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A coyote, and THE Coyote.

"This was no chicken, it was evil manifest."
Kahlan Amnell (on the Chimes of Death), Sword of Truth: Soul of the Fire

It's big, powerful and nasty. It's not humanoid, but familiar all the same.

This trope is for Eldritch Abominations that either naturally resemble (somewhat) ordinary animals, or else possess Animorphism and spend a good deal of time in the animal form. A Draconic Abomination takes the form of a dragon in particular. If the abomination has similar behavior to its non-eldritch counterparts, it might also be an Almighty Idiot.

See also Botanical Abomination for similar perversions of a different part of the natural world.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Most of the Juuma from 3×3 Eyes resemble grotesque animals of sort carrying supernatural powers and bound to the life of their user, consuming a bit of it each time they're conjured (as such, only Wu, who benefit from Complete Immortality, can safely handle them). Most of them resembles insects or arthropods (Tu Zhao, for example, looks like a crab-like critted with a massive set of double blades on its tail) and range from rather mundane (a snake made of lightning or a giant salmon with a body made of gaseous shadow) to bizarre (a quartet of lizard-like tiny bipeds with an exposed brain in a dome for a head).
  • In Animal Land, the Chimeras that Giller uses are unnatural monstrosities that aren't anything compared to the relatively natural-looking animals of Animal Land. A number of them look more like they come from Berserk than a lighthearted animal manga.
  • Berserk:
    • The Beast, Guts's Enemy Within and possibly the sentient incarnation of his hatred and rage (and boy does he have a lot of both), usually takes the form of a large canine with lightning bolt-shaped eyes. The Berserker armor's helmet, which was previously skull-shaped, now resembles its face when Guts wears it.
    • Several Apostles have animalistic One-Winged Angel forms, most notably Zodd (pantherlike minotaur), Rosine (gigantic moth), and the Count (humongous slug).
  • A lot of Hollows in Bleach have animal-like forms.
  • Blood-C: Some of the Elder Bains have animal-like forms, including a "spider" and a "rabbit".
  • Chainsaw Man: The adorable, dog-shaped creature that Denji knows is not Pochita's true form. Beam vaguely describes a much more powerful being, and his old "hero of Hell" form is later shown to be an a hulking humanoid with a spiked carapace and four arms.
  • The kutsutsura encountered by Marisa in Chapter 13 of Forbidden Scrollery takes the form of an undefined animal made out of black smoke.
  • Hellsing:
    • One of Alucard's alternate forms is a many-eyed Hellhound that he calls Baskerville.
    • The Captain, in his wolf form, more resembles this than a traditional werewolf.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • JoJolion: The Dododo de Dadada's body and anatomy is incomprehensibly bizarre. It looks more like an Erector set than it does a living animal. The Obladi Oblada takes the form of a flat creature with an animal paw print design on its top side as it attaches itself to a target like a parasite before multiplying all over the target and consuming them.
    • The JoJoLands: Initially, The Cat seem to be relatively normal outside of its ability to summon threads. However, it can not only generate these threads from the body, but also meld to form nets.
  • From Kakurenbo, one of the demons, Blood-Taker, is a giant vaguely-mechanical lion-dog. That hunts down children.
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes: In the main series, it's mentioned that animals can very rarely have Quirks, and here we see an example. "Queen Bee" is in fact a mutated bee with a Quirk that allows her to control a human host, while also directing her hive of bees. She enters the host's body through their left eye, leaving it permanently ruined. The only way to get her out is to kill the host, then rip the queen out of the eye, and revive the host with a defibrillator. And Villain Factory apparently has more than one of these bees...
  • Naruto has the Tailed Beasts, huge beasts made up of chakra with a set number of tails that rank their hierarchy within them, but are otherwise exaggerated versions of living animals like a fox or raccoon dog. The Ten Tails that they originate from does not resemble any natural creature and is more alien than the rest of them, though even it has an animalistic form -- in this case, a rabbit.
  • Some of the Angels from Neon Genesis Evangelion look like animals; Gaghiel is an aquatic creature that looks like a cross between a shark, a whale and a pliosaur, Arael is an Energy Being that looks vaguely like a gigantic bird, and Matarael looks like a Giant Spider.
  • The Raven in Princess Tutu. He's a monstrous, shadowy entity with a corrupting influence who only vaguely resembles a giant bird.
  • Kyubey from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is ultimately revealed to be this — and doubles as an Adorable Abomination.
  • The web-manga Something Like A Cat is about a young boy who finds something that resembles a black cat, aside from the fact it doesn't seem to have any mouth or legs, and takes it in as his pet under the impression it actually is a cat. Despite the facts it seems to shrink when bathed, collars go through it as though it has no solid anything under the ball of almost-fur, it can stick to the ceiling, prefers bread rather than meat, can entirely engulf small children, can split into pieces and merge back with no consequences, makes Black Speech sounds and can shine brightly in the dark, whatever it is, it's content to otherwise behave as a loyal pet.
  • Many beasts in Toriko, particularly if they're from the Gourmet World. Case in point, the Ficasdaltonphant.

  • As this article from Bogleech points out that Western dragons were depicted with this trope until very recently. This is because they were meant to be symbolic of Satan, thus not to be admired as badass or fearsome, but despised as vile and sickening — a point that the article discusses at length and is heavily emphasized in the art.
  • The "Persian Three-Legged Ass", a colossal unicorn-like beast mentioned in Persian myth, which, while not the original unicorn myth, is most certainly related. Read here.
  • Many paintings by Salvador Dalí are famous for depicting horses, elephants and similar animals with spindly, enormous legs and other nightmarish features.

    Comic Books 
  • Faith: Dreamside gives us Belu, a monster who consumes old discarded dreams. He resembles a massive snake with horns, wings, two sets of eyes, and a face that's split lengthwise.
  • Hound: Morrigan in monster form is a gigantic crow-like beast with red eyes.
  • Marvel Universe brings us the Makluans, a race of highly advanced aliens who strongly resemble (and are said to inspire) the dragons of various folklore. They were even worshipped as gods at one point in history. Perhaps the most iconic member of their race is Fin Fang Foom, whose name translates into "He whose limbs shatter mountains and whose back scrapes the sun".
  • Requiem Vampire Knight had Aiwass, a Lord of Limbo in the shape of a mandrill monkey.
  • Shazam! has the Hyperfly, the matured form of Mr. Mind. In this state, the previously inch-long caterpillar-like Mr. Mind has grown into a planet-plus sized winged insectoid which is capable of shifting between dimensions at will and devouring space/time. Debuting in 52 (Week 51, Day 7), the Hyperfly is responsible for the distinct 52-world multiverse that DC Comics occupies, having selectively devoured portions of each universe's history and causing it to mutate into its distinctive form, when originally they were all identical to each other.
  • Several supernatural critters in Silk Hills take this form. The deer-thing outwardly appears to be an aggressive and wild deer, but to certain victims it reveals a human face buried in its neck, and the deer's body can absorb people whole. The godly entity that Celia encounters while tripping on moth dust is an unfathomably large mass of moths taking the shape of The Mothman, and the victims of the moth cultists transform into gigantic mothlike creatures, too.
  • Supergirl story Supergirl's Greatest Challenge: A planetary explosion caused by a doomsday device turned a laboratory bird into a humongous energy being who is powerful enough to destroy planets by accident. Despite its body being a white-outlined, translucent and intangible mass of positive ions -which led Kara to call it Negative Creature-, it still looks like a giant bird of prey.

