Flowers are well-loved for their colorful petals and wonderful smells. Anthropomorphic smiling flowers are commonly seen in Sugar Bowl worlds and other media that Tastes Like Diabetes. As with things such as circuses or Santa Claus, some creators like to subvert this positive portrayal and make it a downright evil character.
Foul Flowers are commonly portrayed as seemingly cute. Though their green, slender stems might look a little sinister, their smiling faces and vibrant petals may be deceptive, allowing them to commit all sorts of horrible acts. They may have cutesy names to go along with their innocent appearances. They are usually found in a Crapsaccharine World, and may instigate a Sugar Apocalypse if they destroy their happy land. Green Thumb is a common power used by them.
This negative portrayal may stem (no pun intended!) from the fact that a few flowers really do have some negative connotations. For example, Rafflesia arnoldii are known for their corpse-like smell, and Cherry Blossoms are used for connotations of death, due to not lasting very long, which reminds people of their own mortality. Additionally other species of flowers contain poison which can permanently put an end to a hiking trip, especially if they were mistaken for similar looking but harmless variants. To an individual suffering from medical conditions such as allergies or asthma, even the otherwise harmless spores emitted en-masse are the cause of much suffering;
Fictional plants especially seem to be designed to inflict maximum harm. In addition to the popular poison trait, the aforementioned spores may be deliberately weaponized in fiction to infect hosts. Less subtle plants may sport thorns or possessing razor sharp leaves or petals.
Compare Man-Eating Plant, When Trees Attack and Botanical Abomination, other villainous plants which are usually portrayed as more Obviously Evil than a Foul Flower. There may be some overlap, though.
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya!: In "The Flower Plot", Whispy Woods has the fortune of having a flower grow right in front of him, which he names Lovely. However, King Dedede transforms Lovely into a monster. Like in the video games, Lovely deceives others with her adorable face. Unlike the games, she goes One-Winged Angel and tries to suck the life out of Whispy.
- Osomatsu-san: In one episode, Chibita waters a withering flower on the roadside, and it comes back as a pretty girl encouraging him to overcome his slump. Karamatsu tries the same thing, and he gets a Gonk Fat Bastard woman who basically enslaves him. The end of the episode shows Karamatsu's flower to be a giant man-eating plant.
- Sonic X: While most of the villainous Metarex are named after trees, there is one named Black Narcissus. He is one of the most cruel Metarex, willing to hurt Chris, and, as his name indicates, very self-absorbed.
- Variable Geo: The Big Bad Miranda's surname, "Jahana," literally means "evil flower," which is used as a plot point during a flashback to her daughter's childhood. In which, Miranda had a seed surgically implanted in Reimi's body. Years later, just as Reimi had been about to defeat Satomi, Miranda cheats her out of her victory by activating the seed, causing it to sprout into a vine covered in white roses. The vine rapidly drains Reimi of all her power, leaving her unable to fight.
- Sailor Moon R: The Movie has the Xenian Flower, a tiny flower-woman which manipulates to Fiore before revealing herself as a planet-destroying menace in its own right.
- Rosygury of Noonbory and the Super 7 is a flower-themed villain. She looks sweet on the outside, but she's really nasty and selfish, and uses flowers and other plants (usually vines) to mess with the borys.
- Spider-Man villain The Rose is a crime boss. Although he doesn't use flowers in his costume or weaponry, he is shown to have a fondness for flowers, and wears lilac-colored clothing.
- In Chapter 9 of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Misty almost dies thanks to accidentally bumping into a Vileplume, which is a lethally toxic flower Pokemon. She gets covered in spores that cause seizures and tissue rot, and is only barely saved from dying a horrible death. Unsurprisingly, she's deathly afraid of Vileplume after this incident.
- Jumanji: Some of the things conjured by the magic board game are beautiful purple flowers that shoot poisonous darts, and large yellow ones that try to eat people. Peter narrowly escapes death by the latter, but Judy might not have been so lucky regarding the former.
- The Lord of the Rings: The simultaneously beautiful and nightmarish luminous flowers in Morgul Vale. Prolonged exposure drives the victim mad.
- Nightside: John Taylor once got sidetracked into an Alternate Universe where all the plant life is like this, and escaped by holding a carnivorous rose hostage. He later hands the rose to a guard he needs to distract, which proves very effective.
- Warrior Cats: As far as the Sisters are concerned, meadow saffron is this, and they're surprised to find it growing on Clan territory. It's not without good reason, though, as it is toxic, and EXTREMELY so to cats.
- Batman (1966) villain Louie the Lilac made use of mutant plants (including a carnivorous lilac bush) and gave his henchmen flower-themed names.
- Ultra Series: When plant kaiju appear, they're usually flower-based.
