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A coyote, and THE Coyote.

"This was no chicken, it was evil manifest."
Kahlan Amnell (on the Chimes of Death), The 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.

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



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    Anime & Manga 

  • This article from Bogleech point out that 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 completely glosses over despite being heavily emphasized in the art.
  • To say nothing of the original unicorn (WARNING: Potential Nightmare Fuel). Well, actually the artist is actually completely lying. That's 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. If you want the real original unicorn, just read a Roman account of a rhinoceros.
  • Many paintings by Salvador Dali are famous for depicting horses, elephants and similar animals with spindly, enormous legs and other nightmarish features.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel comics 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.
  • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • Enter Ken Finlayson features Moloch the Death Raptor as an owl-like animalistic abomination.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the Worm x Bloodborne crossover, Hunter, Beasts have this appearance. Sophia is the most notable, as she's the first one seen in Brockton Bay.
  • Children of an Elder God: The first enemy fought by Shinji was an Eldritch Abomination wich looked like a giant spider. Later on, Asuka fought a green, crab-like Elder God.
  • Ruby and Nora: The Wendigo is a fully sentient Grimm with a humanoid body, but a deer skull for a head.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Laughing Mare from Equestria Divided was once Pinkie Pie.

    Films — Animation 
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven depicts Satan as a Big Red Devil in dog form.
  • 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.
  • In The Princess and the Frog, some of the Friends on the Other Side have an animalistic shape.
  • The Secret of Kells features a brief encounter with the Dark One, Crom Cruach, who vaguely resembles a serpent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • 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 worshipped 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.).
  • The eponymous monster from The Lair of the White Worm is a giant snake-like dragon (the word "worm" meant dragon originally) and is worshipped by a race of reptilian vampires.
  • 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 regnerate, and have an insatiable appetite for human flesh. They're viewed less as giant animals and more like flying omens of death.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Captain Marvel (2019) has Goose, 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.
  • When placed into the real world against real people, the Pokémon from Pokémon Detective Pikachu look like this. Between their eyes that vary between Big Anime Eyes to Cartoony Eyes to their virtually unchanged-from-the-games proportions. The result is that the Pokémon fall deep into the Uncanny Valley. Many Pokémon really would be considered this considering what many of them are capable of doing, according to the Pokédex.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • Clark Ashton Smith's The Seven Geases. The Cthulhu Mythos deity Atlach-Nacha resembles a huge, hairy and hideous black spider. From the same author, we also have Tsathogghua and its extended family, who tend to have batrachian looks.
  • From Sword of Truth, the Chimes of Death, for whatever reason, take the forms of chickens. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Several of Hunter's previous quarries probably qualified too.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The hellhound from Too Many Curses 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.
  • The title character of Edward Gorey's The Doubtful Guest is a short, unsettling creature that vaguely resembles a penguin.
  • At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft has giant, blind, albino mutant penguins living in Antarctica.
  • The Skinwalker from The Dresden Files usually takes on forms that vaguely resemble real animals but twisted and corrupted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Simulated there are two good examples in the virus swarm and the literal bug both found within the Good Gracious Host.
  • 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 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.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Norse Mythology features Fenrir, Hresvelgr, Ratatöskr, Nidhoggr, and Jörmungandr. Norse Nautical Folklore has the Kraken.
  • The Bible has Behemoth, Ziz, and the Leviathan. Also the Second Beast from the Book of Revelation, which is described as bearing many crowns atop many heads, and is variously depicted as as being draconic, catlike or serpentine. Beelzebub and Amon are also noteworthy examples.
    • Several angels like the cherubim are mishmashes of animal parts, mostly lion or bull heads with eye covered wings.
  • Romani Mythology: Ana's children range from an evil two-headed bird to a hairy hagfish to a vagina beetle to a mass of kitty and puppy heads, all demons responsible for diseases.
  • Classical Mythology: Various enemies of the gods are powerful monsters with the appearance of several animals jumbled together. On that note, pretty much every creature spawned by Typhon and Echidna qualifies. In particular, there's Cerberus, the Hydra and the eagle that fed on Prometheus' liver.
  • In Egyptian Mythology, Apep (or Apophis), the ultimate evil, the embodiment of all wrongness, chaos, and depravity in the world looks like a giant water snake. Ammit the Eater of Souls, which devours those judged unworthy after death, combined the features of the three most formidable animals known to ancient Egyptians: lion, hippo and crocodile.
  • In Aztec Mythology, Cipactli, the monster that dwelled within the Primordial Chaos, is described as a cross between a crocodile, a fish, and a frog, with every limb joint replaced by an extra mouth. It took nothing short of Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl working together to put it down.
  • Some cryptids could potentially fall under this trope, such as the less-humanoid depictions of The Jersey Devil.
    • Those who don't consider them Humanoid Abominations might consider the Mothman and its bigger nastier cousin the Owlman to be this; they're both creepy specters that look vaguely like birds with glowing red eyes. The former always arrives before a disaster and the latter terrorizes folks for no discernible reason.
  • 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. 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.

