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"There's always been a god-shaped hole in man's head. Trees were the first to fill it. Mr. Wood was the trees. Mr. Wood was the forest. Well, he was a very old god who saw something very new: he saw a god-fearing society turn towards complete industrialization. So what did he do? He sacrificed his trees. He sacrificed his forest. And he became something else."
Mr. Wednesday, American Gods (2017) episode "A Murder of Gods"

Much like Animalistic Abominations, these foul blights on everything bear a strong resemblance to commonplace life-forms, in this case that of natural flora.

Half the time these creatures are only plant-like superficially, kind of like Proterozoic Era life, blurring the lines between plants, animals, fungi, bacteria and the other things. They may plant their feet (or whatever passes for such) in the ground, attracting vermin like bees and flies, exhaling toxic spores and hypnotic pollen and sucking out the water and nitrogen and fertilizer from its surroundings.

These creatures often possess a taste for flesh, human or otherwise. In other cases, all they care about is laying down their roots, overgrowing and infesting the land and starving the ecosystem of its own resources. If it grows fruit, it probably imbues those that eat it with supernatural abilities before they explode from the alien parasites that germinated in their intestines.


Combine this with Humanoid Abomination and you get a Plant Person, with an Animalistic Abomination and you get a Planimal, a Mechanical Abomination you get Organic Technology covered in vines and flowers, though for all three of these to apply they would still need to have the same otherworldliness and mind-bending terror you would expect from an Eldritch Abomination of any category. See also Foul Flower and When Trees Attack.

Note: Fungi are not plants, and in fact are more closely related to animals, but fiction still treats the two groups as interchangeable often enough for them to fit here.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters and its two sequels, Godzilla — identified as "Godzilla Earth" — is not only a Kaiju but a "hyper-evolved plant-based organism," and as such can engage in asexual reproduction, has little to no body heat, and lacks a skeleton. It's taken over the planet's ecosystem and terraformed it, with almost every other organism having "submitted" to it to and sharing 97% of its genetical code.
  • In Mushishi, the eponymous Mushi are essentially this trope mixed with The Fair Folk. The protagonist, Ginko, describes them as the closest to "the heart" of nature, a.k.a. the Kouki. While the Mushi have dangerous effects on the humans they interact with, they aren't malevolent, and simply want to survive like any other living thing.
  • After he took in Helena's Nail, Alexander Anderson of Hellsing became capable of manipulating thorns and vines, with even Alucard calling him a "monster of God."
  • In Rosario + Vampire, Lady Oyakata (Ruby in the anime) uses her magic to merge her body with that of her hanabake plant monsters and becomes a giant plant monster with the intent of destroying Tsukune, his Unwanted Harem and every human being within the neighboring town.
  • Dragon Ball: The Tree of Might is a divine tree that drains the life energy out of wherever it's planted, producing mystical fruit that only gods like the Kai and Eternal Dragons are meant to eat. While not malevolent, if planted on an incompatible planet the tree will reduce it to a barren wasteland; and if the fruit is consumed by a mortal it grants an exponential but temporary boost in power. In the Xenoverse series, a Tree of Might planted in the Demon Realm becomes corrupted, with Towa using its fruit to induce the Villainous Mode and Supervillain State.
  • The God Tree in Naruto is a massive alien tree nourished by draining Natural Energy from the environment and said to absorb the blood of battlefields for a millennium. It is the source of all chakra, which can be imbued to anyone who devours the chakra fruit it bears every subsequent millennium. The Ōtsutsuki Clan travelled the cosmos to harvest the fruit in order to take its divine power for themselves, though Kaguya Ōtsutsuki betrayed the clan after arriving on Earth and merged with its God Tree to become the Planimal Ten-Tailed Beast.
  • Elsa Maria, the fourth major Witch in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, at first resembles a young woman, deep in prayer. But when Sayaka attacks her, she suddenly sprouts an enormous tree to encase her enemy.
  • A benevolent version in the Great Witch Jennifer from Little Witch Academia (2017), whose spirit fused with a tree after death, turning her into a still-sapient Plant Person.
  • At the end of Sonic X, the Metarex generals Dark Oak, Pale Bayleaf, and Black Narcissus fused with a World Tree to form the Final Mova: a planet-engulfing three-headed draconic plant monster powered by the seven Chaos Emeralds, several stolen Planet Eggs, and an entire planet of water. Once the Final Mova absorbed all of the Chaos Emeralds' power, it then became a giant seed that summoned runaway plant growth all across the galaxy. In the end, Cosmo fused herself with the self-destructing Final Mova to save the world.