- Ultra Q: Juran the Mammoth Flower is simply a really gigantic flower, except that when it sprouts in the middle of Tokyo, it begins contaminating the air with its poison pollen and attacking people with its bloodsucking vines.
- Ultraman: The malformed mutant Greenmons is the result of curious scientists experimenting with the Miroganda Flower — a rare but beautiful bloom that begins life as a hideous carnivorous plant.
- Ultraman Taro: Ultraman's first foe Astromons is a reptilian monster with a massive rose on its torso that can consume other kaiju whole, as it does to the sea beast Oil Drinker when it first appears.
- Ultraman Tiga: Gijera is a flower-like Eldritch Abomination that only blossoms when Gatanozoa's arrival is near. It produces an addicting pollen that puts humans in a state of hypnotic bliss, making them fight each other over the pollen, oblivious to the upcoming apocalypse.
- Ultraman Dyna: The Sequel Series have Jagira, a tree-like alien covered in flowers that sprays mind-controlling pollen and seeks to drain the life force of Earth's inhabitants.
- Ultraman Nexus: Rafleya is a bipedal creature with a flower-like face that sprays a searing pollen which disintegrates victims.
- In Advance Wars: Days of Ruin the signature symptoms of the deadly Creeper Virus are the flowers that sprout out from the victim's flesh. Initially it seems to only affect children, but later on in the story, an advanced strain is unleashed, one that affects adults. Panic quickly ensues and part of the plot revolves around finding a cure.
- Cuphead: Cagney Carnation, one of the bosses, is a giant flower. When Cuphead and Mugman encounter him, Cagney gives them an innocent smile, but quickly switches to a wicked Slasher Smile just before attacking the brothers with plant-based minions and an arsenal of seeds (and fuzzies that can make you dizzy if they hit you in the patched version). Also, the accompanying platforming section has sunflower-like monsters that parachute from the sky.
- Dead by Daylight has an Obviously Evil variety in the Pustula flowers◊, complete with creepily twitching Spikes of Villainy and sap that can be used to create Psycho Serum.
- Five Nights at Freddy's World: In the minigame "Chica's Magic Rainbow", there are tall sunflowers that shoot out their petals at Chica, creating a Bullet Hell as she must dodge each one, due to being a One-Hit-Point Wonder. The fact that the titular Rainbow is a condescending prick who likes insulting you at every chance she gets doesn't help much, either.
- In Grim Fandango, the only way to kill those who have already died is called "sprouting", which involves shooting them with a special brand of bullet that causes flowers to rapidly grow from within their bodies. Flowers thus come to symbolize death within the Land of the Dead. Hector LeMans, the Big Bad, has a greenhouse in a meadow of flowers, each symbolizing a life he's taken, which means this normally beautiful meadow is essentially a mountain of corpses.
- In Horatio The Third Senior Manjensen With Knuckles, the first enemies encountered in-game are anthropomorphic flowers with scary faces. Even the signpost that introduces them notes how freaky they look.
- Ib: One of the exhibits, "Stubborn Twins", is a pair of living rose sculptures found in the Orange Area of the Bonus Dungeon. If Ib tries to walk past the roses without putting them to sleep first, they will snatch her with their vines and munch on her until she loses all her rose petals, resulting in a Game Over.
- Kingdom Hearts: Organization XIII's Marluxia, the main antagonist of Chain of Memories. As 358/2 Days puts it, "In the arc of his scythe, flowers grow and all else perishes."
- King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow: The talking vine on the Isle of Wonder is cute but lethal and strangles Alexander if he comes too close.
- One common enemy is a smiling flower called Lovely. It waits for Kirby to get close, then grabs him inside its petals, biting him and causing him to take damage until you button mash to escape.
- In Kirby Super Star Ultra's "Revenge of the King" mode, Lovelies are replaced by creepy-looking roses called Roselies who are just as dangerous and have higher HP.
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe takes place in a flower-themed country and the first and last boss fit this theme:
- The first boss is Flowery Woods, a colorful flower-themed version of recurring boss Whispy Woods.
- For the final boss, Queen Sectonia possesses the Dreamstalk and transforms into a giant Eldritch Abomination flower.
- Klonoa has faced two flower bosses in his games, both of which are also Monster Clowns:
- Lunatea's Veil features a boss called Leptio the Flower Clown, a flower-themed Monster Clown who hides inside a thorny wheel to try and run over Klonoa.
- In Klonoa Heroes, Klonoa and his friends battle Joka—or so it seems. In the last phase of the battle, Joka turns out to be just a clone, who transforms into a floating, fireball-shooting beast called Flower Joka.
- In League of Legends, the Mad Artist Khada Jhin uses this as a motif: his traps are designed like lotuses, he often refers to himself as a flower that blooms among carnage, the victims his Depleted Phlebotinum Shells hit end up with flowers sprouting out of them (in the cinematics, anyway), and a pair of his victims in the Marvel Zed comics get their faces carved into flower shapes.
