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  • El Goonish Shive has the eponymous "whale" of the January 2013 story arc. It's simultaneously of and NOT of our reality, and it's even depicted in a very odd way compared to other characters. However, it and its kind appear to be benevolent, and feed on excess magic energy in an area, keeping it from going out of control. They admit they're more similar to bottom-feeders in this respect, but prefer to be called whales. "We like whales."
  • Invoked in Freefall when Sam starts to explain the correct way to steal; Qwerty observes, "The tentacled horror from beyond my stars spoke, and von Neumann help me, in my madness I understood its words."
  • The first radio play in Girl Genius mentions extradimensional abominations coming out of a well, leading directly to low rents.
    • In the actual webcomic, it is revealed that there are extra-dimensional horrors scary enough to dissuade even Mad Scientists as reckless as the Heterodynes from messing with time. When time is disturbed, they notice. The above picture is of them. The Castle also mentions that's not the first time they show up, though last time they were much smaller and had brought hats. Which later leads to the revelation that those exact smaller, hat-wearing, tangential-to-time eldritch monsters might be under Wulfenbach employment.
  • Guilded Age: The beast the cultists let into the world. It appears to be able to destroy people completely, in a way that appears to involve their nature as video game characters.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • Coyote is a phenomenally powerful Reality Warper, even by the standards of a setting where magic and magitek is everywhere, who casually plucks the moon from the sky and doesn't even maintain the same shape between panels. When Annie sees Coyote in the ether he can best be described as a starry night sky with lots of teeth and eyes, and she rightly describes him as "magnificent and terrifying".
    • Zimmy sees Kat's etheric form, as this. Later events show it's not just Zimmy: A glimpse is shown at the end of "The Torn Sea", and Annie gets her first good look at it when she breaks into the arrow at the end of "Jeanne".
      • Kat was shown to see many more esoteric things of the Court as completely mundane and is was capable to interact/modify them based on this view, so the perception kinda makes sense...
    • Jones a.k.a Wandering Eye is the oldest, most bizarre and mysterious creature on the planet. "Creature" because they aren't really alive, being immortal, indestructible, and unchanging since the very first second of their existence, "oldest" because their existence began 4.5 billion years ago (and they remember every second of it), and "mysterious" because not even they have the slightest clue what they are. Annie's reaction to learning this is priceless.
  • Guttersnipe features H.P. Lovecraft as a sort of 1920s Stephenie Meyer, complete with eldritch abominations standing in for sparkly vampires.
  • Homestuck:
    • The Horrorterrors of the Furthest Ring befit the classic definition of vast monsters of varying forms of hideousness and deformity, with plenty of tentacles. There's probably hundreds of them, arranged in several tiers of power, the strongest being the Noble Circle of Horrorterrors. They can communicate with the Derse dreamers of every session of Sburb and are intended to provide some level of guidance. In the kids' session, Rose - previously well-read in their lore - channels their power through her Thorns of Oglogoth and it proves to have a less-than-desirable effect on her sanity.
    • Feferi, one of the trolls, was raised by one. It once provided the image for this page.
      • Feferi's lusus is capable of killing every troll in the Universe with a sound. And she's an emissary of the Noble Circle of Horrorterrors, implied to be a lesser version.
    • Lord English, the thing that is killing the Horrorterrors, is a time-traveling demon who feeds on dead universes, and has lived through every universe, ever. Then we find out he's just another player in the game.
    • The Denizens are beings that act as the boss of each player's personal planet and are responsible for creating most of the enemies in the game that are not Carapacians. However they are far more than just ordinary Sburb NPCs. They posses knowledge of events in other timeless and are even able to affect events in other timelines, and it is in fact implied that each of them is the same being in every version of Sburb in every timeline and not just parallel versions of each other like other recurring Sburb characters. Most of them look like gigantic snakes with faces that shine like suns. Each of them speaks in a Starfish Language that can only be understood by players that were assigned them. Several of them are named after gods and monsters from Greek Mythology, many of which are also listed in the section on Religion And Mythology. The most powerful of them all is Yaldabaoth. They are not good or evil, as it normally isn't actually necessary for the players to fight them and if the player does not attack them they offer players a choice which helps them towards their destiny, although they are just as willing to help evil players as good ones.
    • Adult Cherubs are this, to an extent. Although they're just powerful beings, when they mate they turn into giant rage snakes and fight.
  • Elohim, the "true" God of Holy Bibble is described as "present[ing] to us all in a humanoid form, [though] that is merely a crafted illusion on his part. His true form exists beyond the three spatial dimensions of our plane." His origin and the limits to his powers are unknown.
  • Some of Lovecraft's Elder Gods make an appearance in the "Games We Play In Hell" arc of Jack.
  • Several instances in Kidd Commander. Besides the "Elder Gods"? There's a panel or two with "Queen" Hastur, the least cruel of the known Elders, and one of the smaller ones. When she showed up, the sky bled.