    Music Videos 
  • The music video for "The Wolf" by Siames 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.

  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Pathfinder:
    • Rovagug bears more than a slight resemblance to a centipede, albeit one large enough to undo creation. His "spawn" Chemnosit the Monarch-Worm takes after its father.
    • Kazavon, the draconic champion of Zon-Kuthon, was powerful and evil enough that killing him and splitting his soul into seven pieces still didn't erase him as a threat.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 then 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 being 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 by 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 from vastly 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.
    • 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.
  • The patron abomination of The Church of A'zqr, the Eternal Bleeding Jackal Skull as seen in one of the Parody Commercials in the Facebook version of You Don't Know Jack.
  • In Deadly Premonition, according to Word of God Willie the Dalmatian is an entity of the Red Room much like Forrest Kaysen.
  • 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.
  • The Alpaca in Alpaca Evolution becomes increasingly Lovecraftian as it assimilates other alpacas, angels, and even God.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • While most of the demons in classic Doom, Doom 2, and Doom 3 are either humanoid or more abstract in form, the Guardian of Hell is outright reptilian in appearance. Word of God (The Making of Doom 3) has it that the idea behind its appearance was essentially a dinosaur's concept of what a demon would look like.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SCP – Containment Breach has two SCP examples. SCP-939, a red voice-changling 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.
  • The Mass Effect 3 DLC Leviathan introduces the Leviathans themselves, ancient Mind Controlling Starfish Aliens that resemble half-a-kilometer-tall cuttlefish.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bloodborne has numerous examples. The various beasts are probably the best examples, most being spawned when lycanthropy runs headlong into Lovecraft.
    • 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 lupine with a massively over-sized arm. It screams too.
    • The Blood-Starved Beast is another werewolf, just rotting, caked in blood, and incompletely skinned, so it's wearing its own hide in flaps.
    • Darkbeast Paarl is best described as a rotting werewolf corpse, shrouded in lightning, with a disturbingly human skull for a face. And oh boy does it scream.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Third Generation: Similar to Fatalis (possibly another form) is 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.
    • Fourth Generation has not one, but two.
      • Gore Magala, the flagship monster of Monster Hunter 4, 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 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.
    • Lastly, in Fifth Generation, there are two.
      • 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 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.
      • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Recent lore indicates that Volibear is an altogether more nightmarish creature now than he was back when he was just a lightning polar bear. Elements include a perpetual thundercloud, a back full of blunted weapons, and a monstrous face with up to twelve eyes; the Volibear is able to consume corpses and make them part of itself.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • 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.
  • There Will Be Brawl: The final form of the not-of-this-earth Mr. Game and Watch is an octopus.
  • 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.
  • Whateley Universe: Way too many of the animal-like things in "Tennyo Goes to Hell", given where the story takes place.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nick Nocturne, the host of Night Mind, is always depicted as a (sometimes anthropomorphic) black cat with two sets of eyes: one green and one purple. However, that's just his Shapeshifter Default Form, so he may actually classify as a full-on Eldritch Abomination instead.
  • RWBY:
    • The world of Remnant has the Creatures of Grimm, which essentially resemble animals (and a few mythological beasts) but are much larger, and covered in black fur and white plates with red markings. Their bodies disintegrate when they die, they are drawn to negative emotions like a magnet, hunt exclusively humanity (not that they need to, as they apparently never eat food), and they can live for centuries and never stop growing, as well as always getting smarter. No one on Remnant really knows what they are or where they came from either, because they've been hunting humanity for as long as anyone can remember.
    • Volume 4 gives one explanation for their existence, but it remains to be seen how much is true and how much is a result of Shrouded in Myth. Supposedly the Grimm were created by a God of Darkness to destroy everything his brother the God of Light had created, at that time including just plants, animals, and water. The feud ended when they agreed to make something together: humanity itself.
  • 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 Kivouackians from Satellite City are a mix of this and some more upright designs that look like humanoids with varying degrees of weirdness. Many of them have traits from multiple different varieties of furry earth animal, like Shuck, who resembles a large black hellhound-creature but with horns and a smushed bat-like face, Felicity, who's like a mixture of a donkey and a dragon, and Winifred, who's sort of like a cross between a (wingless) furry dragon, a deer, a horse, and a lizard. The show's ostensible protagonist, Sullivan, keeps them as houseguests at a middle-class manor in rural England. Most if not all of them are older than the current universe and came from a place that existed before our own, can be dismembered and put back together without apparent permanent harm, and see humans as inferior creatures who don't deserve to survive, but they usually stay inside Sullivan's house because most of them (the animal ones, at least) aren't much bigger than a large dog and are vulnerable to human weaponry.
  • Sock from the Sock Series is a heavily stylized, smiling hamster... oh, and he's a reality-warping God of Evil.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • The Lion Guard: Scar became one. Now he's an incorporeal, dangerous entity.
  • 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.
  • Adventure Time:
  • 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.


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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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