LavonPapillon1 on Jul 8th 2018 at 1:11:04 PM
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LavonPapillon1 on Jul 20th 2018 at 12:10:25 PM
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Much like Animalistic Abominations, these foul blights on everything bear a strong resemblance to commonplace life-forms, in this case that of natural flora.
Half the time these creatures are only plant-like superficially, kind of like Proterozoic Era life, blurring the lines between plants, animals, fungi, bacteria and the other things. They may plant their feet (or whatever passes for such) in the ground, attracting vermin like bees and butterflies, exhaling toxic spores and hypnotic pollen and sucking out the water and nitrogen and fertilizer from its surroundings.
These creatures often possess a taste for flesh, human or otherwise. In other cases, all they care about is laying down their roots, overgrowing and infesting the land and starving the ecosystem of its own resources. If it grows fruit, it probably imbues those that eat it with supernatural abilities before they explode from the alien parasites that germinated in their intestines.
Combine this with Humanoid Abomination and you get a Plant Person, with an Animalistic Abomination and you get a Planimal, a Mechanical Abomination you get Organic Technology covered in vines and flowers, though for all three of these to apply they would still need to have the same otherworldliness and mind-bending terror you would expect from an Eldritch Abomination of any category.
Note: Fungi are not plants, but fiction still treats the two groups as interchangeable often enough for them to fit here.
- Within the lore of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, the Crimson Dragon, divine god and embodiment of the Dragon Star, led a group of duel spirit dragons known as the Signer Dragons to slay the Crimson Devil Red Nova, and later a group of Animalistic Abominations known as the Earthbound Immortals. One of these signer dragons was the Black Rose Dragon, a plant-like dragon that would manifest as the signature Duel Monsters card of dueling psychic Akiza Izinski.
- In Rosario + Vampire, Lady Oyakata (Ruby in the anime) uses her magic to merge her body with that of her hanabake plant monsters and becomes a giant plant monster with the intent of destroying Tsukune, his Unwanted Harem and every human being within the neighboring town.
- In the Digimon fourth season Digimon Frontier, the Creation Myth of the Digital World claims that the Ten Legendary Warriors fought together to banish the evil Lucemon into the Dark Area beneath the surface of the Digital World. Each of the Legendary Warriors are based off of the various elements associated with the various Digimon-Types. One such warrior was AncientTroiamon, a Trojan Horse-like Digimon that embodied the element of wood and would eventually pass on its traits and abilities to all of the Plant Digimon. He would later be reincarnated into the Human Spirit Arbormon and the Beast Spirit Petaldramon, both of which corrupted and brought to life by the Virus-Attribute Cherubimon. While AncientTroiamon and Arbormon are both mechanical in nature, their status as the embodiment of the element of wood makes them qualify as this as well.
- The Green is an elemental force which connects all forms of plant life on Earth in DC Comics. It is governed by a group of plant elementals known as the Parliament of Trees, and usually selects a specific individual with a connection to the green to act as The Champion to maintain balance on their behalf, Swamp Thing being their most famous champion.
- The Grey was an elemental force similar to the Green that formed on a far-off grey, alien planet. When such alien planet was destroyed, a fragmented meteor made from the remains of the planet landed on Earth, bringing what would later be known as the Fungal Kingdom with it. While the plants and fungi would live in relative peace, until mating (a plant elemental and former member of the Parliament of Trees) defected to the Grey and tempted humanity with the Tree of Knowledge and fostered its potential to destroy, leasing to hostility between the two forces of nature.
- Morrigan Lugus from Supergod was arguably the first of the superhumans the series was centered around. He was manifested when three astronauts with minimal radiation shielding were exposed to an unknown, extraterrestrial breed of fungus, fusing them into a massive, three-face being. Mentally it's an entity beyond human comprehension - its entire fungal physiology acting similar to an organic supercomputer - whose mere presence warps the human mind. It eventually succeeds in its revenge against the human race, still spiteful for its own creation due to mankind's willingness to sacrifice its human components, through the use of infecting everyone with its deadly spores.