    Fan Works 
  • Besides the Will of Evil: Reiziger was once a perfectly normal caribou, but whatever he is now, he most certainly isn't one anymore. He maintains the appearance of a normal caribou (if one with solid red eyes) most of the time, but then his mask will drop or "blur", at which something becomes visible that is vast, amorphous, dark and hungry, with far too many antlers, eyes, teeth and mouths. The author explicitly compares him to Nyarlathotep and Azathoth in a couple of end-of-chapter notes.
  • The Bridge: Several.
    • Grand King Ghidorah superficially resemble dragons like those found in Equestria and in Terra's ancient past, but is a 100 million year old cosmic entity. His insides are made of molten, golden ichors and the closest equivalent he has to a vital organ is a crystalline sphere inside his chest that houses the souls of all those he's devoured.
    • The three Primordial Aspects of Terra also resemble living animals but are even older and predate life on Terra. Enjin looks like a chimera of different primates, but has Combat Tentacles forming an external rib cage and is made of physical mana.
    • The Nexuses of Light and Dark Magic in Equestria, Harmony and Grogar, look like a pony and a goat respectively. Each is a Physical God whose power is on the same level as the Big Bad Bagan who is also a god.
  • Child of the Storm has a lot of them:
    • Fenrir, a colossal (and vile) wolf capable of eating an Asgardian whole (considering that said Asgardian was Sif, and he'd bitten her hand off, she just cut her way out from the inside).
    • Jormungandr, the Father of Dragons, and one of Surtur's Great Captains, an absurdly huge dragon that Thor has previously defeated... by throwing him into a neutron star.
      • The Elder Wyrm, one of Jormungandr's many children, and a fully fledged planet killing wingless dragon the size of a mountain.
  • Children of an Elder God: The first enemy fought by Shinji was an Eldritch Abomination which looked like a giant spider. Later on, Asuka fought a green, crab-like Elder God.
  • Codex Equus: Many instances exist in the Codexverse, but it especially applies to the deities of Equus. Since deities have a different biological nature from mortals, they stop aging the moment they achieve godhood, only becoming more eldritch and Stronger with Age over even millennia. The most prominent example is the Alicorns - according to Queen Mzazi, the older an Alicorn is, the more they start becoming eldritch in nature. Signs include a wing color gradient, multiple wings, elemental/ethereal manes and tails, elemental/ethereal wing feathers, a mutated Cutie Mark, and increased physical size.
    • Golden Scepter is a divine Eohippus/Pony hybrid due to being a son of one of the Thirteen Empyreans, and because deities in the Codexverse get Stronger with Age, his true form is an ancient Alicorn with Eohippus traits (which his sons would inherit to a lesser degree), six wings made of holy fire, and a mane and tail made of black spatial energy, displaying scenes of stars and yellow giants, and a Holy Halo. Dr. Endless Dreams has once described his true form as "a star in living space". However, he is a benevolent example, as he is a Reasonable Authority Figure, a loving husband and father, and a Living Legend. He usually appears as a normal-looking Alicorn or, in certain situations, an Earthpony stallion named 'Revelation' to be closer to mortals. A canonized Codexverse drabble reveals that at some point, he started to grow his fourth set of wings, something that Queen Mzazi noticed during a friendly visit.
    • Queen Mzazi is also one, being in Golden Scepter's age-group yet is 'older' than him. While capable of assuming a 'normal' Zebralicorn form or even a mortal form to mingle with her peers or her children, her true form is that of a gigantic Zebralicorn goddess with eight wings made of lightning, a pink and green mane and tail made out of lightning storms. As a full-fledged Zebralicorn goddess, she also has chimeric traits like an Abada's short nasal horn and the Zebrican Kelpie's legs which are made of solidified water. According to her, her eldritch appearance is the result of her eons of uninterrupted growth, and Alicorns in general would develop eldritch traits at around her age. Despite her supernaturally eldritch appearance, though, she's both a very benevolent goddess and a highly-respected Queen, and loves her mortal Zebra children.
    • Isati of the Abyssinian pantheon is a feline variant. Much like the similarly ancient Golden Scepter and Mzazi, she can assume a "casual"-looking divine form when around mortals, but her true form is described as a huge (though smaller than Mzazi, who's older than her) and ancient saber-toothed lioness whose mane burns in a shape that makes her head resemble the summer sun, while her tail and fur also burn constantly. However, as is the case with most ancient divines, she is a very benevolent, motherly, and even playful individual who loves both her divine and mortal children, and will protect them from even her own tyrannical children if need be.
    • Queen Andromeda's true divine form as a Celestial Pony goddess is described as a much larger mare with six wings, and a mane and tail made of solar storms. It's noted that in this form, she looks rather similar to Golden Scepter, whose true divine form is also a six-winged Alicorn, except his hair is made of black spatial energy and his wings are made of holy fire.
    • The god of Requited Love, Canteros, often appears as one due to being so old. Like his father, Amareros, it's implied that he's really an Eldritch Abomination who often changes his appearance because his true form might affect the sanity of even lesser divines. His most favorite form to appear in is that of a tall and handsome blue Alicorn with a shimmering pelt, huge yet beautiful iridescent butterfly wings (with the maximum being ten), a rippling mane and tail made of iridescent light blue energy, a Holy Halo made of rainbow-colored light, and a "Cutie Mark" depicting a flock of butterflies in the shape of a heart with some flying away. Despite his eldritch appearance, however, he's a benevolent god devoted to spreading Love and giving mortals their happy endings.
    • Due to being an Alicorn goddess who lived during Pre-Known History, Midday Messenger is as ancient and powerful as Golden Scepter. Her 'default' form is a blue-furred Alicorn with a mane and tail made of white energy that's always flowing north, a wing gradient going from blue to white, and a radiant halo behind her head. Her true form is a massive Alicorn with six wings made of wind, and her mane and tail shows images of various places that she's previously traveled to when looked at.
    • Unlike her husband, Prince Clear Voice, and most of her in-laws within the Terran Royal Family, Princes Applejack/Veritas is relatively more eldritch in comparison and, due to her belief on Honesty, far more willing show off traits of her true Alicorn form, like the Musical Pony's chest gem and the Sea Pony's aquatic gills/tail. She also has one large eye concealed on the underside of her wings, the left eye being "Cruel Truth" and the right eye being "Kind Truth", something that no other Alicorn has. Being a demigoddess of Honesty and Truth, Applejack/Veritas doesn't see any reason to not show everyone the full scope of what she is.
    • Much like his mother, Prince Excelsius' true form is incredibly eldritch due to devouring various deities, infernal beings, and other sapient lifeforms. In his case, his true form is described as a towering Alicorn whose body is lined with light-reflective materials like crystals and glass, his mane and tail are of rippling golden light that shows off moments in history where pride was used for both good and evil, and his wings are mirrors of hardened, golden light that show viewers a reflection of their own potential magnificence. His presence is constantly surrounded by a soft glow (though he can choose to appear blindingly radiant if he wants to), his Cutie Mark is also glowing, and his head is adorned with a balefully radiant halo of light.
    • Following her absorption of Ymlezt'xix, Dr. Endless Dreams became an Eldritch Abomination that still resembles a Pony mare, but is so distorted that she now looks like the twilight of a dream, her body existing in physical reality, the dream realm, and several other adjacent dimensions simultaneously. Her body produces numerous tentacles that she can shape into Alicorn-like wings, and she has No Mouth as well as eyes that display an endless loop of herself looking back when looked at. She also possesses a strange mindset and all kinds of eldritch powers. Despite her transformation, though she's still a benevolent mare at heart.
    • After re-Ascending, Moon Ray Vaughoof (now King Tunglið Hreinsar Innlausn-Heimdrasil) becomes an eldritch Alicorn whose appearance changes depending on certain cycles — his Alpine form is essentially a rotting corpse covered in dead foliage, his Equus form is made of clouds and space with his 'head' made of multiple faces of himself from different timelines/dimensions, and his Silicon form is a tree-like Alicorn covered in healthy foliage. His most consistent traits in all three forms are his electric guitar Cutie Mark, ten wings, a purple wing gradient, a white streak in his hair, a multilayered halo, and a pair of great antlers. Because his true forms drive people mad through sheer presence, he starts using either his "default" Alicorn form or his mortal Earthpony form so he can interact with mortals and young deities safely. That being said, his transformation left him with an alien mindset (albeit a benevolent one), including unique emotional and thought processes that are different from the norm.
    • Silk Dawn's true divine form is a massive, glowing peacock-like entity made of light, with multiple eyes all over her form. Her 'default' Alicorn form is also eldritch to a lesser extent, being an Alicorn with a mane and tail made of rainbow energy.
    • Prince Varázsló is an Alicorn-Deer Draconequus hybrid god who, alongside his twin brother, was turned into this by Tuzu, the Magic Primeval to protect him from the effects of the Well of Eternity. In Varázsló's case, his true divine form resembles less a hybrid and more a shifting, distorting mass with mirror-like butterfly wings that show future versions of the person looking into them, a mane and tail that break into sparkling orbs that show various future scenarios and alternative realities, and eye-holes that inflict existential dread by showing the dark expanse of space. As a consequence, anyone who is not an older deity has to wear 'Perception Filter' glasses to protect themselves from insanity when interacting with him while he's in his true form.
    • Joyous Freedom, a Pony-turned-Demon goddess, has a true divine form where she's an equine Demon goddess who rivals (ex-)Princess Celestia in height, with eldritch traits like large, curved demonic horns, golden-yellow draconic eyes, a mane and tail that form ribbon-like locks with pink tips, and pink vein-like contours covering her horns with eye-like bulbs adorning them. She also has what appears to be a single throbbing demonic vein going from her neck down to just above her groin, with a bulbous red demonic eye surrounded by a baleful green ring. In this form, she has a beautiful, alluring presence that incites lustful attraction in even the most upstanding mortals, usually males, though it's noted she can change her appearance and species at will.
    • Following the 'Cosmic Prophet Debacle', Prince Healing Song/Medela Cantor Cahaya's true divine form became this thanks to prolonged exposure to Caelum Filum. His true form is an eldritch Alicorn whose bottom half has a forest-green pelt made of grass, flowers, and other foliage, while his upper half is made of solidified golden light, with forest-green spots dotting his body to make him appear as a Light Elemental encased in a 'crumbling' earthy shell. His mane and tail are also composed of golden light, but of a lighter hue. His most eldritch trait is his face, which shows mirrored reflections of whoever's looking at him as their best selves. His wings, while relatively staying the same, has feathers made of golden light. His Cutie Mark has mutated further to include a patch of actual flowers on his flank and sun 'rays' that are actually lines illuminating light. His overall appearance shifts depending on his actions - he looks withered and dim, with dying plants and foliage, if he starts reverting back to his old toxic mindsets, but becomes healthy and radiant again once he lets them go. It's noted his appearance is symbolic of how people and their potential can be affected by what they learn and/or believe in.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: The fourth story in the series, The Diplomat's Life, introduces them in its final arc: The Umbrum Forces after assuming solid forms, looking like phantom horses in advanced state of decomposition with scrawny and skeletal bodies and perpetually exposed teeth. Rabia also counts, but prefers to appear as a mass of shadows in the shape of a pony.