    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics:
    • The Green is an elemental force which connects all forms of plant life on Earth. It is governed by a group of plant elementals known as the Parliament of Trees, and usually selects a specific individual with a connection to the Green as The Champion to maintain balance on their behalf, Swamp Thing being their most famous champion.
    • The Grey was an elemental force similar to the Green that formed on a far-off grey, alien planet. When such alien planet was destroyed, a fragmented meteor made from the remains of the planet landed on Earth, bringing what would later be known as the Fungal Kingdom with it. While the plants and fungi would live in relative peace, until Mantango (a plant elemental and former member of the Parliament of Trees) defected to the Grey and tempted humanity with the Tree of Knowledge and fostered its potential to destroy, leading to hostility between the two forces of nature.
    • Batman: Poison Ivy is a misanthropic Plant Person who lures in victims to feed to her "babies". One particular Man-Eating Plant was overfed so much by her that something went wrong, mutating it into "Harvest", a sentient Mind Hive composed of the souls of all the people it had eaten. It promptly decided that Ivy was pretty appetizing herself.
  • Morrigan Lugus from Supergod was the first of the superhumans the series was centered around. He was manifested when three astronauts with minimal radiation shielding were exposed to an unknown, extraterrestrial breed of fungus, fusing them into a massive, three-face being. Mentally it's an entity beyond human comprehension — its entire fungal physiology acting similar to an organic supercomputer — whose mere presence warps the human mind. It eventually succeeds in its revenge against the human race, still spiteful for its own creation due to mankind's willingness to sacrifice its human components, through the use of infecting everyone with its deadly spores.
  • B.P.R.D.: After being incinerated by Liz Sherman, the Ogdru Hem known as Sadu-Hem regenerates into a tiny speck of fungus, which is preserved in a laboratory and grows to be bigger than a man. It then infects a human host, turning him into — in the artist's words — a "fungus elephant-man".
  • Judge Dredd: The Father Earth storyline ends when Father Earth and his mutants fall under the thrall of an alien man-eating giant plant with a hypnotic call, believing it to be their god. Father Earth himself is a mutant covered in plants who invaded Mega-City One to inflict Gaia's Vengeance on it.

    Fan Fiction 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Godzilla:
    • Biollante from Godzilla vs. Biollante is a Godzilla, rose, and human tribrid created by Genshiro Shiragami. Shiragami originally created a human-and-rose hybrid in 1984 by splicing the DNA of his daughter, Erika Shiragami, who was killed in a Bio-Major-authorized bombing of his lab in Saradia, with that of a rosebush, as roses had been Erika's favorite flower. It was later suggested that as a result of the fusion, the plant developed a level of sentience which could only be detected by those with psychic abilities, like Miki Saegusa. Then, in 1990, Mount Mihara began to erupt, creating an earthquake that killed several roses. Panicking, Shiragami spliced samples of Godzilla's DNA (given to him by the Japanese Self-Defense Force in order for Shiragami to help create the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria) that had been collected in 1984 with a single rose so that it could use Godzilla's advanced healing factor to become invincible. The fusion eventually further increased the plant's sentience and gave it the ability to move on its own, and it continued to mutate into a giant rose with a literal Flower Mouth, dubbed Biollante. After seemingly being destroyed by Godzilla, she reforms as an enormous nightmarish Planimal, and eventually disperses into a cloud of spores and retreated into space.
    • SpaceGodzilla from Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is theorized to have originated when some of Biollante's spores were sucked into a black hole and merged with a crystalline alien entity — supported by him having tusks like Biollante's and the cores of his shoulder crystals resembling Biollante's stomach.
  • Slender Man from Slender Man is a walking, humanoid tree. He also has power over tree branches and the sounds of tree branches snapping and contorting accompanies him whenever he moves.
  • The Ruins: The man-eating vine growing on the Mayan ruins displays extraordinary intelligence and abilities, while its origins are pretty much unknown. It seems less like an ordinary Man-Eating Plant and more like some demonic or extraterrestrial entity wilfully tormenting the humans that go near it.
  • The threat that appears in Splinter is a strange, parasitic mold that turns those infected by it into Parasite Zombies that can detect other victims through their body temperature. When it manifests, it grows spikes across the infected area as it breaks the bones of its host to increase its mobility. We never find out exactly where it came from and it is very likely that whatever it is, it is still out there, ready to cause a pandemic.
  • Eden Log: The gargantuan tree that powers the city. Supposedly its sap is a superfuel, but actually it turns the migrant workers harvesting it into savage mutants, who are then used as the real power source.
  • In The Tall Grass: The grass field as a whole is implied to be some sort of incomprehensibly alien superorganism that has existed since the dawn of time. It actively messes with both time and space and wants to assimilate human travelers into itself. Also, at different points it manifests itself as humanoid monstrosities made of grass.
  • Sam, the Physical God of Halloween in Trick 'r Treat is depicted as a Pumpkin Person with a skull-like face under his iconic burlap sack mask.