- Mega Man 6: One of the bosses, Plant Man, is a flower-themed Robot Master with its main ability "Plant Barrier" to manipulate flowers to protect himself.
- Mega Man X5: Spike Rosered is one of the rogue Reploids called "Mavericks" that you have to fight, and he can manipulate rose vines and petals to attack you.
- Mega Man Battle Network 3: White and Blue: The Net Navi version of Plant Man is affiliated with the dangerous Netcrime organization WWW, and is callous enough to threaten the lives of patients in a hospital, a sickly young boy included, all in the name of helping Wily achieve his dream of destroying Net Society.
- Metroid Prime has Flaahgra, a poisonous plant dwelling in the Chozo Ruins. While it is alive, the water in the ruins is toxic and corrosive. It relies on four discs that reflect sunlight to sustain itself.
- Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth: The fourth movie does this at its deepest level. While most of the dungeon is a disturbingly colorful Crapsaccharine World with everything smiling, the deepest level suddenly takes a turn and reveals flowers with blank, hollow eye sockets tearing blood and making a hollow grin. And there are much more disturbing implications behind this; The entire Labyrinth is actually Hikari's repressed memories taking the form of a biopic and a musical invoked by Doe, which means that the flowers are actually her mindset; That's how she sees her life as thanks to the emotional abuse chain that she experienced in her childhood along with her self-destructive paranoia that her father was against her.
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2: The Zombie missions contain three flower bosses: the Sunflower Queen, who looks quite sinister with her pointy petals and glowing eyes, Marigold, which appears as a more minor enemy in other levels, but appears as a boss once to prevent the player from obtaining an important scroll, and the Final Boss, the Royal Hypno-Flower, which looks decidedly less threatening despite its size, but is nonetheless more dangerous than the other two.
- Shin Megami Tensei: One of the demons, Jezebel, looks like a mutation between a woman and a flower. In her debut game Devil Survivor, she possessed one of the character's mind and is fought in the middle of a lava lake.
- Machine Hunter: The swamp level has acid-spitting flowers that attacks the moment you're in range.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Although Piranha Plants are modeled after Venus flytraps, there are some, such as recurring boss Petey Piranha, that have a mane of petals, giving them a more flower-like appearance.
- Super Paper Mario: The Floro Sapiens are a race of sapient walking flowers who brainwash and enslave the caveman-like Cragnons, Subverted when it's revealed that they only turned evil because the Cragnons polluted their water. Once the problem is solved, every Floro makes a HeelFace Turn.
- Paper Mario:
- Crazee Dayzees are cute flower enemies that attack by singing and are also prone to running. There's also a Metal Slime variant known as Amazy Dayzees who not only have massive HP and give gobs of experience when defeated, but also have the highest single attack stat in the game (clocking in at 20 in a game where your maximum HP is unlikely to exceed 50).
- Paper Mario 64: Tolielip, an extremely minor character, is a resident of Flower Fields. He's actually quite knowledgeable about the secrets of Flower Fields, but as his name suggests, he tells the opposite clues.
- Touhou Project: Yuuka Kazami is a flower youkai... and one of the oldest and most powerful beings you can find in a setting that includes Physical Gods and Reality Warpers. In the past she expressed the sentiment that she just considers genocide to be a game, and the official Universe Compendium goes to great lengths to reinforce her position as The Dreaded, smacking her with a Threat Level of "Extremely High," which is typically reserved for Persons Of Mass Destruction, and a Human Friendship Level of "Worst," which is, as it implies, a Friendship Level that only Yuuka is bad enough to deserve. Fandom has nicknamed her the "Ultimate Sadistic Creature" and likes to show her inflicting Disproportionate Retribution on people who disturb her sunflower field.
- Ultimate Chicken Horse has a happy-looking potted flower in the "Sciencey Stuff" category. It punches players who pass near it, killing them instantly.
- Undertale: Flowey the Flower is a malevolent Faux Affably Evil yellow flower who teaches the protagonist that "in this world, it's kill or be killed", and would have killed them if Toriel hadn't intervened. At the end, it is revealed that Flowey is actually the essence of Prince Asriel that was absorbed by a golden flower, and lacks empathy and love due to the loss of his SOUL. The neutral ending pushes the Nightmare Fuel Up to Eleven by turning him into a Botanical Abomination.
- Wario: Master of Disguise has a boss called Kabloom, a giant flower that steals a piece of the Dismantled MacGuffin. It starts out with an innocent face, complete with Cat Smile, but when it is damaged, it gains a much scarier face.