  • Enter Ken Finlayson features Moloch the Death Raptor as an owl-like animalistic abomination.
  • Equestria Divided: The Laughing Mare was once Pinkie Pie.
  • In the Worm/Bloodborne crossover Hunter, Beasts have this appearance. Sophia is the most notable, as she's the first one seen in Brockton Bay.
  • Maiden's Illusionary Funeral has Ran's One-Winged Angel form be a gigantic monstrous nine-tailed fox. Contrast with her mistress Yukari, a shapeless mass of darkness and eyes.
  • My Perfect World, Shattered: The beast that the narrator encounters appears to be one, with the latter noting that zoologists would've declared it a new species before the former destroys everything he had painstakingly built, and the final line referring to it as a hedgehog. Because it's just how Dr. Robotnik perceives Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Queen of Shadows: The Weaver, the entity living under Lord Rokutaro's castle which he's allied with, is an animated mass of crystal in the shape of a spider.
  • Ruby and Nora: The Wendigo is a fully sentient Grimm with a humanoid body, but a deer skull for a head.
  • In the Magical Girl Crisis Crossover Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Joker's Merry-Go-Round, a nightmarish techno-organic tower upon which hundreds of captive Magical Girls are subjected to unspeakable agony, uses their combined suffering to produce its end product: a white swallowtail butterfly. That is, the butterfly is entirely pure white, without a single speck of another color. It casts no shadow and no shadows can be cast upon it, and it captivates anyone who looks at it. Joker immediately encases it in an Anti-Magic field for later use.
  • Thousand Shinji: In addition to animal-shaped Angels such like Gaghiel — a cross between a shark and a whale — or Matarael — a humongous spider — the Beasts of Chaos were the pets of the new Chaos Gods: a hawk, a hound and a crow warped into monstrous, ferocious or even putrid creatures.
  • The Long Eventide: Hypnos the nyx vaguely resembles a sloth, but looks distinctly wrong in ways that the narrator is reluctant to describe, with it stated that looking at him too long without blinking would yield the sight of something even worse than the "not-sloth" he currently appears to be. He's summoned by going into a meditative state that places the person at the "threshold of dreaming" and then calling his name, and his kind is stated to be capable of Demonic Possession if the summoner isn't vigilant.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Aladdin, Jafar takes the form of a colossal king cobra during his final battle with Aladdin.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven depicts Satan as a Big Red Devil in dog form.
  • Brave features Mor'du, a giant, demonic bear which roams the wilds of Ancient Scotland, and attacked Merida's father.
  • Dumbo features an infamous Disney Acid Sequence when Dumbo the elephant gets drunk and begins hallucinating some reality-shattering Pink Elephants. The Spanish dub is even worse, changing their song to "Souls of Terror" and describing them as Satan's relatives.
  • In Fantasia 2000, the segment based on the Firebird Suite depicts a truly otherworldly and nightmarish firebird — more like a primordial embodiment of destructive fire than like the benevolent creature in Igor Stravinsky's original ballet.
  • Played for laughs in The LEGO Ninjago Movie with Meowthra, a terrifying cat-like Kaiju beast summoned by a powerful talisman to destroy the city... who is, of course, just an actual house-cat who just happens to have stumbled on a LEGO city with the help of a laser pointer.
  • The Dazzlings of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. In their true forms they are visually merhorse sirens. Similarly to the Windigos they're extremely powerful, ancient entities that consume hatred and use it to power themselves up, have the ability to warp minds with just their song, and being alien from both an equine and human perspective, looking more like aquatic Windigos than ponies.
  • In The Princess and the Frog, some of the Friends on the Other Side have an animalistic shape.
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish has the bounty hunter wolf that follows Puss through the entire movie. His shadow can be seen underneath a door to another room, he can appear seemingly everywhere, and can even summon Hellfire to trap his victims. It becomes justified with The Reveal that he's not a bounty hunter at all; he's literally Death incarnate.
  • The Secret of Kells features a brief encounter with the Dark One, Crom Cruach, who vaguely resembles a serpent.
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas: Eris' pet monsters are constellations in form of animals (with the exception of the Sirens, who are humanoid). The ones encountered as Cetus, a draconic cephalopod creatures, the giant bird Roc, an massive anglerfish that doubles as a Turtle Island, and within Tartarus, Sinbad and Marina are nearly attacked by a giant scorpion, a lion and a lizard.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Annihilation (2018), an alien presence had landed on Earth and has turned a small coast town into a place where all signals (be it radio signals or DNA) are reflected back into itself again and again, mutating all life within again and again. Any living thing - plant or animal - mutates, genetic information swapping and mutating its inhabitants, making any human or animal there into one of these. Special mentions goes to a a bear-like monster with a skull-like face that can mimic its prey, roaring at the crew with Shepard's dying screams while they are tied to their chairs.
  • The Black Demon: The titular creature is a monstrous, undead-looking megalodon. According to the locals, he has been sent by Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain, to punish the greedy who take from nature.
  • Captain Marvel (2019) has Goose the Flerken, who is assumed to be an ordinary housecat until she extrudes tentacles from her mouth and eats the Tesseract. She also has a Black-Hole Belly; she devours several Kree soldiers at once without leaving a single trace behind.
  • One possible origin for Irys from the Gamera franchise falls under this. It suggests that Irys is actually Suzaku (AKA the "Vermillion Bird") of Asian folklore and is the ancient mortal enemy of Gamera (Who is said to represent Genbu the tortoise in this case). Of course, Irys doesn't really look like a bird. Rather, he/she/it looks more like some sort of bipedial creature with spears for arms and numerous tentacles coming out of its back.
    • The Gyaos (Gamera's arch-enemies throughout the franchise) themselves in the Heisei era Gamera films are genetically mutated bats/birds/reptiles that resemble giant mutant pterosaurs. They reproduce asexually, can regenerate, and have an insatiable appetite for human flesh. They're viewed less as giant animals and more like flying omens of death.
  • Godzilla:
    • Godzilla himself qualifies being a giant ancient dinosaur (or dinosaur-like creature depending on the numerous versions of the character) who is seen as a Physical God rather than a mere kaiju.
      • The film Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! take this even further by having Godzilla as a vengeful zombie-esque monstrosity resurrected by the forgotten souls who died in WWII to punish those who had forgotten them in the modern era. Not even the combined efforts of Mothra, Ghidorah (who happens to be a juvenile Orochi), and Baragon are enough to stop him. Keep in mind that the aforementioned three are considered to be ancient gods themselves.
      • The Shin Godzilla version of Godzilla is shown going through rapid Hollywood Evolution to adapt to his environment, opening his jaw wider than past Godzilla and it splitting in half when he fires his Atomic Breath, being able to shoot the Atomic Rays out of his tail and dorsal fins as well, and his tail sports a human-like skull with a eye and jaw—and has several smaller human-sized versions of him coming out of it.
    • King Ghidorah, Godzilla's archenemy, is what happens when the villain of a Cosmic Horror Story comes in the form of a giant golden dragon with three heads and a penchant for exterminating entire planets.
    • Mothra and Battra both fall under this as well. Both of them being giant butterfly-like beings with immense power and are worshiped as gods. While Mothra is a more benevolent example, as she protects both Earth and humanity from other abominations, Battra is far more violent towards humankind being an enforcer of maintaining the balance between nature and technology. And, then there's Leo, a male Mothra who can take on different forms (IE: Aqua Mothra, Rainbow Mothra, Light-Speed Mothra, etc.).
  • Jack & Diane: The werewolf, which can only be said to somewhat resemble a wolf. It's a very grotesque, vaguely lupine monster.
  • The Lair of the White Worm has the eponymous antagonist Dionin, who's a "worm" in the antiquated sense meaning "serpent." It's a colossal white snake-god who is worshipped by a race of reptilian vampires, which it's the progenitor of.
  • In Panna a netvor (Czech adaptation of Beauty and the Beast) Netvor (the Beast) is a giant bird-like beast who drinks blood of animals and people to survive.
  • Moder from The Ritual has a body that appears to be that 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.
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie: The "Cat From Hell" segment implies this. What seems like a domestic black cat is actively out to get revenge on an old man who got rich on cruel Animal Testing. The cat first seems to just accidentally kill a person by being on the stairs at the wrong time, but then it smothers a woman as she tries to sleep, later shrugs off point blank bullets from a hitman hired to kill the cat, and then kills the hitman by an Orifice Invasion through the mouth despite being far too big to fit.
  • In The Thing, the monster spends most of its time as an Alaskan pack dog. You catch a glimpse of what it really is, before it proceeds to eat all the other dogs. It also appears very much like a spider/insect-like organism in the prequel and in Carpenter's movie it still retains arthropod features like random insect legs. More horrifyingly, in the novel that inspired all of this, it is also heavily implied it assimilated an albatross, so it can now fly. That said, there's no way of knowing what it really looks like, if it even has a "true" form at all, rather than being purely amorphous. Heck, its nature as an abomination is debatable.
    • Hell, even before the Dog-Thing outed itself, the dog it was disguised as was off-the-scale creepy. It's no spoiler to point out that something's Just Not Right about that dog from the first time you see it. It stands perfectly still, and stares, and never wags its tail. Apparently the Animal Actor who played it genuinely unsettled the rest of the cast.
  • Thor: Love and Thunder: Gorr the God Butcher, basing on the drawings of his late daughter, creates a bunch of horrifying, nightmare inducing beasts resembling some of the Earthly ones. The most notable designs include a spider, a dragon, an eel, a scorpio and a... porcupine.
  • In V/H/S/94, Ratman/Raatma is a just barely mammalian-looking creature with a grotesquely elongated skull with eyes at the very end and a mouth that spans most of it, rabbit-like ears, extremely long and gangly human-like limbs, and a long and rotund body that it cannot easily move (forcing it to awkwardly crawl). It also has some kind of ability to compel people to worship it, and drools some sort of horrifically strong black acid that rapidly destroys flesh or brings someone under its thrall, depending on its whims, and its devotees can also projectile vomit that acid. Word of God is that it's of extradimensional origin and stumbled into this world, and it is in great discomfort and reacts to its discomfort in a destructive and extremely dangerous way.