  • While bound devils in Kill Six Billion Demons are not particularly eldritch — just Always Chaotic Evil usually humanoid monsters — there is the chaos outside reality from which they are made via magical masks. It's ambiguous whether devils even exist as individuals prior to being given masks, or whether it's just some kind of chaotic and evil soup. In any case, it's a lot more freaky than the masked devils. When, on one occasion, a devil decides to break its deal with a mortal and discards its mask to become an unbound devil, it starts getting eldritch-looking very fast.
  • Lovely Lovecraft: This comic is inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos, so horrible beings abound. Notable cases are Noyes, AKA Nyarlathotep, and Azalea, AKA Azathoth.
  • Cthulhu is included in a list of (otherwise real) horrifying sea creatures in Mandatory Roller Coaster.
  • Exris from Monster Lands is a shadow inside a robe whose only features are his white eyes and jagged teeth, which seem to be floating around inside his body
  • Gravehouse of Necessary Monsters turns out to be much more tentacle-monstery than the human he looks like. ("I crawled into his body and ate him up from the inside out. Until all that was left was skin and memory. Tell me... would you like to meet the real me?")
  • New York Magician: Hello, Cthulhu!
  • The Non-Adventures of Wonderella has its particular Captain Ersatz of Starro:
    Wonderella: Meet Spirral. Duder's a 300-story thingy who travels the galaxy, mind-controlling millions with his Spirral Spores.
  • The Order of the Stick: The Snarl is an incomprehensible being born from deific rage and strife, kept in check from destroying the world and the gods only by five one measly gate. He's depicted as nothing but lines of blue and purple energy in a very vaguely humanoid form. And, ironically, it's also more "real" than the Gods themselves, because the more pantheons involved in a single creation the more stable it is, and the Snarl's "creation" involved a pantheon that doesn't exist anymore in combination with all the others that remain. Part of its terrible power is that it's more fundamentally stable than anything every God combined together could make, so it just slices through creation and can wear down any gate.
  • Ow, my sanity features an Unwanted Harem of powerful beings from Lovecraft... who take human female forms.
  • The Packrat has the Demon of Waste (December 2010).
  • In Rusty and Co., the Python summons an elder god... Deus ex Machina.
  • In The Salvation War setting, according to Word of God, whatever lives on the opposite side of the Minos Portal in Hell (the portal through which the human dead arrive in Hell) exists in a reality so different and alien that nothing from either "Universe-One" (Earth) or any of the "Universe-Twos" (Heaven, Hell, and other assorted "higher-level" realities) can exist on it. Nothing either living or mechanical from either set of universes that passes through the portal has ever returned.
  • Schlock Mercenary has the Paa'nuri (with a mobile apostrophe), entities made entirely of Dark Matter and only detectable by traditional matter through the gravitational disturbances they generate and also used as weapons. Only ever "seen" on a gravy-screen, where it looks like a mass of tentacles the size of a planet. It's implied by one joke that either their term for other races translates directly as "annoying" or they don't actually have a word for other races and just call them annoying.
  • Shadowgirls takes direct inspiration from Lovecraft for its portrayal of the occult, most obviously in the character of Mother Hydra.
  • Darumatha, the Demon-Dragon of Broken Hours (with a name like that...) in The Water Phoenix King. It might appear in the form of one of your dead friends, fatal injuries and all, or it might take its real form of a vast serpentine coil of living metal scales, fangs, and spikes reaching all the way to the outer stars, a manifestation capable of making strong men vomit in terror, or as a charming young woman in an evening dress who prattles cheerfully on about cutting hearts out. Or just go back and forth between all these shapes, apparently at random.
  • In the webcomic Wildlife the protagonist is one of these.
  • xkcd features Sheeple.
  • Incubus Tales features recurring antagonists known only as "Abominations", which are said to be anathema to everything that is not them. They have been shown to take a variety of shapes and forms, all of which are appalling and traumatic to everything and everyone around them. One of the most prominent, the Lord of Abominations, was so monstrous it was not shown and may have been incomprehensible.
  • Keychain of Creation has the Primordials, entities from before time, as is normal for Exalted.
    Secret: [looking at a mural] What are these, Misho?
    Misho: Mostly, they're images of the primordials, as they were before the war. The gods felt it important we be reminded who we were fighting... thought we would feel a bit more confidence if we knew the nature of our foes.
    Secret: Who's that?
    Misho: That would be Adrián, the River of All Torments. The gods weren't... used to humans, at that point.
  • All Night Laundry "What kind of maggot grows in the corpse of a day?"
    • This quote sums up the "Botfly," or the "Green Lady," a bizarre time parasite that travels through time and breaks reality. The best glimpse we've ever gotten of it is a horrifying, blurred out, tentacled monstrosity that follows Bina closely. When she turns around, it turns into a television, preventing us from witnessing the true horror.
  • Apothecia has the alien that Jesse meets, which can best be described as a writhing, fungal stew with More Teeth than the Osmond Family and eyes and Blue and Orange Morality that makes killing things as important to it as breathing is for us.
  • In DeepRise The Nobles build their cities around huge sleeping things that emit a steady stream of heat, radiation and other useful things.


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