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When a character with superpowers - be it scientific impossibilities, magic or Toon Physics - is adapted into another type of media, sometimes an easy explanation for how they exist can be tricky. One such method is to explain that they are simply better than everyone else, and that includes you, dear reader!

They didn't come from Tropeville, Nebraska in this continuity; they hail from another dimension where our weird is their normal. They aren't insane in this version, they follow a train of thought and code of ethics that operates on another plane of existence from us. They aren't The Hero or The Villain this time around because they are Above Good and Evil!

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Sub-Trope of Eldritch Abomination. Super-Trope to Santabomination. Contrast Adaptational Mundanity. See also Adaptational Badass and Adaptational Villainy.


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     Anime and Manga 

     Comic Books 

     Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Ritual, one of the cultists in the film claims that the supernatural monster in the film is a Jotunn, more specifically a spawn of Loki. In Norse Mythology, Jotunns are alternatively known as "Frost Giants". Interpretations of what Jotunns look like depend between adaptations, usually being pictured as being similar to humans and gods, but significantly larger, with other adaptations giving them ice-based decor to them. Here though, the Jotunn is portrayed as an Animalistic Abomination with the body of a large elk overgrown with plant matter, with the addition of protruding spines from the vertebrae and an additional set of human-like hands by her hips. Her head is far more monstrous, resembling a headless human torso with antlers for arms and arms for legs, with a vaguely human head with glowing eyes where its crotch would be.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • It (2017): Played with the titular Pennywise/It. While It was an Eldritch Abomination in the books, these traits are exaggerated in the 2017 adaptation. The original Pennywise was mostly capable of putting on the act of a flashy, friendly clown, however Bill Skarsgård's interpretation is more feral and obviously monstrous, rarely bothering to even act human. Pennywise is clearly inhuman from the get go, while in the books it only becomes apparent later on.
  • In James and the Giant Peach, the rhinoceros which ate James's parents is really just an animal. In the live-action/animated film, it is a malevolent supernatural entity from beyond which manifests as a storm cloud shaped like a rhinoceros.
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     Literature 

     Live-Action TV 
  • Kaamelott: Meleagant was originally Guinevere's kidnapper in the tales of King Arthur. Here, he's some kind of Humanoid Abomination who visibly terrifies the Lady of the Lake just by existing, mind-controls people and corrupts Lancelot, implies he can't be killed, and seeks to drive Arthur to suicide. When asked what the hell he is, he identifies as the gods' answer to Arthur's sins (sleeping with a vassal knight's wife).

     Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: The legend of Saint George and the Dragon upgrades the dragon to a C'tan, a star vampire currently locked on Mars and implied to be the real Omnissiah worshiped by the Adeptus Mechanicus.

     Video Game 
  • Fate/Grand Order:
    • Tiamat of Mesopotamian Mythology here isn't just the goddess of Primordial Chaos - she's one of the Evils of Humanity aka Beasts and her nature as the ultimate My Beloved Smother is brought front and center.
    • The Foreigner-class Servants are historical people who made contact with the "Outer Gods" and manage to cling to their sanity, leaving them with some powers from the Outer Gods at their disposal. Currently none of them have connections to the eldritch in life (as far as anybody knows, anyway...) but the game's story explains how each of them came to be. Abigail Williams (famous for the Salem Witch Trial) was forced to become the host for Yog-Sothoth, while Katsushika Hokusai apparently gets contacted by what's implied to be Cthulhu, and his Trial Quest says that Abigail has inadvertently opened the way for more Outer Gods to "visit" the Earth.
    • In Celtic Mythology, Diarmuid ua Duibhne was killed by a demonic boar. This game shows that the boar was closer to an Animalistic Abomination, who eats magic runes and strikes fear even to dragonkind.
  • In the Castlevania series, Dracula is more than just a powerful vampire. He is the commander of a seemingly endless army of demons, including the Grim Reaper himself, has various forms of powerful black magic at his disposal, including Resurrective Immortality, owns a castle that itself is another demon and is known for changing forms, and he has the ability to turn into all sorts of demonic forms. In Chronicles of Sorrow duology, it's revealed that Dracula is also known as The Dark Lord, which is basically this universe's equivalent to Satan.

     Web Video 
  • In Joueur du Grenier, the review of Barney Hide and Seek turns Barney The Dinosaur into a child-hunting monstrosity. As the game is intended for small children, the kids are very easy to find, there's no way to die and if you leave the game idle, Barney starts walking to the exit by himself. The narration takes this to mean that Barney cannot be hidden from, cannot be killed, and cannot be stopped.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: Missingno is a video game glitch that while somewhat creepy, wasn't anything beyond that. The Entity by contrast is a universe-assimilating monster that's the most dangerous member of a pantheon of eldritch abominations, and a threat to the entire multiverse. Lewis wrote it as such because Missingno creeped him out as a kid, and represented this by making it a Lovecraftian monster.
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     Western Animation 


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