  • Many monsters in Lone Wolf would fit this. Most notable is Demonlord Tagazin, who appears as a huge sabertoothed jackal.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: One possibility behind the Cheshire Cat's reality-warping abilities, and the fact that he seems to have powers that other Wonderlanders don't. He's a more benevolent example, though. Just don't ask him for directions.
  • The titular monster in Owl Goingback's Crota is one of these. It looks somewhat like a bear, except that it's markedly bigger, has only tufts and a mane of red hair on scaly skin, and has glowing, evil yellow eyes. It is actually an immortal being of supernatural evil, old enough to remember the dinosaurs and completely invulnerable to non-magical harm.
  • The Cthulhu Mythos has more than a few of these:
    • From H. P. Lovecraft:
      • Cthulhu himself, with his distinctly octopoid features.
      • At the Mountains of Madness has giant, blind, albino mutant penguins living in Antarctica. Although unsettling and strange, however, they are presented as still just mundane animals. The Elder Things are Starfish Aliens in the sense that their heads, at least, literally resemble starfish.
      • The piscine Deep Ones and their half-human children in The Shadow Over Innsmouth are a borderline example, since they're implied to be relatively low on the cosmic order and comparatively comprehensible to humans. The gigantic Deep One that shows up in the earlier short story "Dagon", however, is a more straightforward example.
      • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath has the "moon-beasts", who look like gigantic pale toads with a squirming mass of mollusc-like tentacles for a head. Their henchmen, the denizens of Leng, are mostly humanoid abominations but have a few unsettling animal traits, such as hooves for feet. The ghouls that appear in this story and, more centrally, in Pickman's Model, are also hoofed humanoids, with eerily canine faces, and some of them are described as hopping like kangaroos.
      • The title characters of "The Cats of Ulthar", who also cameo in the above Dream-Quest.
      • The monsters in "The Festival". We're never told what they do look like, but we're given enough creatures that they vaguely resemble that we can infer they were beastly creatures.
        They were not altogether crows, nor moles, nor buzzards, nor ants, nor vampire bats, nor decomposed human beings; but something I cannot and must not recall.
    • From Clark Ashton Smith:
      • The Seven Geases features the deity Atlach-Nacha, who resembles a huge, hairy and hideous black spider.
      • The recurring deity Tsathoggua and his extended family, who tend to have batrachian (frog/toad-like) looks, mixed with those of a bat and a sloth in Tsathoggua's own case.
    • From Frank Belknap Long:
      • The titular monsters from The Hounds of Tindalos are often depicted as literally hound-like in most fanart and guest appearances in other media, although the original story never really shows them. They may simply be "hounds" in the metaphorical sense as implacable hunters.
      • The Horror From The Hills features a vampiric creature called Chaugnar Faugn, who looks just enough like an elephant to make all of his more alien (or lamprey-like) features all the more disturbing.
  • In the Discworld, the Dungeon Dimension Abominations are explicitly described as having been re-assembled from bits of other creatures, none of which are unremarkable in themselves, but almost as if the leftover spare parts from the Creation have been shaken around in the box and tipped out to see what random accretions emerged.
  • The title character of Edward Gorey's The Doubtful Guest is a short, unsettling creature that vaguely resembles a penguin.
  • The Skinwalker from The Dresden Files usually takes on forms that vaguely resemble real animals but twisted and corrupted.
  • In the Eternal Champion multiverse created by Michael Moorcock, the "Evil Aspect" of the Gods of Law is often known as "The Original Insect", and portrayed as a monstrous, hideous insectile thing so large it can swallow planets whole, simply sitting in space and sucking up stars, planets, moons and everything else with an insatiable hunger, refusing to stop until it's consumed all of reality. Including itself.
  • The titular "Sun Dog" from Stephen King's Four Past Midnight is closer to this than a dog. A magic camera will produce pictures only of the dog, and each one is slightly different. It becomes clear that they form a sequence; the characters can flip through them like a flipbook and watch the dog move, and they can even be transferred onto film to create a short movie. Either the dog or the camera is able to exercise More than Mind Control to trick users into taking more and more pictures, and the more pictures that are taken, the closer the dog comes to escaping... and the less like a common dog and more like this trope it becomes.
    • It also has a minor tie-in to Rose Madder: the dog is referred to as a Hound Erinyes, while the minotaur in Rose Madder is called a Bull Erinyes.
  • Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again: Even prior to being nuked, Godzilla is noted to be a 2 to 150 million-year-old creature somehow able to withstand not only the march of time unfazed but the impossible crushing pressure at the bottom of the ocean and the annihilating heat of a nuclear explosion—with this being the reason why Kyōhei Yamane wants to study him. The inhabitants of Ōdo Island regard him as a terrifying dragon-god that comes out of the ocean to rampage and devour everyone and everything he comes across.
  • The Inheritance Cycle has Shruikan, Galbatorix's dragon who has grown to immense proportions and power through dark magic. When he flies overhead before the final battle, he blots out a large portion of the sky. And he's an Omnicidal Maniac and a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • In It, the second-to-final form of the eponymous monster is a spider. This is only because the spider is the closest humans can come to comprehending the Deadlights — its true form — and stay sane.
  • The Last Unicorn: The Red Bull is older than the Unicorns, isn't confined to a set shape or size, and is utterly indestructible and its origins are completely unknown. Its only weaknesses (so to speak) are a mild aversion to sunlight and that it's bound to serve anyone who is utterly without fear. It seems, however, that if the opponent is strong enough to oppose it successfully, it will instead retreat. Though few ever do.
  • Moby-Dick: The title character is rumoured to be one. A number of sailors claim that Moby Dick is not actually a whale, but the apparition of some supernatural entity, which purportedly cannot be killed and exists everywhere in space at once. Ahab in particular treats it as the living personification of evil and misfortune. Over the course of the novel, the narrator increasingly treats not only Moby Dick, but all sperm whales as being an example, equating them with various mythological monsters (particularly the Leviathan), claiming that no human being can ever get even remotely close to making an accurate visual depiction of one, and even explicitly referring to it as a Physical God towards the end. A Giant Squid witnessed by the crew of the Pequod gets a similar treatment in one chapter; Ishmael describes it as "an unearthly, formless, chance-like apparition of life" with "[n]o perceptible face or front" and "no conceivable token of either sensation or instinct", and Starbuck claims it to be even more terrifying than Moby Dick itself.
  • In Neverwhere the Beast of London is believed to have started life as a runaway pig from a butcher; centuries of feeding on sewage and its own vileness has made it much, much more than that. Hunter mentions having killed similar monstrous animals in cities all over the world, including a blind albino alligator in the sewers of New York, a bear that spoke to her in an ancient human language in Berlin, and a giant, man-eating black tiger in Calcutta.
  • Old Kingdom Trilogy: Mogget is an incredibly powerful Free Magic spirit bound into the service of the Abhorsen bloodline. While his true form is basically a fireball, his sealed form is a small white cat who's just stopped giving a damn about who he offends. The Disreputable Dog is similar, but she takes the form of a dog of her own volition. Mogget and the Dog are actually Yrael and Kibeth, two of the Bright Shiners, the all-powerful Free Magic beings that created the world north of the Wall. Kibeth helped create the Charter, while Yrael ran from the Seven and Orannis, and paid for his cowardice and disloyalty by being forced into the shape of Mogget.
  • In Simulated there are two good examples in the virus swarm and the literal bug both found within the Good Gracious Host.
  • In The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, the jukiere, or jook-toother tiger, from Demane's homeland is some kind of animalistic, necromantic sorcerer in the form of a green-furred tiger, with Super-Speed, Super-Strength and a Healing Factor thrown in. It eats only pigs or people, but only when they're particularly fresh and likes its hide-out to stink to high heavens of death and decay.
  • The more powerful beast gods of Spice and Wolf are implied to sometimes reach this status, but the title most definitely goes to The Great Bear Who Hunts The Moon. He ate Yuetsu. The country.
  • The Stormlight Archive has Thunderclasts (giant dog-shaped monsters of living stone) and Midnight Essence (animated smoke contained within a skin vaguely like that of a weasel). Also possibly the chasmfiends, enormous creatures like carnivorous lobsters the size of a largish apartment building. They are natural creatures (aside from having to use a bit of magic to get around the Square-Cube Law), but still nasty and scary.
  • From Sword of Truth, the Chimes of Death, for whatever reason, take the form of a chicken. It's implied they possessed whatever was nearest to their victim at the time of summoning. They inhabit other things as the book goes on.
  • The main characters of Dean Koontz's The Taking encounter several monsters that look like various types of animals, but the only one that actively threatens them is a giant insectoid horror lurking in a church basement.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
    • In The Silmarillion Ungoliant is equal parts Giant Spider, Mother of a Thousand Young, Eldritch Abomination of eternal hunger, and Unlight darker than total darkness. Same thing (but to a lesser degree) applies to her greatest daughter, Shelob from The Lord of the Rings.
    • In the Tolkien Universe, if an animal can speak and is surprisingly large, it is a safe bet that it is an angelic or demonic entity wearing an animal body (the latter being eerily beastly, too). Examples include the giant Eagles who serve Manwë, and in Beren and Lúthien, Huan the horse-sized, talking wolfhound of Valinor and the giant wolf Carcharoth.
  • Too Many Curses: The hellhound manifests as a gigantic mutant dog cloaked in black smoke, which seeps constantly from its body except when it's badly wounded or poisoned. It stalks and devours undead creatures, corporeal or ghostly, and consigns them to Hell regardless of whether they're evil or not.
  • In the Warhammer 40,000 short story King of Ashes, a young Magnus the Red ventures into the Warp for the first time and encounters animalistic avatars of the Chaos Gods. Khorne appears as a scarred wolf with blood-matted fur, Nurgle as an undead moth with the eyes of a fish, and Slaanesh as a multicolored cobra with a human face. Tzeentch, meanwhile, appears as a hunched figure with the heads of three different birds stacked one atop the other.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The "Demodogs" from Season 2 of Stranger Things are only marginally canine in appearance, with hairless skin and the Demogorgon's trademark unfolding maw. Their movements and behaviors seem very dog-like, however.
  • Pistvakt's second season introduces a monstrosity called "Bjärven" (roughly "the wolver-bear"); a big, hairy and bloodthirsty beast said to be the result of a bear mating with a wolverine.
  • The Terror revolves around a arctic exploration crew that find themselves hunted by a monstrous creature resembling a polar bear. It looks like a normal bear from a distance, but if you’re unlucky enough to get close, you’ll notice details like it’s unnaturally long neck and disturbingly humanlike face. It’s a living weapon that was created by the gods, but has since become a borderline God of Evil to the Inuit people living in the region.
  • Lovecraft Country:
    • The Shoggoths vaguely resemble gorillas, and have super speed, jump through the trees, somehow remain hidden until they attack, are weak to light, and can turn people into Shoggoths with their bite.
    • Kumiho are fox spirits who rape men with their tails to take their souls.
  • The first episode of the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared TV adaptation features a four-eyed dog-like creature called the "Carehound" that "treats" dissatisfied workers at Peterson's and Sons and Friends by swallowing them whole, brainwashing them and then spitting them out as contented drones. It also appears to have some ability to distort the flow of time, as Duck Guy stayed in its stomach for 40 years without visibly ageing at all.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Basilisk/Cockatrice. It's a horrifying monstrosity resembling a cross between a chicken and a serpent. Its breath can wither crops, poison water and kill passing birds. Its gaze can either kill you or turn you to stone. Its very birth denotes how wrong its existence is, as it is born when a rooster lays an egg which is then incubated by either a toad or a snake (or sometimes the other way around). The only organisms immune to the monster's deadly gaze or its reeking breath are weasels and roosters, the former can kill the beast with ease, while the call of the latter has a fatal Brown Note effect on it.
  • The Beast of Gévaudan of French folklore, at least in stories where it's not just an unusually large wolf (or a different kind of wolf).

