings]] literally play with.



* DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux The attacking Caine aliens have a form which is incomprehensible and in most parts even invisible. The only things people can see are hands which look skeletal and have lots of tumours growing on them, attacking people, or giant eyes floating in the air. And most people who saw the Caine went insane and/or started to hallucinate. Because of this, during Caine attacks, it is unknown if there is just one Caine attacking, or if there are several attackers at the same time.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has an inversion; [[SentientCosmicForce Magic]] can't understand ''[[HumansThroughAlienEyes humans]]''. Its only senses relate to how and when spells are cast, and so it explicitly notes that it can't understand corporeal beings any more than we can understand cosmic forces like it.

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* DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux ''WebAnimation/DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux'' The attacking Caine aliens have a form which is incomprehensible and in most parts even invisible. The only things people can see are hands which look skeletal and have lots of tumours growing on them, attacking people, or giant eyes floating in the air. And most people who saw the Caine went insane and/or started to hallucinate. Because of this, during Caine attacks, it is unknown if there is just one Caine attacking, or if there are several attackers at the same time.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has an inversion; [[SentientCosmicForce Magic]] can't understand ''[[HumansThroughAlienEyes humans]]''. Its only senses relate to how and when spells are cast, and so it explicitly notes that it can't understand corporeal beings any more than we can understand cosmic forces like it.
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** The sky itself, while you percieve it as blue, that's actually just the reflection of the sea, the sky is actually colorless gas, at night, when the light is gone you can see through, so you ''can'' grasp the true form, but only when it's in total darkness.


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', a mysterious alien arrives to save Earth from another extraterrestrial invader. This alien has taken AFormYouAreComfortableWith to avoid upsetting anyone. Unfortunately, the appearance it chose was that of Jonas Venture Senior. Dr. Venture is furious at the alien for impersonating his dead father and refreshing so much emotional pain. The alien is so irritated by Dr. Venture's tantrum that it spitefully agrees to drop its disguise just to prove a point. The audience [[DiscretionShot doesn't see]] what it looks like, but the other characters do. Sure enough, they are utterly horrified.
--->'''Alien:''' All right, fine! You wanna see? Here! ''*pulls away disguise*''
--->''*off-screen light and [[SinisterScrapingSound sound]]*''
--->'''Alien:''' There! THAT would have been better? If I showed up like THAT out of nowhere?! Look at you! You [[BrownNote practically crapped your pants!]] Except for him, [[BowelBreakingBricks he crapped his pants]]!

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', a mysterious alien arrives to save Earth from another extraterrestrial invader. This alien has taken AFormYouAreComfortableWith to avoid upsetting anyone. Unfortunately, the appearance it chose was that of Jonas Venture Senior. Dr. Venture is furious at the alien it for impersonating his dead father and refreshing so much emotional pain. The alien is so irritated by Dr. Venture's tantrum that it spitefully agrees to drop its disguise just to prove a point. The audience [[DiscretionShot doesn't see]] what it looks like, but the other characters do. Sure enough, they are utterly horrified.
--->'''Alien:''' -->'''Alien:''' All right, fine! You wanna see? Here! ''*pulls away disguise*''
--->''*off-screen -->''*off-screen light and [[SinisterScrapingSound sound]]*''
--->'''Alien:''' -->'''Alien:''' There! THAT would have been better? If I showed up like THAT out of nowhere?! Look at you! You [[BrownNote practically crapped your pants!]] Except for him, [[BowelBreakingBricks he crapped his pants]]!


* After getting crap for using AFormYouAreComfortableWith, an alien on ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' got mad enough to show them his real form. All the audience got to see was that it revealed itself by ripping its "face" open down the middle, had flashing lights, tentacles, and was enough to make a (mentally handicapped) character crap his pants.

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* After getting crap for using AFormYouAreComfortableWith, an In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', a mysterious alien on ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' got mad enough arrives to show them save Earth from another extraterrestrial invader. This alien has taken AFormYouAreComfortableWith to avoid upsetting anyone. Unfortunately, the appearance it chose was that of Jonas Venture Senior. Dr. Venture is furious at the alien for impersonating his real form. All the dead father and refreshing so much emotional pain. The alien is so irritated by Dr. Venture's tantrum that it spitefully agrees to drop its disguise just to prove a point. The audience got to see was that [[DiscretionShot doesn't see]] what it revealed itself by ripping its "face" open down looks like, but the middle, had flashing lights, tentacles, other characters do. Sure enough, they are utterly horrified.
--->'''Alien:''' All right, fine! You wanna see? Here! ''*pulls away disguise*''
--->''*off-screen light
and was enough to make a (mentally handicapped) character crap [[SinisterScrapingSound sound]]*''
--->'''Alien:''' There! THAT would have been better? If I showed up like THAT out of nowhere?! Look at you! You [[BrownNote practically crapped your pants!]] Except for him, [[BowelBreakingBricks he crapped
his pants.pants]]!