- Biollante from Godzilla vs. Biollante is a Godzilla, rose, and human tribrid created by Genshiro Shiragami. Shiragami originally created a human-and-rose hybrid in 1984 by splicing the DNA of his daughter, Erika Shiragami, who was killed in a Bio-Major-authorized bombing of his lab in Saradia, with that of a rosebush, as roses had been Erika's favorite flower. It was later suggested that as a result of the fusion, the plant developed a level of sentience which could only be detected by those with psychic abilities, like Miki Saegusa. Then, in 1990, Mount Mihara began to erupt, creating an earthquake that killed several roses. Panicking, Shiragami spliced samples of Godzilla's DNA (given to him by the Japanese Self-Defense Force in order for Shiragami to help create the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria) that had been collected in 1984 with a single rose so that it could use Godzilla's advanced healing factor to become invincible. The fusion eventually further increased the plant's sentience and gave it the ability to move on its own, and it continued to evolve into what would soon become Biollante.
- Cthulhu Mythos
- The Green God from the Ramsey Campbell short story The Horror Under Warrendown is a sentient plant-like entity dwelling within a series of subterranean caverns, where it is always served by mutant rabbit-like worshippers.
- The Mi-Go are fungal monsters who have established a base on Pluto from which to scout out exceptional minds on Earth. They're masters of Bio-Augmentation and come across as malevolent to humans, but are implied to have a Blue and Orange Morality system that doesn't recognize that most people don't want to be abducted as a Brain in a Jar to attend an off-world Fantastic Science symposium.
- Mr. Wood from American Gods was originally an Old God worshipped by humanity when it began, having been a god associated with trees. When animistic belief dwindled and industrialization took hold, Mr. Wood foresaw that he would eventually cease to exist when he would be forgotten and, rather than dying, sacrificed his own trees and joined the New Gods. While only seen briefly in "A Murder of Gods", briefly disguised as a wooden desk at the police office with the knot opening to reveal a human-eye. It soon comes to life and attacks Shadow, becoming a monstrous tree that implants a growing, parasitic plant into Shadow as a means of tracking him, only for Mr. Wednesday to remove it when they escape.
- Sleepy Hollow featured the Tree Monster, a humanoid tree/scarecrow demon summoned by Moloch left in a dormant state outside of the Fredricks Estate.
- Various plant-type monsters from Yu-Gi-Oh! - like the "Predaplant", "Rose" and "Sylvan" archetypes - fall under the category of "abomination."
- Dungeons & Dragons: The Demon Lord Zuggtmoy, Lady of Rot and Decay, manifests as a gigantic fungal humanoid woman. She also rules over a layer of the Abyss that's overgrown with miles-high fungi and tries to spread her corruption to the Material Plane, with And I Must Scream results for anyone who gets interred her "gardens" or infected with her spores.
- Pathfinder: Cyth-V'sug, the demon lord of fungus, parasites and disease, takes the physical form of a house-sized, animated mass of fungi, vines, tubers and rot. Depictions of him vary between showing him as a hulking, beast-like quadruped composed of rotting vegetable matter or as a flying mass of wooden claws, fangs and horns dotted with bulbous fungal "eyes" and gnarled branches, but always shrouded in miasma and swarming vermin. He used to be a qlippoth, an ancient race of Eldritch Abominations that ruled the Abyss before demons arose, before he became a demon, and thus lacks any resemblance to mortal forms or sanity in his appearance. His realm, Jeharlu, is a planet-sized mass of living fungus that feeds parasitically on any world or plane it is able to contact, corrupting them and absorbing them into itself.
- BIONICLE: the Morbuzakh was a giant plant monster that terrorized the island of Metru Nui with its tendrils until the Toa Metru destroyed its root. It had a predecessor that was named Karzahni.
- The Old One, the Big Bad of Demon's Souls, looks like a massive bramble of trees and tree limbs.
- Dark Souls:
- The Bed of Chaos from Dark Souls I is a massive demon that was once the Witch of Izalith, one of the Lords and a god to the humans of Anor Londo who, in an attempt to recreate the First Flame and prolong the Age of Fire, accidentally created the Chaos Flame, turning everyone in Izalith into chaos demons. It takes the form of a massive tree-like monstrosity who's roots can be found all across Izalith, with the chaos flame sitting atop it.
- The Curse-rotted Greatwood from Dark Souls III was once a Greatwood tree found in the Undead Settlement that, after being used as a dumping ground for curses far and wide (since curses cannot be broken, but passed on), warped and became a monstrous creature that attacks indiscriminately.
- The Plant Abomination from the Facebook game Phantom Chronicles is a grotesque creature that resembles a cross between a pair of webbed hands, a human body and a hagfish, capable of growing even more hands in its evolved form Hellish Plant Abomination.