  • The Lord of the Rings: Old Man Willow in the Old Forest. It's a sapient tree (maybe a very old huorn or, in some earlier drafts, an ancient earth-bound spirit imprisoned in a tree-form), whose influence expands to all trees around, imbued with telepathy, hypnotic powers, and an everlasting hatred for everything walking on two legs.
  • Aurora Cycle: The villain of the series is the Ra'haam, a gestalt entity taking the form of plant life which spreads itself via pollen and wishes to assimilate all other life into itself, intending to spread itself from the 22 planets it's incubating on through the Fold to any world it can get to.
  • Cthulhu Mythos:
    • The Green God from the Ramsey Campbell short story The Horror Under Warrendown is a sentient plant-like entity dwelling within a series of subterranean caverns, where it is always served by mutant rabbit-like worshippers.
    • The Mi-Go are fungal monsters who have a base on Pluto from which they scout out exceptional minds on Earth. They're masters of Bio-Augmentation and come across as malevolent to humans, but are implied to have a Blue-and-Orange Morality system that doesn't recognize that most people don't want to be abducted as a Brain in a Jar to attend an off-world Fantastic Science symposium.
    • The Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath are a perverse amalgamation of leafless tree, fungus and goat the size of a small house (at the least), with Combat Tentacles and sometimes Too Many Mouths.
  • The Thread from Dragonriders of Pern. An unknown alien fungus from the Red Star, it traverses space to reach Pern and, once it arrives, roots itself and starts draining the life from everything it lands on.
  • The Three-Eyed Crow, AKA Bloodraven, from A Song of Ice and Fire, has merged with the Old Gods by letting a weirwood grow through him.
  • The thing at the center of Area X in The Southern Reach Trilogy seems to be some sort of monstrous alien plant. The Crawler describes it as "the strangling fruit," and many of its extrusions take plant-like forms. It doubles as an Eldritch Abomination and Eldritch Location, and distorts space, time, and living things within its domain. It may also be an alien terraforming engine, though the books remain cagey about its precise nature.
  • Among other types of otherworldly horrors in The Taking, the protagonists encounter a fast-growing cluster of spotted mushrooms in the local bar's restroom that Molly gets a feeling of malevolence from despite its innocuous (if very strange) appearance. They also encounter walking clusters of pale, pulsing fungi that eat souls around the increasingly empty town.
  • Wings of Fire gives us the Othermind. It's a plant intelligence with mind-control powers. Anyone exposed to it (eating it, breathing in smoke from burning it, injected with it as eggs) becomes subject to its control. It's been there for millennia - in the very oldest legends the dragons of Pantala have, of their ancestors' arrival on the continent, the Othermind was there and using the animals as its weapons. And it still hates everything it doesn't have full control over. Long exposure has made it at least vaguely comprehensible to dragons, but it's still strange and terrifying.
  • "Carnivorine" (1889), by Lucy H Hooper is an early example in Western literature of the trope. Here, a Mad Scientist manages through some truly dubious biology to modify a naturally occurring carnivorous plant into a multi-tentacled horror the size of a small tree with lightning reflexes and eventually the power of locomotion.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Mr. Wood from American Gods (2017) was originally an Old God worshiped by humanity when it began, having been a god associated with trees. When animistic belief dwindled and industrialization took hold, Mr. Wood foresaw that he would eventually cease to exist when he would be forgotten and, rather than dying, sacrificed his own trees and joined the New Gods. While only seen briefly in "A Murder of Gods", briefly disguised as a wooden desk at the police office with the knot opening to reveal a human-eye. It soon comes to life and attacks Shadow, becoming a monstrous tree that implants a growing, parasitic plant into Shadow as a means of tracking him, only for Mr. Wednesday to remove it when they escape.
  • Doctor Who has Krynoids, the seeds of which infect humans and transform them into monsters, ones that rapidly grow to the size of houses, with a rabid hunger for flesh.
  • Sleepy Hollow features the Tree Monster, a humanoid tree/scarecrow demon summoned by Moloch left in a dormant state outside of the Fredricks Estate.
  • The Gargoyle Vine from Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot is a lava spewing, space plant that can grow large enough to destroy the Earth with its gigantic growing tendrils. Giant Robo has a very tough time defeating it on the two battles they had, getting ensnared in its crushing vines.
  • Vulgyre's One-Winged Angel form in Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman is this. A massive monster covered in thorns, with gigantic petals along the back, masses of roots for legs, and additional root tentacles.