    Music Videos 
  • The music video for "The Wolf" by SIAMÉS features what initially appears to be black wolves made of shadows, but they alternate between their wolf shape and a crawling, shapeless mass of arms. They are also incredibly durable, smashing through walls and blocks of concrete and still keeping close pace with their prey. It's implied through the music (and confirmed by Word of God) that each wolf is a physical manifestation of a person's flaws. For Glasses Man and Skater Girl, it's drinking/smoking respectively to feel better about pushing away their problems in life. The only way to destroy it is to stop running from them/your problems and facing them head on, symbolically defeating them.

  • The Beast in The Adventure Zone: Amnesty is a bizarre amalgam of different animals on a bear body. Not different aspects of animals, literally entire bodies of different animals jutting out from the bear torso in a patchwork. It also leaks a black oil that can gather more carcasses and deploy them as minions.
  • Binary Break: The corrupted Nekton from episode 2 looks like a large black cat at first glance, but it has too many eyes, mouths and tails, and they're spouting out at odd places - like it's glitching.
  • Welcome to Night Vale: The Beagle Puppy in Year Four. He seems cute at first, but as he made more appearances it became clear that he was more than what he seemed. As the year went by it was revealed that Chad had summoned the Puppy, and that the Puppy was responsible for the Strangers coming to Night Vale. Everyone who looks at him gets the sudden urge to get a dog along with an unending need to vomit. In Who's a Good Boy? Part 1, Cecil has the misfortune of seeing what may be his true form, standing on his hind legs and a not quite dog-like face and a horrifying voice. The kicker: his words imply, if not outright state, that he is Satan himself.
  • The Magnus Archives has a few of these show up as avatars of The Flesh. "Cruelty Free" focuses on a pig farmer who finds a large pig has suddenly appeared in his pens. After it kills many of his pigs, it nearly lures his brother into its maw in a hypnotic trance... and is strongly implied to have done so to a performer at a traveling circus camping on the farm grounds.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Blackbirds RPG: The Golden Messiah's most powerful servants are the Primum Slugs, massive quantities of living gold in the shape of slugs. Their mere presence warps the world around them and the minds of onlookers, turning the land to gold and Mind Rape surrounding mortals into brainwashed devotees of the Golden Messiah.
  • Some of the Mysteries in Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine manifest in animalistic forms, most notably Typhon (a giant snake, not related to Chuubo) and Hedge the Fang (an eyeless, skinless cat). There are also the horses of the Riders, whose nature is unclear.
  • There are a number of demons, devils and assorted other extraplanar unpleasantnesses in Dungeons & Dragons with a resemblance to some sort of animal or insect. The Abyss, for example, has the spider-like bebilith, while the hellcat and the advespa (a sort of evil wasp creature) rep for the Nine Hells.
    • For non-extraplanar horrors, aboleths vaguely resemble three-eyed fish with tentacles (the precise nature of the fish varies by edition), but are aberrations with psychic powers, genetic memories, and the ability to secrete ooze that mutates humans into its aquatic slaves.
  • Exalted:
    • Many behemoths resemble gigantic monstrous versions of animals, which are implied to have come first; there are references to "animals and the behemoths they were based off of".
    • Most of the Yozis resemble gigantic environments with many also having forms that resemble strange and transcendent humans, but Isidoros usually has the form of a monstrous black boar with innumerable tusks, great many-lobed eyes and thick barbed hairs, so large that his hoof prints are canyons and his back brushed against the sun, moon and stars.
    • This is a possible fate for chimeric Lunar Exalted.
  • Two of the Elder Evils from Forgotten Realms—Dendar the Night Serpent and Kezef the Chaos Hound (based on the Midgard Serpent and Fenris Wolf from Norse Mythology).
  • Dragons are this in Iron Kingdoms, being "lizards" in sort of the same way that Cthulhu is a "squid". Dragons have a thing called an athanc; while the athanc exists, so does the dragon, and dragons grow in power by devouring each other's athancs, with the entire breed created when Toruk the Dragonfather divided his athanc and ended up attempting to recover the parts again. Exposure to dragon blood is mutagenic, with things like the satyr-like Satyxis islanders or the sundry array of Body Horror facing the corrupted Nyss coming about through dragon exposure. Toruk is essentially a dragon god; he is worshipped in the darkest places of the Iron Kingdoms, and once used his dragon breath to turn a regular pirate ship, the Atramentous, into a haunted emissary of his will. His most notable spawn, Everblight, divided his athanc between his warlocks, essentially spreading his malign intelligence through most of the Nyss elves; the Nyss have become increasingly monstrous since.
  • Magic: The Gathering: Phyrexia has strange ideas about what constitutes a creature, Green-aligned New Phyrexia in particular. As a matter of habit, Phyrexia swaps and recycles body parts between organisms, living or dead, organic or otherwise, with little regard for whether or not what they're making actually needs those parts. For example, the Rot Wolf; if you look closely, you can see that it does not contain any actual wolf.
    • The "Eldritch Moon" set saw Eldrazi mutation run riot across Innistrad, meaning that temporarily a lot of things were part of an Eldritch Abomination. Notable creations from this included a selection of Eldrazified werewolves, plus a selection of crabs, fish, insects, and even mammals, with an Eldrazi boar being present.
  • The Amkhata from Mummy: The Curse are what happened when somebody rather broken decides to make an undead servitor from the bodies of several animals, usually ones sacred to the lost empire of Irem. What they get is a chimeric monstrosity that can exist in and out of reality and endlessly hunts for Sekhem, the very energy that powers mummies.
  • Pathfinder:
  • RuneQuest. In the Glorantha campaign setting one major empire has an enslaved Chaos god/demon/thingy called the Crimson Bat, which looks something like a giant bat.
  • Shadowrun has a lot of these in the form of magical beings like the totem Spider which plots world domination and manifests as a huge spider in astral space, and the Sega Genesis game has Thorn, a dog or coyote-like malevolent spirit.
  • A Gangrel Methuselah is very likely to be this in Vampire: The Masquerade, more than the rest of their other Gangrel brethren, due to their age. Then again, there is always ••••• •• Restore the Mortal Visage...
    • Ennoia, The Gangrel Antediluvian might be considered as one of the more extreme versions of this trope, considering the way her childer look.
    • And, every so often, vampires like to make these. On the lower tier, you have hellhounds, the catch-all name for dogs and other animals ghouled by the Tzimisce and altered with Vicissitude to make miniatures engines of war (and that's before we get to the big engines of war like the Vohzd). On the top tier, you have the Typhonian Beast, uplifted from an extinct species by Set himself via blood magic and possessed with a terrible sense of malice. At least, until Ennoia stole it and handed it to one of her kids for safe keeping because it was the last of the kind, which you can imagine went over great with the Setites.
  • Some demons in Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 resemble animals, like Flesh Hounds, Juggernauts (metal rhinos), and Screamers (flying manta rays). The best examples are Lords of Change, giant humanoid birds that are so powerful they're considered omnipotent and omniscient, only losing whenever Tzeentch feeds them false visions.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse says that, back in the old days, Banes would possess animals to create bestial fomori to serve as siege engines; this is where legends like the manticore came from. In the modern days, however, human fomori tend to be less conspicuous.