*** In some depictions his form and even his words vary with the observer. To his psycher-immune bodyguards however he [[spoiler: is just a man.]]

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*** In some depictions his form and even his words vary with the observer. To his psycher-immune Blank (psychically-immune) bodyguards however he [[spoiler: is just a man.]]


* Linguistics:
** Some letters and words have no equivalent in other languages. While some languages make up for this by having the word be untranslated and taking it as a loanword (Especially common in English and Creole languages), others make the best guess they got. Reading some older works often include notes mentioning how the words can have different meanings and it's all based upon interpretation. This is also one of the reasons why some words are frequently mispronounced by non-native speakers - since the letters all have a completely different sound (or no equivalent), they make the best guess they got.
** We actually know mostly of the Greek pronunciations of some deities, words, or names in UsefulNotes/EgyptianMythology because the only way their names were written down (That we know of, or can even translate) could not be translated. This is especially the case with the Egyptian deity Thoth. "Thoth" is actually his Greek name - his Egyptian name was pronounced ''way'' differently. This is lampshaded when ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' had the characters meet him, he has no real way to spell his Egyptian name in English, so he pronounces it phonetically as the only way the English speaking Kanes (and the audience) can understand.

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* Linguistics:
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Linguistics. Some letters and words have no equivalent in other languages. While some languages make up for this by having the word be untranslated and taking it as a loanword (Especially common in English and Creole languages), others make the best guess they got. Reading some older works that were translated often include notes mentioning how the words can have different meanings and it's all based upon interpretation. This is also one of the reasons why some words are frequently mispronounced by non-native speakers - since the letters all have a completely different sound (or no equivalent), they make the best guess they got.
** We actually know mostly of the Greek pronunciations of some deities, words, or names
equivalent) in UsefulNotes/EgyptianMythology because the only way their names were written down (That we know of, or can even translate) could not be translated. This is especially the case with the Egyptian deity Thoth. "Thoth" is actually his Greek name - his Egyptian name was pronounced ''way'' differently. This is lampshaded when ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' had the characters meet him, he has no real way to spell his Egyptian name in English, so he pronounces it phonetically as the only way the English speaking Kanes (and the audience) can understand. other languages.


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** We know mostly of the Greek pronunciations of some deities, words, or names in Egyptian mythology because the only way their names were written down (That we know of, or can even translate) could not be translated. This is especially the case with the Egyptian deity Thoth. "Thoth" is actually his Greek name - his Egyptian name was pronounced ''way'' differently. This is lampshaded when ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' had the characters meet him, he has no real way to spell his Egyptian name in English, so he pronounces it phonetically as the only way the English speaking Kanes (and the audience) can understand.


** Some letters and words have no equivalent in other languages. While some languages make up for this by having the word be untranslated and taking it as a loanword (Especially common in English and Creole languages), others make the best guess they got. Reading some older works often include notes mentioning how the words can have different meanings and it's all based upon interpretation.
*** This is also one of the reasons why some words are frequently mispronounced by non-native speakers - since the letters all have a completely different sound (or no equivalent), they make the best guess they got.
** We actually know mostly of the Greek pronunciations of some deities, words, or names in UsefulNotes/EgyptianMythology because the only way their names were written down (That we know of, or can even translate) could not be translated.
*** This is especially the case with the Egyptian deity Thoth. "Thoth" is actually his Greek name - his Egyptian name was pronounced ''way'' differently. This is lampshaded when ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' had the characters meet him, he has no real way to spell his Egyptian name in English, so he pronounces it phonetically as the only way the English speaking Kanes (and the audience) can understand.

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** Some letters and words have no equivalent in other languages. While some languages make up for this by having the word be untranslated and taking it as a loanword (Especially common in English and Creole languages), others make the best guess they got. Reading some older works often include notes mentioning how the words can have different meanings and it's all based upon interpretation. \n*** This is also one of the reasons why some words are frequently mispronounced by non-native speakers - since the letters all have a completely different sound (or no equivalent), they make the best guess they got.
** We actually know mostly of the Greek pronunciations of some deities, words, or names in UsefulNotes/EgyptianMythology because the only way their names were written down (That we know of, or can even translate) could not be translated. \n*** This is especially the case with the Egyptian deity Thoth. "Thoth" is actually his Greek name - his Egyptian name was pronounced ''way'' differently. This is lampshaded when ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' had the characters meet him, he has no real way to spell his Egyptian name in English, so he pronounces it phonetically as the only way the English speaking Kanes (and the audience) can understand.