  • Some Kurgan goddess figurines are monstrous women with plant feet. Some have suggested that these are depictions of Api, the Scythian earth goddess (equated with Gaia by Herodotus).

    Tabletop Games 
  • Various plant-type monsters from Yu-Gi-Oh! — like the "Predaplant", "Rose" and "Sylvan" archetypes — fall under the category of "abomination."
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Demon Lord Zuggtmoy, Lady of Rot and Decay, manifests as a gigantic fungal humanoid woman. She also rules over a layer of the Abyss that's overgrown with miles-high fungi and tries to spread her corruption to the Material Plane, with And I Must Scream results for anyone who gets interred in her "gardens" or infected with her spores.
    • Mu Spores (which also appear in Pathfinder) are gigantic fungal organisms whose capacity for devastation is about on par with that of the Tarrasque, with a strange and alien intelligence.
    • In the old Basic/Expert/etc system, an odic is a type of evil spirit that possesses large plants during the hours of darkness. It moves into a new host plant each night, turning it mobile, aggressive, and deadly poisonous, then moves on at dawn, killing the plant as it exits. Like other spirit-type undead, it's very powerful.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Cyth-V'sug, the demon lord of fungus, parasites and disease, takes the physical form of a house-sized, animated mass of fungi, vines, tubers and rot. Depictions of him vary between showing him as a hulking, beast-like quadruped composed of rotting vegetable matter or as a flying mass of wooden claws, fangs and horns dotted with bulbous fungal "eyes" and gnarled branches, but always shrouded in miasma and swarming vermin. He used to be a qlippoth, an ancient race of fiendish Eldritch Abominations that ruled the Abyss before demons arose, before he became a demon, and thus lacks any resemblance to mortal forms or sanity in his appearance. His realm, Jeharlu, is a planet-sized mass of living fungus that feeds parasitically on any world or plane it is able to contact, corrupting them and absorbing them into itself.
    • Zygominds are titanic fungal entities with devastating Psychic Powers that wander the depths of space. Upon finding an inhabited planet, a zygomind traps entire communities in a mental Lotus-Eater Machine, transforming their bodies into undead servants as they die of deprivation. Perversely, they're mindless Non-Malicious Monsters who are just instinctively seeking nutrients.
    • One of Paizo's original contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos, the Great Old One Xhamen-Dor, is a fungoid mass vaguely resembling a rotting reptile corpse. It's also a Planetary Parasite that spreads itself through a world and its inhabitants, and when the infestation is complete, brings the world through to be absorbed by the alien city of Carcosa, the abode of both it and its master, Hastur the Unspeakable.

    • The Morbuzakh was a giant plant monster that terrorized the island of Metru Nui with its tendrils until the Toa Metru destroyed its root. It had a predecessor that was named Karzahni.
    • The Element Lord of Jungle fits into this category, as his mindset is more tied to Nature Is Not Nice than any other train of thought.