    Video Games 
  • Alone in the Dark (1992) has "Zombie Chickens", which actually more resemble Velociraptors.
  • The Alpaca in Alpaca Evolution becomes increasingly Lovecraftian as it assimilates other alpacas, angels, and even God.
  • ANNO: Mutationem: The Varanus is an enormous reptilian with a head that mostly exposes the skull, and fueled by carnivorous instincts where it will immediately attempt to destroy any and all living things within its line of sight.
  • Asura's Wrath:
    • The Golden Spider, who is actually Chakravartin in disguise.
    • The Gohma resemble demonic versions of various animals with black skin and massive red veins all over their bodies and the smallest and weakest one of them is a gorilla.
  • Bloodborne has numerous examples. The various beasts are probably the best examples, being the product of lycanthropy getting bored of the usual wolfmen it creates and deciding to take a stroll straight into Lovecraft territory.
    • Vicar Amelia is an emaciated, screaming, wolf-reindeer-thing that you get the good fortune of seeing explode out of a priestess. It's implied she's of similar breed to the Cleric Beast, which is likewise antlered, but is a towering wendigo with a massively over-sized left arm. It screams like a dying animal too, because of course it does.
    • The Blood-Starved Beast is a slightly more familiar werewolf, only it's rotting, caked in blood, and wearing its own skinned hide in flaps. Fun.
    • Then comes Darkbeast Paarl with a rotting werewolf corpse motif, being somewhere between a mummified beast and Dem Bones. It's shrouded in lightning, with a disturbingly human skull for a face. Oh, and if you think it having no lungs would stop it from screaming, think again.
    • Ludwig the Accursed in the Old Hunters DLC combines this with Humanoid Abomination, being a knight and his horse fused into a screeching mass of man and animal flesh. In a way, it gets even worse once he Turns Red and regains his human sanity, upon which he begins talking and fighting like a holy knight still looking like reanimated roadkill the entire way.
    • Rom, the Vacuous Spider isn't hugely spider-like, but it definitely looks like some kind of horrible arthropod.
    • Kos (some say Kosm) in the Old Hunters DLC looks like some kind of sea creature. A weird sea creature, but still closer to a sea creature than anything else. The only thing "human" about her is her face, which resembles a beautiful woman's face with her eyes covered in a shroud.
  • Botanicula revolves around a band of planimals having to save their world from the Zlo, a swarm of spider-like shadow monsters that can suck the life out of anything they touch.
  • In Crusader Kings II, with the optional supernatural events on, players can achieve immortality and get immortal rivals that will attempt to kill them. For insane characters, that rival could be Incitatus, an immortal horse whose centuries of life have made him far more intelligent than most humans.
  • Darkest Dungeon: The Ancestor's forays into extraplanar summoning and blood rituals all had pigs as the practice subjects, resulting in a veritable truckload of porcine abominations he later locked up in the warrens, leaving you to deal with them all. The Swine King (the best summoning he could manage; it was a beast alright, but also too stupid to be useful) and the Formless Flesh (what happened when he threw all his collective mistakes in this area into a pit, and they merged together) are the worst. The Flesh in particular is so hideously corrupted and mutated that its enemy type is pure Eldritch, unlike the regular Swine enemies who count as Beasts.
  • Darksiders: Four of the Chosen were monstrous beings that resembled Earth animals with gigantic proportions: Tiamat was a giant bat, the Stygian is a massive sand worm, Sillitha was a Giant Spider while the Griever vaguely resembled a praying mantis, only even more terrifying. While employed as Hell's generals, they are not demons themselves but something far older natives from the Abyss that were summoned by the Destroyer to serve him.
  • In Deadly Premonition, according to Word of God Willie the Dalmatian is an entity of the Red Room much like Forrest Kaysen.
  • All whales in the Dishonored universe are this, resembling a strange fusion of cetacean and reptile and possessing ominous mystical aspects like having magic bones that can be used to create functioning talismans, Applied Phlebotinum for fat and oil, natural sounds that can drive people insane, and the ability to exist in the Void and real world simultaneously. They also may or may not be a race of living Cosmic Keystones... which is bad news for humanity, who are hunting the whales to near-extinction for their oil.
  • While most of the demons in Doom are either humanoid or more abstract in form, the Guardian of Hell is outright reptilian in appearance. Word of God (The Making of Doom³'') has it that the idea behind its appearance was essentially a dinosaur's concept of what a demon would look like.
  • Dragon Age: Origins:
    • Witherfang, the giant wolf commanding a tribe of werewolves, is presented to you as one of these at first. It turns out, however, that it is merely a wolf body possessed by the spirit of the forest it lives in — and one of the most human characters in the entire game.
    • The Old Gods of the Tevinter Imperium count as these, especially after being transformed into Archdemons by the Taint. The Old Gods supposedly taught the Tevinter Magisters the secrets of Blood Magic, and making offerings at the altars of the supposedly long-dead ones still rewards worshippers with gifts of power. While the Archdemons look like a mix of Darkspawn and Dragon, they are something else entirely. This is why weapons that do extra damage to Darkspawn/Dragons are not especially effective against the Archdemon in the first game.
  • Elden Ring has the God-Devouring Serpent, a primeval lifeform worshipped as a deity by ancient humans of Gelmir with Human Sacrifice, was already one by itself. But after eating Rykard and his Great Rune, it goes full Body Horror as the Lord of Blasphemy, covered in writhing shadowy limbs (which belongs to the souls it's devoured), complete with two bloated human arms and Rykard's now giant face fused with traits of a snake below its own corrupted head, on top of the ability to spew Hellfire and summon the souls of the dead in fiery storms. It's also implied it can go even further; if Rykard was allowed to continue consuming souls, and eventually the gods themselves, his power would grow to the point he could devour the very earth itself, as a towering cosmic snake writhing through space and time.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has Barbas, who looks like a big friendly dog. He also happens to be an aspect of the Daedra Prince Clavicus Vile, specifically his conscience and companion as Barbas tries his best to not get his master to massively hose the poor sap who made a deal with the Daedric Prince of Wishes and Trickery.
  • In Fallen London, the Starveling Cat is practically Horror Hunger incarnate, can and will rip off your hand effortlessly if you try to pet it, and while most of its more horrific moments are Played for Laughs, if you start seeking a certain being's name, you'll find the damn thing is connected to one of the most nightmarish entities in the Neath, and even takes some traits from it.
  • In Fate/Grand Order, the fluffy fox-squirrel-cat mascot Fou that can usually be found in Mash's shirt front or scampering on the loading screen is identified by Merlin as Cath Palug, a Welsh man-eating lion monster the size of a warhorse. He claims to have raised it as his familiar, and various other characters are disturbed by how nonchalantly the protagonists act around it. At the end of Part One, Fou reveals its actual nature to a dying Mash: it's Primate Murder, a legendary evil beast of Nasuverse lore, Number 1 of the twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors, and one of the Seven Evils of Humanity.
  • The animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy's, especially Golden Freddy. They are robot animal mascots that are heavily implied to be possessed by the souls of murdered children. Golden Freddy, as well as the "shadow" enemies in the sequel, are able to suddenly appear from nowhere, and fade away like ghosts, and can cause the game to crash. The regular robot animals in the game have other strange behavior. Most of them never or rarely move when you are watching them until they actually reach you, as though they always know when you can see them regardless of if you are watching then in person or through the camera.
  • The Aragami of God Eater primarily take this form, being creatures made of Oracle Cells, intelligent cell/nanite things that the only goal of which is to consume everything around them. Despite being intelligent, they are incapable of evolving in the traditional biological way, meaning the only way they can adapt is by imitating the forms of the things they consume, with larger concentrations of the Oracle Cells becoming larger and more sophisticated and dangerous, such as massive electric tiger-like Aragami the size of a main battle tank.
  • Garm, from God of War Ragnarök, is a giant wolf constantly soaked with blood that can chew holes through dimensions. According to the game's lore, it was imprisoned in Helheim because, as a puppy, it started eating mountain ranges and abstract concepts (Midgard had a fifth season between winter and spring before Garm ate it). Garm can breathe ice, and it's also immortal: since it has no soul it can't be permanently killed and can regenerate from all injury.
  • Grey Area (2023): The first boss, the Guardian, is a gigantic monster that resembles a horse... if the rear half of the horse was made of intestines. And it's apparently powerful enough that the Goddess of Ichor couldn't deal with it herself, requiring her to manipulate Hailey into defeating it.
  • In Kingdom Hearts lore, all beings whose hearts become tainted with the power of Darkness become Heartless monsters. Most Heartless are mindless beasts with no resemblance to their original self. Very rarely, a Heartless will retain its original form and mind. The two canon examples of this are the human Big Bad Xehanort... and, thanks to The Power of Hate, the lion Scar.
  • League of Legends:
    • Some Void creatures are more animalistic than eldritch; in particular, Kog'maw is essentially a caterpillar monster.
    • Tahm Kench, a Deal with the Devil type of demon, has a very catfish-like appearance.
    • For a while, Riot was flirting with turning Volibear into a horrifying nightmare creature surrounded by a perpetual thundercloud, staring out with way too many eyes from a body assembled from corpses and carrying around a lot of weapons in its back. Later during his rework, they backed away from this direction and Volibear remains primarily just a big lightning bear, although the "eldritch nightbear" version lives on in his Thousand-Pierced skin.
  • A lot of The Legend of Zelda bosses are grotesque animal-like monstrosities created or warped by dark magic. Queen Gohma from Ocarina of Time, Gohma from The Wind Waker, and Armogohma — specifically its true form — from Twilight Princess are grotesque arthropod-like abominations. The Final Boss of Phantom Hourglass is quite obviously based on the giant squid. Makes sense, since its greatest enemy is a whale god, who may or may not also qualify.
    • While Ganon is usually portrayed as a sorcerous Pig Man, his Twilight Princess incarnation is a far more bestial boar-like monstrosity.
    • In Breath of the Wild, Ganon's final form goes even further with the abomination approach; on top of taking the boar-like appearance and making it an amalgamation of gel-like Malice, it's also stated to be the result of Ganon giving up on proper reincarnation into a physical body with an intelligent personality for the sake of destroying Hyrule with its uninhibited power. Its Boss Subtitles even label this monstrosity "Hatred and Malice Incarnate."
  • The Mass Effect 3 DLC Leviathan introduces the Leviathans themselves, ancient Mind Controlling Starfish Aliens that resemble half-a-kilometer-tall cuttlefish.
  • Miskatonic Mysteries allows the player to summon Shub-Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young. When summoned, her avatar appears as a black-furred goat-like creature with five eyes, a fanged, vertical maw in its lower torso, and a large number of tentacles and goat-limbs.
  • Monster Hunter: A select few monsters, primarily Elder Dragons, are very much out there compared to the otherwise mostly-realistic monsters.
    • First Generation: Fatalis is a bit more low-key than its successors, but it has insane powers of recovery, being able to grow back from its armor. The series’ history states that Fatalis — ONE Fatalis — destroyed the entire kingdom of Schrade in just one or two days. Fatalis is feared by all other monsters, and some are only dangerous because they’re running from Fatalis. Its physical appearance is simply that of a classical fantasy dragon. More importantly, it, along with its Crimson, White and Emperor brethren, have a burning hatred for humans.
    • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: Dire Miralis. If it is in fact a different Fatalis, then it’s undergone some pretty drastic mutations; it’s much bigger, its wings have fused into a mortar system, its body temperature is so high that it BOILS OCEANS and completely depopulated vast stretches of water, and occasionally it ventures out and sinks islands. Dire Miralis does have the same basic body structure as Fatalis, aside from its wings.
    • Monster Hunter 4:
      • Gore Magala, the flagship monster of the game, shares the "classic dragon" look with Fatalis, but again, its abilities point toward something rather other. It has no eyes or ears yet and in order to find its way around, Gore has to spread its scales around for a 3D map of its surroundings. The worst part is what happens if those scales are breathed in: the Frenzy Virus. Gore is actually the juvenile form of an Elder Dragon, Shagaru Magala.
      • Gogmazios in 4 Ultimate is an enormous elder horror covered in black tar. The Hunter’s Guild knows nothing about it, possibly because (in an aversion of Undead Author) it literally doesn’t leave anybody alive to report it. And, like the others, its physical body is a four-legged reptile with wings.
    • Monster Hunter: World:
      • Vaal Hazak dwells in the Rotten Vale, and it really sticks out in World's more realistic roster. It's another six-limbed dragon, but this one looks desiccated, decayed, and skeletal, with natural control over the Effluvium that permeates the Vale. It even has something close to necromantic powers, drawing the life out of nearby monsters and reanimating them.
      • At the end of the story is Xeno'Jiiva, an Elder Dragon born from the energy of every dragon that died in the Vale. It's more ethereal than other monsters, with powers beyond what other Elder Dragons are capable of. It is the most otherworldly Elder Dragon to date... which makes sense, given that it is literally an alien that fell from the sky in a meteor. Its adult form, Safi'jiiva, is even more of one, being a scarily intelligent titanic dragon that can reshape entire ecosystems to its whims.
      • Behemoth usually averts this trope back in its home game series. As an in-universe example in the Monster Hunter universe? It sticks out like a sore thumb. While visually not too bad (It's a big canine/Bovine hybrid), it has plenty of magical abilities that Fatalis or the Unknown Black Wyvern would have.
    • Monster Hunter: Rise adds the twin Serpents, Ibushi and Narwa. Visually, they each resemble giant flying eel-dragon things, but their abilities are far beyond that of any other monster in the game. The serpents are the true source of the Rampage, using what appears to be some kind of psychic power to send hordes of monsters into a frenzy — as well as telepathically communicate their thoughts through Hinoa and Minoto. Notably, they are some of the only monsters out of any of the above to be demonstrably as intelligent as humans. Ibushi is relatively impassive in his lust, if sociopathic, but Narwa in particular seems to hold a hatred for every living thing that isn't her. She also doesn't give two shits about anything that's not her or her babies, since she eats Ibushi for a power boost once he fails to defeat the Kamura Hunter.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade: The fight with Inugami has this in spades. The entire battle is incredibly disturbing, with organic wound-like holes appearing midair to stab you with skeletal swords, the boss's body distorting disturbingly, and with one attack involving him becoming something that resembles an near-infinite spear of teeth and mouth.
  • The Ocean Hunter: Each of the six bossses are giant animals named after mythical figures - Kraken the giant octopus, Leviathan the megalodon etc. The final boss, Rahab initially appears to be a giant aquatic ape, but is in truth a monstrous deity of the ocean who reveals his true form in the third and final stage of the battle. The end credits reveal that five of the six main bosses (Kraken, Leviathan, Charybdis, Karkinos and Ahuizotl) were spawned from Rahab, making them something more monstrous than mere animals.
  • Paladins: Yagorath, who can essentially be described as a "giant space worm," was sealed away in the Shattered Desert for millennia before Vora released her. She's apparently powerful enough to take on a Physical God, and in Atlas' Bad Future, she succeeded in destroying the entire Realm.
  • Persona 5: Exploited. Team Pet Morgana is a shapeshifting entity that can move between a regular housecat, a Super-Deformed Funny Animal, and a Citroën H Van. He can only be understood by those who have entered the Mental World of the Collective Unconscious, an Eldritch Location he has in-depth knowledge on. His backstory reveals he was created from those same collective human desires by one of the Powers That Be to help the heroes stop an Eldritch Abomination out to eat reality.
  • Pokémon:
    • Lugia and its counterpart Ho-Oh also qualify. The former is a sort of half-dragon half-bird looking creature with Psychic Powers and a godlike control over the sea. The latter is a gigantic phoenix with the power to raise the dead — indeed, it created a trio of legendary beasts, Raikou, Entei and Suicune, from ordinary Pokémon that perished in a fire.
    • Mew is a cute, catlike creature that is said to have been the progenitor of all Pokemon, as such having the ability to learn every possible move that a Pokemon can learn, even some exclusive ones like Transform. Its clone, Mewtwo, is similarly powerful but is also an experiment that went horrifically wrong.
    • Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina personify time, space and anti-matter, and Reshiram, Zekrom and Kyurem were once a single dragon who may or may not have come from space, and all are distinctly animalistic in appearance, even if they don't necessarily resemble any Earth animals.
    • Arceus is described as a creator deity, created Dialga, Palkia, Giratina and the Lake Trio and is effectively a god within the Pokemon universe. It also takes the form of a hoofed animal. Pokémon Legends: Arceus also reveals that the form we see and are capable of battling with is not even really Arceus itself, just a fragment of its power it created to interact with humans. It's implied the real Arceus is something far more powerful that we never see directly.
    • Groudon and Kyogre are astoundingly old, slumber in places well beyond the reach of humans, and can literally shape the world with their powers, and awakening them constitutes an apocalyptic event that could quite possibly wipe out all life on the planet. Rayquaza, meanwhile, is their mediator, which is to say that when those two have their squabbles, it swoops in to break it up and keep the planet from being flooded or reduced to a barren rock, and while it doesn't have the Walking Wasteland attributes of the other two, it's still frighteningly powerful and beyond the reach of humans. Groudon vaguely looks like a dinosaur, Kyorge resembles a whale and Rayquaza is a Chinese dragon.
    • Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde from Pokémon X and Y are similar to Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza in that they also slumber and their awakening changes things in the world. However, Xerneas is a far more benevolent example than other examples listed here, although its appearance and powers are certainly "Eldritch". Xerneas resembles a deer, Yveltal is bird-like and Zygarde usually resembles a large serpent. Usually because it's actually made up of smaller creatures and the more of them comprise the whole, the larger and stronger the form.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon introduce a number of beings known as Ultra Beasts, denizens of an Eldritch Location known as Ultra Space. They arrive into the Pokémon world via Ultra Wormholes. These beings also possess powers that make them incredibly dangerous to humans and Pokémon alike. It turns out that Ultra Beasts are in fact Pokémon themselves and the reason they're so dangerous is the fact that they're disoriented from traveling into an alien dimension against their wills and are also overflowing with energy from the Ultra Wormholes. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon also imply that they're each from vastly different worlds. Humans also seem to inhabit a few of these worlds.
    • Also introduced in Sun and Moon are the box legendaries Solgaleo and Lunala. They also come from Ultra Space and have the ability to travel between dimensions as well. Cosmog and Cosmoem evolve into either Solgaleo and Lunala and are also theorized to be Ultra Beasts as well.. Another Pokémon, Necrozma is a giant black... Crystal thing. It might be an Ultra Beast, but its relationship to them is sketchy. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon offers a few more details. It is capable of absorbing and fusing with Solgaleo or Lunala and then undergo a further transformation where it transforms into a dragon made of Hard Light.
    • Type: Null, also from Sun and Moon is an artificial Pokémon created from various Pokémon to adapt to virtually any situation. As such, it possesses features such as a fish tail, front legs that resemble a bird's feet, and scales on its hind legs.
    • Pokémon Sword and Shield gives us Eternatus, which intersects with this and Draconic Abomination. It is also one of the most overtly eldritch beings in the series, as it is an alien being that emerged from a meteor, causes Pokemon to Dynamax and fly into berserk rages just by existing, and has a monstrous and utterly enormous true form that is so absurdly powerful that it distorts spacetime and poses a potentially planet-destroying threat.
    • Also from Sword & Shield, the obligatory Fossil Revival mechanic requires two halves of a broken fossil to revive a complete Pokémon. Except you cannot find two halves of the same fossil in the games. There are two front halves and two back halves, but none of them match up. Combining either front half with either back half will net you an unholy abomination whose Dex entry all but states it lives in constant suffering.
    • An unintentional example: the glitch pokemon Charizard 'M from Pokémon Red and Blue looks like a gigantic Charizard, but the game believes it's actually the "CANCEL" button (As they share an index number), and can cause a multitude of effects that can fall under Violation of Common Sense, such as merging Pokemon, changing species of other Pokemon and preventing NPCs from seeing the player's party. When fighting against one, it's likely that it will have an enormous amount of HP (So much that the HP bar wraps around the screen). Not only that, but it tends to appear alongside glitch trainers that resemble Red in a certain glitch, and said trainers can have a glitch AI that crash the game if they try to do something. And in Pokémon Green, it has Psyduck's cry.
  • Rivals of Aether has Sylvanos, who appears as a Savage Wolf-plant hybrid and the protector of the forest. However, its taunt shows that it is something far more monstrous and plantlike than that.
  • SCP – Containment Breach has two SCP examples. SCP-939, a red voice-changeling that will use the voice of one of its past victims to fool you into following it. Then there is the guardian of The Lost Woods, a large cat-like creature with Supernatural Gold Eyes that will attempt to claw you to death.
  • In The Secret World, quite a few creatures of the Filth are purely animalistic in nature, taking the form of huge dogs, bomber-sized birds, giant spiders, and Kaiju-scale boars. However, these aren't Filth-infected animals: they're creatures born entirely of the Filth, and according to various bits of lore, they're actually the Dreamers' extremely hazy visions of the real world made incarnate through their reality-warping powers: essentially, these beasties are the dreams of an Eldritch Abomination made flesh.
  • A lot of the monsters from Silent Hill resemble animals. Dogs, bird-bat things, roaches, ant-eaters, and even friggin' moths have all been demonstrated. They're especially common in the first game, where the monsters represent the fears and anxieties of a young child.
  • Unlike the rest of the spirits in Spirit Hunter: NG, the Screaming Author resembles a disturbing, crane-like figure, with metallic wings and bird feet molded to its flesh. This is a result of Yakumo's surgical alternations when it was still alive.
  • In Splatoon 3, at the end of Hero Mode, we are finally introduced to Mr. Grizz in the flesh. Originally a grizzly bear that remained conscious despite cryonic hibernation, he began to develop Fuzzy Ooze using the Golden Eggs his employees gathered during Salmon Runs. By the time we actually meet him, he has integrated so thoroughly with Fuzzy Ooze that he is practically a gestalt entity made of the stuff, which lets him transform into Ooze himself, launch a variety of Ooze-based attacks, rotate an in-flight rocket through sheer mass alone, and use his own body as a doomsday payload in his attempt to restore mammalian dominance to Earth, even if it wipes out the evolved marine life that now covers its surface.
  • Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion has Specimen 8, which is a floating deer-like monster resembling a Wendigo garbed in a cloak and without limbs of any kind. It is able to go through walls and provides the player with some Interface Screw in the form of static, as well as various images popping up whenever it manages to deal damage. It attacks prey by absorbing them into it, with its past victims being seen under its cloak. Unlike most other examples, Specimen 8 directly addresses the player as it gives chase, speaking with Voice of the Legion.
  • The above game and the Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies games also have Flukes. Not all of them qualify, most of them just being really large and really powerful aliens who happen to look like humongous sea urchins. But the older, the more warped and the more hateful they get, the more abominable they end up being without losing (most of) their urchiny form. Lornest-Flukes are one (slightly weakened) example, while Scorn-Flukes are nearing the top of the abominable food chain.
    • Sunless Skies also has the Felined Eccentric's cats, who from the get-go are pretty unsettling given they do things like go on an unprotected walk outside your engine while you're flying through the High Wilderness, which is normally a recipe for frostbite and insanity. They aren't cats, they're aspects of her personality from when she used to be much more evil and distinctly non-human. When she changed to her current form and personality after being in Piranesi, they followed her out and she can't get rid of them.
  • The Liir of Sword of the Stars resemble dolphins or whales with a number of features from other sea creatures (fur, tentacles, negligible senescence...) and Psychic Powers, but most of them are simply Starfish Aliens. The Suul'ka, on the other hand are bigger than most starships, feed on the life-forces of planets, are summoned from the black depths of space where they slumber by mass sacrifices, and have a method of "teaching" their followers via direct telepathic contact that is almost always fatal for the follower. They're actually incredibly ancient Liir gone mad with power who've decided to take the Galactic Conqueror route.
  • Tangerine Tycoon has the "Tangerine Cat", which is a science-defying breed of black cat that spontaneously generates tangerines from thin air. Apparently, they don't sleep and are Uncanny Valley, according to the Thought Box.
  • The Beast in chapter one of The Witcher is a huge dog-shaped manifestation of the collective sins of an entire village, materialized to haunt and terrorize them.
  • The Noise from The World Ends with You mostly take the form of distorted and wildly colored versions of animals, such as frogs, wolves and bears that makes them look like murderous graffitis come to life.

