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An Eldritch Abomination with plant-like characteristics.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
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LavonPapillon1 on Jul 8th 2018 at 1:11:04 PM
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LavonPapillon1 on 22 hours ago
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Careful. Last guy that watered this little fellow got cornholed real bad.

"There's always been a god-shaped hole in man's head. Trees were the first to fill it. Mr. Wood was the trees. Mr. Wood was the forest. Well, he was a very old god who saw something very new: he saw a god-fearing society turn towards complete industrialization. So what did he do? He sacrificed his trees. He sacrificed his forest. And he became something else."
Mr. Wednesday, American Gods episode "A Murder of Gods"

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.


Examples:

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    Anime And Manga 
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.

     Film — Live-Action 
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • 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.

    Live-Action Series 
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.

    Toys 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.

Feedback: 22 replies

Jul 8th 2018 at 3:40:30 PM

Video Games:

  • 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 Eldrich 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.

Description could use to differentiate this from Man Eating Plant and Alien Kudzu a little more. Think about what an Eldritch Abomination is, and how being made of plants changes its nature, and expand that into the description.

Jul 8th 2018 at 5:17:28 PM

  • Kirby Triple Deluxe: The giant flowe 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.

Jul 8th 2018 at 10:31:28 PM

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.

Jul 9th 2018 at 1:22:20 AM

  • Corrected spelling (bare -> bear, indistriminantly).
  • Examples section
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Jul 9th 2018 at 10:53:26 AM

Jul 11th 2018 at 12:44:20 PM

The difference between this and Alien Kudzu is that these have more agency and usually some kind of brain. The difference between this and Man Eating Plant is the size and scope, with this being much larger.

Also the comparison to Humanoid Abomination is not accurate. Plant People are usually part of nature, and don't have the otherworldliness or mind-bending terror associated with a Humanoid Abomination even if evil.

Jul 13th 2018 at 2:07:08 PM

  • In one episode of Veggie Tales, a massive "rumor weed" gradually grows larger until it grows over an entire building.

Jul 13th 2018 at 6:06:25 PM

Jul 14th 2018 at 2:12:26 PM

  • 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.

Jul 15th 2018 at 10:09:45 AM

Grouped the two Cthulhu Mythos examples together.

Jul 15th 2018 at 2:13:48 PM

Science nitpick here: not sure what is meant by the "Proterozoic and Pre-proterozoic" life line. Plants did not evolve until after the Proterozoic. Most Proterozoic life was unicellular, and while multicellular organisms evolved in the late Proterozoic, they were generally small, not the large abominations mentioned in this trope. Pre-Proterozoic life was exclusively bacterial, so also not this trope.

Also, the five-kingdom model of biology is outdated by at least 20 years; it was replaced first by the 6 kingdom (Archea, Bacteria, Plantae, Fungi, Protista, Animalia) and then the 3 domain model (Archea, Bacteria, Eukaryota).

Jul 15th 2018 at 6:27:33 PM

  • Man Thing from Marvel Comics, a vaguely humanoid being made entirely of swamp vegetation. The Man-Thing possesses all sorts of plant biology, such as being able to extend its limbs, reform holes that rupture it with more plant matter, and recycle its own waste as a source of fuel. It also produces a strong corrosive substance which it uses to burn whoever feel fear.

  • Ben 10 features some plant aliens that Ben has access to:
    • Wildvine who is a literal walking plant, who walks on four vine like appendages and has vines in place of fingers.
    • Swampfire, an alien seemingly composed of plant matter. He can create vines from his hands, shoot seeds that instantly summon vines, secrete a knock-out gas, and regenerate himself whenever reduced to pulp.

Jul 16th 2018 at 11:22:25 AM

One episode of The Real Ghostbusters had a possessed geranium.

Jul 16th 2018 at 2:18:54 PM

  • 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.

Jul 17th 2018 at 3:35:27 AM

To everyone who wants to add an example to this: please read the Eldritch Abomination page before you do so. As written, several of the proposed examples are not even close to being an Eldritch Abomination (a possessed geranium?).

yesterday

^ I second this comment. If something can't honestly be described as an Eldritch Abomination or something similar, it doesn't seem like it should be here. Personally, I have my doubts about Man Thing, the triffids and SCP-307 (which seems like a much better fit for Man Eating Plant, and also looks like it needs some minor rewriting — specifically the "ensnares warm-blooded animals (including animals)" bit).

yesterday

Does this one count?

  • 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'.

yesterday

  • Undergrowth from Danny Phantom is a giant ghost plant who ends up covering the entire world in his vines and controlling the minds of the people.

yesterday

  • 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.

22 hours ago

  • Sleepy Hollow featured a demon tree monster. It pretended to be a scarecrow due to its vaguely human shape. Its weakness are its 'roots' which can be severed and cause it to bleed.

22 hours ago

^^^^^^ IIRC, it grew over half the city.

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