    Video Games 
  • Alraune, Whisperer of Dementia (changed to "Whisperer of Insanity" in her One-Winged Angel form) from Bayonetta 2 was once a woman who took her own life by dousing her body in mandrake poison as revenge against the husband who left her. She was reborn as an Infernal Demon in Inferno, her physiology like a Plant Person with a rose motif and uses her claws as weapons. Ironically, she has a grudge against Madama Butterfly, the demon who Bayonetta is contracted to.
  • Blasphemous, the troubles with the fanatically religious land of Cvstodia began when the High Pontiff transformed into a burning tree whose ashes swallowed up a majority of the church leaders and transformed them into monsters, thus ushering in the Age of Corruption. From there on, abominations involving trees are a recurring thing in the game.
  • Dark Souls:
    • The Bed of Chaos from Dark Souls is a massive demon that was once the Witch of Izalith, one of the Lords and a god to the humans of Anor Londo who, in an attempt to recreate the First Flame and prolong the Age of Fire, accidentally created the Chaos Flame, turning everyone in Izalith into chaos demons. It takes the form of a massive tree-like monstrosity whose roots can be found all across Izalith, with the chaos flame sitting atop it.
    • The Curse-rotted Greatwood from Dark Souls III. Curses in the Dark Souls universe cannot be broken, one can only get rid of them by passing them on to someone or something else. Some genius in the Undead Settlement decided to designate a giant tree as a curse dump for the entire town, and the massive amount of curses put into the thing caused it to mutate into a giant monster that you have to hit in the groin a lot.
    • The Birch Women of Dark Souls III's Painted World of Ariandel are humanoid trees resembling women which either shoot fireballs from their branches or breathe freezing breath. Except for one, which thrashes about trying to maul you with its branches while howling like a lunatic, for absolutely no explained reason.
  • The Old One, the Big Bad of Demon's Souls, looks like a massive bramble of trees and tree limbs.
  • Devil May Cry 5: the Qliphoth is a massive, very tall demonic tree that sustains itself in both human and demonic blood through its roots. Once in thousand years, the tree can bear a fruit; any demon who eat it would gain enough power to rule the demon world. The Big Bad, Urizen, attempts to grow this tree through Red Grave City, causing it to kill many people, and he partially merges himself with it to sustain himself with the tree's power, waiting for it to bear its fruit.
  • One of the Source-powered skills in Divinity: Original Sin II lets you summon a Hungry Flower: a monstrous plant the size of tool shed that has a mean bite for any enemy nearby and poison spit for everyone else. Its only limitation is, naturally, the inability to move.
  • Drakengard 3 has the parasitic Flower growing out of Zero's eye. It doesn't look like much, but it allows her to regenerate from lethal injuries by sprouting a whole new body in a brutal, bloody fashion. It's also what spawned the other Intoners who Zero is trying to kill, helped make Drakengard's Crapsack World even worse through its song's corrupting influence, and is the nascent form of a Grotesquerie Queen that will destroy the world unless stopped. In the final battle, the Flower grows to gargantuan size and sprouts colossal facimiles of the Intoners to defend itself from Mikhail's counter-song.
  • Fate/Grand Order: The Fantasy Trees are of an alien origin, given to the Crypters by the "Alien God" for their mission to "rewrite" the world, and are what prevent the Lostbelts from being purged by the World's will due to them being aberrations from the proper history. The trees' height reach to the skies, a fully-grown one has rolling imagery of space and stars mashed with their silver barks as a literal microcosm of a galaxy, and when they first manifested they violently grew their roots to impale people, and cover the earth, causing mass extinction of humanity over three months. They're also nigh indestructible.
  • The Elder Scrolls: It is said that the Hist, the trees that the Argonians revere, were the original inhabitants of Tamriel, and that they were originally from one of the 12 "Worlds of Creation" that were shattered by Padomay and then coalesced by Anu to create Nirn. They are said to possess "unfathomable" knowledge from the earliest eras of creation, a form of omniscience and foresight into future events, and are able to mentally influence and physically alter beings who drink their sap. They are believed to be utterly alien and utterly incomprehensible, even for those who have achieved CHIM (essentially, a state of awake lucid dreaming that can alter reality along with a full understanding of the workings of the universe), something which can't even be said about the likes of the Daedric Princes.
  • Final Fantasy IX:
    • Soulcage the Eldritch Abomination in charge of the Iifa Tree takes the form of a tree sprouting roots that act as arms and has a skull-like face. The very Iifa Tree could count as well — a truly gigantic tree that controls the flow of souls between Gaia and Terra — but it acts mostly as an Eldritch Location.
    • The same place contains enemies called Stropers which have a tree-like shape but are made from stone rather than plant materials.
  • Final Fantasy XII: Though Malboros are a staple of the "Final Fantasy" series (and more or less odd-looking, but natural beasts in each), there are two variants in this entry that have especially strange abilities - if the flavor text is anything to go by. The Malboro King variant wears a crown that supposedly transforms anyone who puts it on into a Malboro King, and the Cassie variant is said to have been sprouted by accident from a physiologist in ages past.
  • In the Heart of Thorns expansion of Guild Wars 2, the Elder Dragon Mordremoth is made out of plants. He can control thorny vines and grow mobile plants out of corpses; the entire Maguuma Jungle is controlled by his minions. All the Elder Dragons are Eldritch Abominations, destructive forces made of pure magic that have slept for thousands of years, and Mordremoth is no exception. Like many eldritch abominations, he can also control the minds and enter the dreams of weak-willed Sylvari.
  • The Flood from Halo, despite resembling a zombie apocalypse at first blush, are surprisingly fungal in how they grow and spread, and the Gravemind even resembles a giant flower made of flesh. Their Cosmic Horror Story origins as revealed in The Forerunner Saga adds to the "abomination" side of things.
  • Two boss monsters of House of the Dead are plant-zombies. The Sun of House of the Dead 3 is a massive tree with vine tendrils, human faces in its trunk, and flowers that bud into Xenomorph-esque heads. The Moon of House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn is a giant humanoid tree that can absorb more zombies to make itself bigger— and mobile.
  • In Infinite Crisis, Atomic Poison Ivy is a cross between this and Humanoid Abomination, with a plant bottom half and a human top half.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: Many of the Forces of Nature's mooks are this, such as the tree-like Urgles and the thorny Jitterthugs. Apparently, they're all made of natural materials, justifying their appearances.
  • A few of the Heartless and Unversed from Kingdom Hearts take the form of plants. Most prominent are the Creeper Plant and its variants across multiple games, the Leechgrave, the Cursed Coach, and the Grim Guardianess.
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe: The giant flower plant Dreamstalk isn't really an abomination until Queen Sectonia merges with it, after which the plant grows out of control and starts sucking the life out of not just the Floating Continent Floralia but also the Planet Popstar. Merging with the plant also gives Sectonia immense powers, as well, as seen in her boss fight.
  • The Thorian from Mass Effect is a massive plant that fills many Starfish Aliens and Eldritch Abomination criteria. It's incredibly old, it looks like Cthulhu, and it can Mind Control people, which requires unbelievable mental strength to resist. Oh and there's also the God-complex. It's fairly benevolent though, by Eldritch Abomination standards. It protects its slaves like a craftsman protects his tools and when it doesn't have need of them they're free to pantomime a normal existence.
    • Adding to it's strangeness in the setting, it is a form of sentient life that had essentially been able to ignore the Reapers through an incredibly long hibernation cycle. It had clear memories of past cycles, which made it a target for Saren.
  • Moons Of Madness, being set within the universe of The Secret World (see below), also feature the Filth. Notably, Dr. Inna Volkova is corrupted by it into becoming a rather hostile human-tree hybrid of some sort that the protagonist deliberately says is no longer human.
  • The Plant Abomination from the Facebook game Phantom Chronicles is a grotesque creature that resembles a cross between a pair of webbed hands, a human body and a hagfish, capable of growing even more hands in its evolved form Hellish Plant Abomination.
  • Pokémon:
    • Xurkitree resembles power cables that sometimes take the form of a tree.
    • Celesteela and Kartana are plant-based monsters. (Celesteela is based on bamboo and grows like a plant in the ground, while Kartana is made of paper and is implied to grow off the trees in the Ultra Forest introduced in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon)
  • A number of these pop up in the Resident Evil series, as the various viruses tend to be able to mutate plants as badly as animals. Most well known is the deadly Plant 42, the penultimate boss of The Residence that appears as a massive bulb surrounded by prehensile blood-sucking vines, while the sequel introduces the less deadly (but more mobile) Plant 43s. Later games introduced the Veronica and Dorothy plants, both serving as bosses to their respective chapters.