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  • Hazbin Hotel: Many of the demons in Hell appear to be human/animal crosses. In particular are Angel Dust and Alastor, who are a spider demon and a deer demon respectively.
  • Sock Series: Sock is a heavily stylized, smiling hamster... oh, and he's a reality-warping God of Evil.
  • RWBY: The world is infested with mysterious creatures known as the Grimm. Mostly resembling animals and mythological beasts, they are black beings with white plates and glowing red eyes. Their bodies evaporate into smoke when they are destroyed, they lack souls and Aura, are drawn to negative emotions like a magnet and seem to be trying to destroy humanity. Scientists have no idea what these creatures are or how they function, and every time they think they've made a breakthrough, something new comes along to defy comprehension. The Grimm are actually created from divine Pools of Annihilation, filled with an unknown inky substance and are creations of the God of Darkness.
  • Velma Meets the Original Velma: It's not exactly clear what Scooby is, but he's clearly far more removed from a normal dog than his canon counterparts were: He can stand perfectly on two legs, extend his body in lethal ways, and rewrite reality to Restart the World and reincarnate his closest friends. He also speaks in garbled yet elegant English.

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    Web Original 
  • The subreddit "imsorryjon" is dedicated to reinterpreting Garfield, of all characters, as one of these. It can range from darkly hilarious to extremely creepy in execution.
  • Goodbye Strangers has several. The main ones are the titular strangers, which are weird creatures that look like brightly colored worms or lizards, but their behavior and biology is very strange. They don't appear to be alive or sentient and are obsessed with seemingly meaningless activities like taking apart analog clocks, building shrines, or spending all their time crying. And many of them kill humans in extremely gruesome ways. But their are several other weird creatures in the setting such as the meoms, which are cute catlike aliens, that are also able to form absolutely massive entities called megameoms that look like gigantic alien cyborgs with vaguely angelic and cat-like features. And the Animalarians look like living drawings of animals but what you are seeing is just a small part of a higher dimensional being.
  • Many of the creatures from the Sandsverse are hinted to be more than just animals that sell random substances and troll each other. Horace, the Boar of the North, for example, shows his age as a boar superimposed on a chart of the universe's life cycle.
  • The SCP Foundation has contained a number of these, some of the most notable being SCP-1055, SCP-682, SCP-334 and SCP-953. Almost everything with the "animal" tag qualifies as one of these.
    • The Cicada Lord is one of the biggest, a Celtic god whose brain was scrambled by its worshippers being converted to Christianity, leading to it believing that it is the Christian God.
  • Horror artist Slimyswampghost on Tumblr has many bizarre abominations, humanoid, eldritch or otherwise, but the one who most exemplifies this trope is Long Horse. It is an entity resembling a horse's skull attached to an impossibly long and bendy neck, which continues twisting and bending all the way into eternity. He displays the ability to enter people's dreams and one post implies that he's far more ancient than initially thought, existing since the caveman days and possibly even longer. Unlike most examples, he's largely benevolent, at least according to Word of God, being curious by nature and "well-meaning". That said, he has a tendency to herald terrible things happening in the future.
  • The titular entity in There's a god in my woods takes the form of an emaciated deer with deformed antlers and a mass of half-decayed, undead birds and possibly something more where its stomach would be. Thankfully, it leaves the protagonist alone.
  • We Are All Pokémon Trainers has ♨č▒⢫╠␣☣ł₤舸▟, or the Glitch Nidorino, a representation of the fear of death that merely takes the appearance of the first being it encounters in the material world, in this case being Vinollo the Nidorino. Luckily unlike most other Glitches it's friendly if its mission isn't to beat the fear of death into you.
  • Whateley Universe: Way too many of the animal-like things in "Tennyo Goes to Hell", given where the story takes place.
  • The aliens from Twitter Story Earth 5 AR are described as giant compared to humans and possess animalistic heads. They speak a language that their "babies" cannot understand, the females breastfeed their children with "THE MILK" and their adopted humans have little understanding of what exactly they do when not caring for them.

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    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
  • Amphibia: A lot of Amphibia's fauna are downright terrifying. Rather than just being giant versions of animals we have on Earth, they are viciously aggressive and sometimes incorporate insectoid elements in otherwise mammalian-like animals.
  • Avatar:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender has a couple of the spirits, including Koh the Face Stealer, a giant centipede with a face that can change from human to animal to just about anything, and Wan Shi Tong, a giant Ominous Owl with an extendable neck.
    • The Legend of Korra continues this trend with the spirits of light and dark, Raava and Vaatu, which resemble gigantic flatworms. Also, many Dark spirits have more or less vaguely animalistic forms, which counts.
  • Centaurworld: The Nowhere King is an ancient, evil, deathless being resembling a giant, wasp-bodied monster made out of black tar, with multiple skeletal deer legs and a deer skull for a head.
  • Final Space:
    • The Arachnitects, ancient and wise beings with mastery of space-time who created and imprisoned the Titans and created the universe, look like giant, talking mechanical spiders which live in lairs made of ethereal webs.
    • And then there's Werthrent, a vile snake god on Ash's homeworld who imprisons all the sacrifices he devours in a pocket dimension where they're cursed to endless agony while he feeds on their life force.
  • The Lion Guard: Scar, who was killed off by his hyena minions at the end of The Lion King (1994), returns as a hate-fueled demonic lion coated in hellfire, a stark contrast to the heavenly apparition of his brother Mufasa.
  • Moville Mysteries: The exotic pets which Emil buys from Mr. Pong in "Pet Shop Of No Return". They all belong to non-existent species, are seemingly capable of Offscreen Teleportation, have red, piercing eyes, display an unnaturally aggressive behavior and do not seem to require food or water of any sort. As it turns out, they were created from the corpses of Emil's past pets which he mistreated so much.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Ursa Minor and Major are bears — except they are quite literally made out of stars. And the size of a building in the case of the Ursa Minor — which is just a baby. Its mother, the Ursa Major, is the size of a hill and probably the most humongous monster of the whole series, only on par with former-Dragon Lord Torch — the biggest dragon in existence.
    • The Windigos looks like horses, but they are intangible, live in the atmosphere, feed off hatred, and generally appear otherwordly. The closest things the series has to true Lovecraftian Horrors besides the Ursas, and indeed seem to be worse than them in this regard; they greatly resemble Ithaqua, a beast that came from the mind of H. P. Lovecraft himself.
  • Ōban Star-Racers has Canaletto, AKA the Timeless One. He is a looming, powerful humanoid alien resembling a cross between a Crow and a tarantula, and is thousands of years old. He can seemingly glimpse the future and manipulate events in his favor, even while imprisoned in a giant bird-cage. And while he's certainly smart for a giant bird, he also has an unfathomable hatred of all life, and looks to wipe us all out when he gets out of his cage. Also, he's the villain of a racing show.
  • The Owl House: The Owl Beast is a demon to the Boiling Isles, and resembles a rather nightmarish four-legged barn owl with a gaping maw and Black Eyes of Evil.
  • Rick and Morty had a telepathic cat who refused to explain its origins. When Rick scanned its mind to figure out what it is, whatever he saw was horrible enough to make him, a man who prides himself on having seen every horrible thing the universe has to offer, almost attempt suicide.
  • Steven Universe: A lot of corrupted Gems seen throughout the series resemble large-sized animals in the form of a centipede, pufferfish, and bird.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Sibini is parasitic trickster spirit resembling a scorpion that has been trapped within the Mosaic Scale for a thousand years.


Ludwig the Accursed

What remains of the Healing Church's hunter Ludwig, corrupted into a monstrous beast in the Hunter's Nightmare.

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