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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"
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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. You can usually find these abominations in a Garden of Evil.

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.

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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 
  • 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.
  • 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 genetic code.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • In Mushishi, the eponymous Mushi are essentially this trope mixed with The Fair Folk. The protagonist, Ginko, describes them as being 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • 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".
  • 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 said 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Once Upon a Time (2017): Bai Qian stumbles across a tree-like monster that attacks her with its roots and branches. It takes her and Ye Hua a lot of effort to defeat it.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • "Carnivorine" (1889), by Lucy Hamilton 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.
  • 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.
    • Clark Ashton Smith's Mars-dwelling Great Old One Vulthoom, from the eponymous short story, may actually be one of these, if the hallucinogenic visions of one character can be trusted.
    • David Drake's early foray into the Mythos, Than Curse The Darkness, has Ahtu, an avatar/Mask of Nyarlathotep that manifests in the African rainforest as an enormous tree stump-like thing with crystaline tendrils that attack everything in a huge "Instant Death" Radius to feed its ravenous maws. And yet, it turns out to probably be the lesser evil when compared to the man-made atrocities of the Congo Free State...
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

    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 "Lemon Scented You", 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.
  • The Avengers (1960s): In "Man-Eater of Surrey Green", a Man-Eating Plant from outer space lands in Middle England and takes several top horticulturists as its prisoners in an effort to germinate and spread across all of the Earth.
  • 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.
  • Doctor Who has the Krynoids from "The Seeds of Doom", 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. Left unchecked, they will continue to grew and take over all of the plant life on a planet.
  • 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.

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    Mythology 
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • Various plant-type monsters from Yu-Gi-Oh! — like the "Predaplant", "Rose" and "Sylvan" archetypes — fall under the category of "abomination."

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE:
    • 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.

    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 
  • The music video for "MopeMope" by LeaF and Optie starts off with some innocent-looking cartoon flowers...that soon transform into these things that have human hands for petals and human mouths in the center.
  • 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.
  • Gemini Home Entertainment: Nature's Mockery, one of the recurring otherworldly entities in the setting, is categorized as a plant, anyway, in the Wilderness Survival Guide episode.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • The New Adventures of Superman: Although starting off as a Plant Person, the eponymous character in "The Tree Man of Arbora" turns into one as it grows to gigantic proportions as it consumes water.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "The Plant From Bortron 7", Jet grows a Bortronian plant under the light of the Earth's sun. However, it becomes a huge, Godzilla-esque plant that rampages the town.
  • When we (briefly) see the Beast's true body in Over the Garden Wall, it appears to be an amalgamation of Edelwood trees. And because Edelwood is people, you could in one sense consider him a Flesh Golem.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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