- Bloomsday from Wario Land: Shake It! is a dark, menacing flower who serves as the fourth boss. It uses a variety of powers, from Blow You Away to Green Thumb, to try and kill Wario. It's also colored drab shades of gray and red, with bright Green Eyes.
- Wiz 'n' Liz: Freaky Flower, the first boss, is an enormous flower with a disturbingly realistic human face. It bounces around and tries to crush the player.
- Yoshi's Island: Zigzagged. On one hand, there are some helpful flowers, such as the 5 flowers in each level that Yoshi can collect for bonus points. On the other hand, there are some enemies based on flowers, such as Dizzy Dandies, which pretend to be collectable flowers, then drop to the ground and start rolling at Yoshi when he gets close.
- Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 3 features, amongst some Woodland Creatures, a few talking flowers. They, along with the animals, turn out to be part of a hypocritical, idol-worshipping cult.
- This◊ Drawception game starts out with Flowey and ends up with a flower plotting to murder his family. Which, coincidentally, really is part of Flowey's plan.
- One Tumblr poster noted that their mother advised them to write and draw how they feel as a way of coping with stress. So the poster drew a smiling flower - saying "I'm going to punch you in the throat◊."
- In the web cartoon Bino the Elephant, while exploring Hell, Bino comes across a flower with a face who insists that he pees on her. He refuses, but the doctor on the other side of the comunicator tells him to do it since this is a flower from hell and will probablly be key to open the Chamber of Misery. We thankfully don't see the operation, but we do get to hear from the Doctor's communicator that the flower started crawling inside Bino's urethra... and singing. It's not clear if the flower is evil or just weird, though.
- In Battle for Dream Island, Flower was a far-from-charming charming century flower, which resulted in her being the first and last contestant eliminated. She has softened up as of BFB, however.
- Mopemope is an animated video that looks as if it's made for toddlers, with bright colorful visuals and happy smiling flowers...that soon turn into Eldritch Abominations with flailing arms for petals and widely smiling mouths full of teeth.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball, Leslie is a literal living potted plant (which is not the strangest thing in this world). The trope is zigzagged and mostly Depending on the Writer: sometimes he's a straight up Nice Guy, sometimes envious and manipulating (like in "The Triangle" in which he tries to sabotage Darwin's performance), and other times it is subverted (like in "The Flower" which is about Gumball being jealous at him for stealing his girlfriend Penny, not knowing that they actually are cousins).
- Family Guy:
- In "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey", the Griffins had a racist sunflower growing outside their house that told Cleveland not to come near.
- In "New Kidney in Town", Lois dumps Peter's Red Bull out the window because she wants him to stop drinking it. It lands on a flower just below the window, mutating it. It then proceeds to hijack a man's car, telling him it's "official flower business."
- My Little Pony:
- In My Little Pony 'n Friends, "Fugitive Flowers" has the Flories, who start out as cute, pretty talking flowers who beg the protagonists for help... and then reveal themselves to be the true villains of the episode, seeking to drain the ground of life to turn themselves into towering plant monsters, killing everything growing in the earth they drain as they do so.
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
We are such happy flowers
- Poison Joke, a type of blue flowers found growing in the Everfree Forest, is not evil — it's no more animated than any real flower — but is nonetheless quite dangerous. Anyone who touches it directly will be subject to a random magical transformation that will rob them of the ability to do something they value — essentially a cruel magical joke. The magic prodigy Twilight Sparkle, for instance, loses her ability to perform magic; the speedy athlete Rainbow Dash finds her wings turned backwards, robbing her of the ability to fly straight or reliably; and the talkative Pinkie Pie ends up with a tongue so swollen that she is unable to keep it in her mouth and completely unable to speak.
- Parodied in "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?", where an entity called the Tantabus turns ponies' dreams into nightmares. While the other five ponies' dreams involve cakes, dresses, books, apples, and giant bunnies, local Action Girl Rainbow Dash dreams of fighting changelings. When the Tantabus invades her dream, it changes it into a deliberately exaggerated Sugar Bowl parody filled with harmless singing flowers. For Rainbow, who enjoys action and adventure and has consistently disliked anything she perceives as "girly" or "frou-frou", this is utterly unbearable.
We will now sing for hours and hours,
Aren't we all unbearably cute?
Watch me solo on this flute!
[a flower plays flute as Rainbow Dash screams in horror]
- Steven Universe: The Slinker is a corrupted Gem that has the appearance of an eerily beautiful dark blue flower with long tendrils. It's among the strongest of the Corrupted Gems the Crystal Gems have fought and a master of stealth and ambush tactics, allowing it to destroy Amethyst's physical form numerous times in its debut episode.
- Wander over Yonder: Potted Plant looks like an ordinary potted flower, but is actually a dangerous bounty hunter. Also, it transforms into a big Man-Eating Plant, though it still retains its petals and yellow face.