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* Linguistics:
** Some letters and words have no equivalent in other languages. While some languages make up for this by having the word be untranslated and taking it as a loanword (Especially common in English and Creole languages), others make the best guess they got. Reading some older works often include notes mentioning how the words can have different meanings and it's all based upon interpretation.
*** This is also one of the reasons why some words are frequently mispronounced by non-native speakers - since the letters all have a completely different sound (or no equivalent), they make the best guess they got.
** We actually know mostly of the Greek pronunciations of some deities, words, or names in UsefulNotes/EgyptianMythology because the only way their names were written down (That we know of, or can even translate) could not be translated.
*** This is especially the case with the Egyptian deity Thoth. "Thoth" is actually his Greek name - his Egyptian name was pronounced ''way'' differently. This is lampshaded when ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' had the characters meet him, he has no real way to spell his Egyptian name in English, so he pronounces it phonetically as the only way the English speaking Kanes (and the audience) can understand.
** When you get to languages that are even older, it gets even more complicated. For example, the letters Tl - which do not normally go together in English - are not unheard of in some Native American tribes (Tlingit, Tlaxcala)
** This is also a reason behind UnfortunateName for some people - "Shit" to an Indian person would be pronounced as "Shee", yet English speakers see names like "Akshit" or "Dikshit" and pronounce them as "Ack-shit" or "Dick-shit".


And there's the issue of attempting to grasp its size: If the distances just in our Solar System are already mind-numbing, a light-year is almost ''ten trillion kilometers'', but at galactic (short of cosmological) scale is insignificant (just our galaxy, the Milky Way, has a size of one hundred thousand times that and the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest major galaxy, is at more than 2.5 million l. y.). That justifies to a point why SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale -simply put, even astronomers cannot really wrap their heads around what those distances really mean.

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And there's the issue of attempting to grasp its size: If the distances just in our Solar System are already mind-numbing, a light-year is almost ''ten trillion kilometers'', but at galactic (short of cosmological) scale is insignificant (just our galaxy, the Milky Way, has a size of one hundred thousand times that and the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest major galaxy, is at more than 2.5 million l. y.). That justifies to a point why SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale -simply put, even astronomers cannot really wrap their heads around what those distances really mean.


* The universe itself. It goes on forever, has no boundaries, but at the same time, finite[[note]]but, very likely, ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observable_universe#The_Universe_versus_the_observable_universe far larger]]'' than the part we can see from Earth, and perhaps even infinite[[/note]]. If you were able to move infinitely fast, you would just end up where you started. Creator/BillBryson used this example to try to explain it in ''A Short History of Nearly Everything'': Imagine a two-dimensional being who comes through a dimensional portal to Earth. He tries to determine the size of Earth by traveling along its surface in a straight line, but keeps coming back to his starting point, and can't figure out how he did it. This is what is happening in the universe, which is "curving" in a way that our brains just can't really grasp. Just try to conceive how this can happen.\\

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* The universe itself. It goes on forever, has no boundaries, but is at the same time, finite[[note]]but, very likely, ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observable_universe#The_Universe_versus_the_observable_universe far larger]]'' than the part we can see from Earth, and perhaps even infinite[[/note]]. If you were able to move infinitely fast, you would just end up where you started. Creator/BillBryson used this example to try to explain it in ''A Short History of Nearly Everything'': Imagine a two-dimensional being who comes through a dimensional portal to Earth. He tries to determine the size of Earth by traveling along its surface in a straight line, but keeps coming back to his starting point, and can't figure out how he did it. This is what is happening in the universe, which is "curving" in a way that our brains just can't really grasp. Just try to conceive how this can happen.\\


** The nameless CosmicEntity in [[TheNothingAfterDeath the Empty]] is incomprehensible [[UpToEleven even to angels]]. When Castiel meets it in "The Big Empty", it appears as mirror image of the angel. It explains that it can't appear in it's [[EldritchAbomination true form]], otherwise Castiel would [[GoMadFromTheRevelation go insane trying to understand it]].

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** The nameless CosmicEntity in [[TheNothingAfterDeath the Empty]] is incomprehensible [[UpToEleven even to angels]]. When Castiel meets it in "The Big Empty", it appears as a mirror image of the angel. It explains that it can't appear in it's [[EldritchAbomination true form]], otherwise Castiel would [[GoMadFromTheRevelation go insane trying to understand it]].

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