- In the Heart of Thorns expansion of Guild Wars 2, the Elder Dragon Mordremoth is made out of plants. He can control thorny vines and grow mobile plants out of corpses; the entire Maguuma Jungle is controlled by his minions. All the Elder Dragons are Eldritch Abominations, destructive forces made of pure magic that have slept for thousands of years, and Mordremoth is no exception. Like many eldritch abominations, he can also control the minds and enter the dreams of weak-willed Sylvari.
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe: The giant flower plant Dreamstalk isn't really an abomination until Queen Sectonia merged with it, after which the plant grows out of control and starts sucking the life out of not just the Floating Continent Floralia but also the Planet Popstar. Merging with the plant also gives Sectonia immense powers, as well, as seen in her boss fight.
- Undertale: At the end of the Neutral route, Flowey the Flower gains the power of the human souls and becomes an enormous, omnipotent beast called Omega Flowey or Photoshop Flowey. This form combines plantlike features with machine parts.
- One of the Source-powered skills in Divinity: Original Sin II lets you summon a Hungry Flower: a monstrous plant the size of tool shed that has a mean bite for any enemy nearby and poison spit for everyone else. Its only limitation is, naturally, the inability to move.
- The Sepulcher from Silent Hill: Homecoming is the manifestation of Sam Bartlett's guilt over murdering his son Joey Bartlett via live burial. Sepulcher appears as a gigantic cross between a corpse and a monstrous tree. His whole body hangs from the ceiling, and his bloated underside resembles a destroyed trunk of a tree, with bits of bodies hanging out of it. His "trunk" is connected by hooks to several bodies that are wrapped in cocoon-like sacks of flesh. He supports himself with his long arms and large hands, he only has three fingers with four fingernails, which he also uses to attack. His face is dominated by a root-like, fleshy tumor. When he is dismounted from the ceiling, he will crawl on his arms and drag the rest of his body behind him. The skin on his arms are stretched thin, reminiscent of a decomposing corpse. The oozing growth over his mouth could also represent Joey's suffocation while buried alive, the tumor-like growth also bears a resemblance to Amnion's umbilical cord.
- Many of the plant-based SCPs captured by the SCP Foundation can qualify as this.
- SCP 417 is an anomalous species of African baobab tree that grows fruit that are filled with a rather aggressive species of biting insects with venom that varies in severeness from person to person.
- SCP-2517 is a memetic entity that manifests in the form of a recurring childhood memory of the non-existent theme-park known as "Cragglewood Park", with many of the characters associated with the park being a variety of Anthropomorphic trees of differing species.
- The Slender Man Mythos: Given his strange appearance and his habit of appearing in forests, the Slender Man is sometimes implied to be some kind of plant creature - either a forest that evolved sentience and created an avatar to hunt humans, or something born from the ghosts of criminals who were executed by hanging them from trees.
- Creepweed from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) episode "The Creeping Doom" is a gestalt entity born from the merging of the Creep, a Jason Vorhees/Swamp Thing Plant Person, and the Son of Snakeweed, a clone of the plant mutant Snake Weed. It is a massive entity with the same healing-factor as its components, emitting a strong sleeping-gas and trapping human beings with the intent of eating them.
- Fungus Humungous from the episode of the same name (and not the trope of the same name) was a giant mutant mushroom lurking within New York City's sewers, thriving and spreading itself and its army of Mushroom Men within its dank, dark corridors. It was able to grow stringer and larger by feeding on the fear of others, doing so by using its hallucinogenic spores to cause those exposed to it to experience their greatest fears (Casey with rats, April with bats, Raphael and cockroaches, etc).
- In one episode of VeggieTales, a massive "rumor weed" (having been bestowed sentience when a potted plant landed on an electrical wire) gradually grows larger until it grows over an entire building.
- Ben 10: The Mycelium is a massive creature (no doubt of alien origin) that hid beneath Camp Opinicon and had command over a savage race of Mushroom Men. Because fiction likes to portray fungi and plants to be similar, Ben was able to telepathically communicate with it as Wildvine.
- In Ben 10: Alien Force, the Highbreed failsafe is a towering monster composed of a mix of plants, trees, soil, and organic matter. It was created from several Brainwashed and Crazy humans merging in a special cocoon and turned into its components, including 'antibody' like beings that serve as an immune system, or in Grandpa Max's case the thing's 'brain'.
- Undergrowth from Danny Phantom is a giant ghost plant who ends up covering the entirety of Amity Park in his vines and controlling the minds of the people out of revenge for humanity's destructive attitude towards nature.
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