  • Remnant: From the Ashes: The Root is an interdimensional plant-like Eldritch Abomination that invades and conquers worlds, and can manifest a demonic tree-like Alien Kudzu. Some beings manifested from it, such as the Ent, are examples themselves, with the Ent in particular being a wooden Cthulhu.
  • The Secret World: The Filth is a rather hostile form of Alien Kudzu deliberately connected to the Dreamers.
  • The Divine Dragon from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a giant, holy being that lives within the Divine Realm. It hailed from a realm west of Japan (likely either China or Korea) and took root in what would eventually be the location of the Fountainhead Palace. It holds a strong connection to the Everblossom, a cherry tree in permanent bloom, with the Dragon itself looking rather like a giant branch growing out of a tree. It is also missing an arm, implied to have been the result of a branch from the tree being removed. It is also accompanied by the Old Dragons of the Tree, an army of smaller tree-like dragons that appear to be suffering from illness, perhaps as a direct result of the branch being severed. It is also indicated that the Divine Dragon is the source of the Dragon's Heritage that Wolf and his master Kuro possess, thus making it also responsible for the Dragonrot that has plagued Ashina from time to time.
  • The Sepulcher from Silent Hill: Homecoming is the manifestation of Sam Bartlett's guilt over murdering his son Joey Bartlett via live burial. Sepulcher appears as a gigantic cross between a corpse and a monstrous tree. His whole body hangs from the ceiling, and his bloated underside resembles a destroyed trunk of a tree, with bits of bodies hanging out of it. His "trunk" is connected by hooks to several bodies that are wrapped in cocoon-like sacks of flesh. He supports himself with his long arms and large hands, he only has three fingers with four fingernails, which he also uses to attack. His face is dominated by a root-like, fleshy tumor. When he is dismounted from the ceiling, he will crawl on his arms and drag the rest of his body behind him. The skin on his arms are stretched thin, reminiscent of a decomposing corpse. The oozing growth over his mouth could also represent Joey's suffocation while buried alive, the tumor-like growth also bears a resemblance to Amnion's umbilical cord.
  • The Sims 4, of all games, introduces one of these in the StrangerVille expansion. Upon moving to StrangerVille, you will immediately notice that there are some very strange glowing flowers all over town, as well as a number of sims who behave in a possessed manner, talking about becoming one with "the Mother" when your sim tries to talk to them. These are the result of spores released by a giant plant creature that lives in the depths of the secret government lab outside of town. Defeating it requires large quantities of herbicide and the vaccine you created to cure the possessed sims.
  • Touhou has the thousand-year-old Saigyou Ayakashi. It was once a particularly beautiful cherry tree, but after a famous poet decided to spend his last moments admiring its Cherry Blossoms, enough people imitated him that the tree became a Youkai able to beguile people into relaxing beneath its branches, draining their lives away and feeding upon their blood. It was eventually rendered dormant with a magical seal powered by one of the bodies beneath it, and the tree was sent to the Netherworld, to the garden of its ghostly ruler, Yuyuko Saigyouji. The plot of Perfect Cherry Blossom kicks off when Yuyuko decides it would be nice to resurrect the person sealing the Saigyou Ayakashi so the famous cherry tree can bloom again. She had forgotten that she was the one buried under the tree...
  • Undertale: At the end of the Neutral route, Flowey the Flower gains the power of the human souls and becomes an enormous, omnipotent beast called Omega Flowey/Photoshop Flowey. This form combines plantlike features with machine parts, and makes some disturbing use of Medium Blending.
  • World of Warcraft: Draenor was originally dominated by sporemounds, immense plant elementals which would consume anything not part of themselves. They eventually grew so powerful that they actually fused all plantlife on Draenor into one hivemind, the Evergrowth. Left to its own devices the Evergrowth would have grown out of control and consumed all of the planet's resources before starving, leaving Draenor lifeless. The Titan Aggramar's breakers managed to shatter it and the last sporemound was later destroyed by the Apexis, but from the corpses of the Evergrowth came the Botani and Primals. They seek to either consume all non-plant life or convert it into slaves via spore infestation. The Zangar Sea is another product of the sporemounds, being an entire fungal biome born from the corpse of the sporemound Zangar which actively seeks to infest the land.

    Visual Novels 
  • In the Nasuverse, the Forest of Einnashe. It began as a blood-drinking tree who Took a Level in Badass by drinking from Einnashe's body after Arcueid had killed him, back in the middle ages, and now manifests every fifty years to sate its voracious hunger. By the time of the present day, even the monster-slayers of the Church have unofficially given up trying to kill this thing, and not from lack of trying.

    Web Comics 
  • "Captain Botanical" in Sluggy Freelance chapter 66 is a plant demon that creates twisted plant zombies. It appears as a giant humanoid made up of plant stuff, with a flower for a head.

    Web Original 
  • Many of the plant-based SCPs captured by the SCP Foundation can qualify as this.
    • SCP 417 is an anomalous species of African baobab tree that grows fruit that are filled with a rather aggressive species of biting insects with venom that varies in severeness from person to person.
    • SCP-2517 is a memetic entity that manifests in the form of a recurring childhood memory of the non-existent theme-park known as "Cragglewood Park", with many of the characters associated with the park being a variety of Anthropomorphic trees of differing species. It's not a memetic entity. The park is real and it abducts children, seemingly erasing them completely from reality and very likely integrating them into itself.
    • SCP-097-01 is a giant pumpkin at the centre of an abandoned fairground. The pumpkin patch surrounding it is full of various anomalous species of pumpkins with human-like blood. It makes children sleepwalk to the fairground, then eats them.
  • The Slender Man Mythos: Given his strange appearance and his habit of appearing in forests, the Slender Man is sometimes implied to be some kind of plant creature — either a forest that evolved sentience and created an avatar to hunt humans, or something born from the ghosts of criminals who were executed by hanging them from trees.

    Western Animation 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012):
    • Creepweed from "The Creeping Doom" is a gestalt entity born from the merging of the Creep, a Jason Vorhees/Swamp Thing Plant Person, and the Son of Snakeweed, a clone of the plant mutant Snake Weed. It is a massive entity with the same healing-factor as its components, emitting a strong sleeping-gas and trapping human beings with the intent of eating them.
    • Fungus Humungous from the episode of the same name (and not the trope of the same name) was a giant mutant mushroom lurking within New York City's sewers, thriving and spreading itself and its army of Mushroom Men within its dank, dark corridors. It was able to grow stronger and larger by feeding on the fear of others, doing so by using its hallucinogenic spores to cause those exposed to it to experience their greatest fears (Casey with rats, April with bats, Raphael and cockroaches, etc.).
  • In one episode of VeggieTales, a massive "rumor weed" (having been bestowed sentience when a potted plant landed on an electrical wire) gradually grows larger until it grows over an entire building.
  • Ben 10: The Mycelium is a massive creature (no doubt of alien origin) that hid beneath Camp Opinicon and had command over a savage race of Mushroom Men. Because fiction likes to portray fungi and plants to be similar, Ben was able to telepathically communicate with it as Wildvine.
  • In Ben 10: Alien Force, the Highbreed failsafe is a towering monster composed of a mix of plants, trees, soil, and organic matter. It was created from several Brainwashed and Crazy humans merging in a special cocoon and turned into its components, including 'antibody' like beings that serve as an immune system, or in Grandpa Max's case the thing's 'brain'.
  • Undergrowth from Danny Phantom is a giant ghost plant who ends up covering the entirety of Amity Park in his vines and controlling the minds of the people out of revenge for humanity's destructive attitude towards nature.
  • The Darkwing Duck villain Bushroot is a Plant Person, but his stock in trade is turning ordinary plants into monstrosities.
  • Samurai Jack: Though Aku is normally characterized as being a creature of dark alien essence, there's a lot of wood and tree motifs to him. When he was a non-sentient pile of goo he attacked with sharp tree-like spikes. His horns resemble branches, his essence twists and deforms itself into an evil-looking tree when the Emperor seals him away, his joints creak like wood, and during his confrontation with the Scotsman, he even calls Aku a tree-demon.

Smell its flowers and Go Mad from the Revelation!


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Alternative Title(s): Fungal Abomination


Grim Guardianess

After Rapunzel's hair is cut and Mother Gothel falls to her death, Marluxia turns what is left of her into the Grim Guardianess, a killer tree Heartless that can summon ensnaring flowers and root barriers, shed explosive seeds and sneezing pollen and can vomit killer black birds.

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