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A type of fictional creature resembling a humanoid mushroom.
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Typical traits of this creature include:

  1. A mushroom-like cap at the top (usually either as the creature's head, or as a growth on top of the head).
  2. Some sort of face. Noses are not required, but most variants will at least have eyes and a mouth.
  3. The ability to walk, usually on two small feet. An alternative is to have it hopping around on its stalk.

These critters can be good or evil, and may or may not be sentient. Might work for the Big Bad as Plant Mooks. If they are competent fighters, expect them to use poison or spore-based attacks. They may or may not also live in Mushroom Houses. Also, do not confuse them with Plant People. Ever.

If you're looking for the video game that shares a similar name to this trope and is based on this premise, see Mushroom Men.


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Examples

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     Anime And Manga 

  • Daily Life with Monster Girl has Kino the matango, a Cute Monster Girl version.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, one of the first monsters Team Touden encounters is a walking mushroom. After killing it, they use it to make a hotpot along with a giant scorpion.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, during the Other World Tournament in which Goku competes with other fighters in the afterlife, there's an announcer-person-thing with a mushroom cap as the upper part of his head.
  • Kinoko Nasu of Type Moon fame depicts himself as a talking mushroom whenever he makes cameo appearance in a manga. That is because "Kinoko" means "mushroom" in Japanese.
  • In Overlord (2012), a barkeep in Nazarick is one of these.
  • In The Seven Deadly Sins, there are a variety of sentient mushroom-like creatures. One of which is capable of shrinking people with spores if frightened.
  • In Slayers the Motion Picture a hypnotist makes a minor character see mushroom guys dancing with help of some extras costumed as these.
  • The little shiitake ayakashi from Natsume's Book of Friends who befriended and went fishing with the powerful spirit Lord Shuon while he was traveling incognito and originally had no idea of just how mighty and important his new fishing buddy was.

     Card Games 

  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • The Thallids are a race of sentient, almost sapient fungus creatures. Dominaria's thallids were originally developed by the elves as a food source, but unexpectedly developed sapience, wound up spreading faster than the elves could kill them and eventually overran their creators. They also occur on other planes, where they seem to be naturally occurring beings. There are also the Sporoloths, towering fungus creatures similar to giant Thallids that came from Dominaria's far future during the Time Spiral crisis.
    • Saprolings are tiny creatures too small and weak to appear as actual cards — they usually only get tokens — that are strongly associated with Thallids in gameplay and generally represent scraps of animated plant matter. They most commonly appear as little walking mushrooms or bits of ambulatory mold, although saprolings based on actual plants and plant parts have also show up.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! card game has cards specifically named Mushroom Man #1 and #2. Sylvan Stoolhouette is based on a fly agaric mushroom, as evidenced by the red cap with white spots.

     Comic Books 

  • Morrigan Lugus from Supergod is a very nightmarish example. A three-faced giant formed from the bodies of three astronauts and a mass of alien mushrooms. The mushrooms are the driving intelligence of the entity acting as a fungal supercomputer. Everything that happens in the series, culminating in the deaths of every living thing on Earth, was planned by Morrigan Lugus (its appearance is basically what kicked off the disastrous superhuman arms race). All so that its spores would have plenty of raw dead material.
  • There is a Green Lantern called Amanita, who is basically a mushroom man.

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     Films — Animated 

     Films — Live-Action 

  • The titular monsters in the film Matango, especially with the fully-mutated Matango, who are essentially human-sized muscular mushrooms with legs and arms capable of ripping non-infected humans apart.
  • That annoying little turn-you-into-a-bear sprite in the Russo-Finnish "Jack Frost" (as seen on MST3K).
  • Galwyn, a former wizard and now a singing mushroom in the 1986 movie Troll.
  • The Lub-Lubs in Mom and Dad Save the World have eyes and what appear to be cute little smiling mouths on the top of their caps. It turns out the "mouth" is actual a blowhole - the real mouth is under the cap, and full of nasty sharp fangs.

     Literature 

  • The Cthulhu Mythos has the Mi-Go, the Fungi from Yuggoth, a species of fungus-based aliens from the depths of that have established an outpost on Pluto. In their case, they're less Mushroom Men and more Mushroom Bat-Lobster-Things.
  • In Endless Quest 6: Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons, the mushroom men. It's not clear whether they are myconids or a separate race, but some are apparently creatures that have been transformed into mushrooms while others have always been that way.
  • The mushroom people from The Marvelous Flight To The Mushroom Planet and its sequels.
  • Jeff VanderMeer's Ambergris books prominently feature gray caps, also known as Mushroom Dwellers, that live underneath the titular city. They seem to be long-necked humanoid fungus creatures, but they have developed Organic Technology to such heights that it seems like magic, and live in symbiosis with their fungus, allowing it to grow inside their bodies for various positive effects — most notably that almost all their wounds regenerate almost instantly, flesh replaced by mushroom tissue. They also wear wide-brimmed gray caps, but their function is unknown.

     Mythology and folklore 
  • In Greek mythology after Deucalion's flood, while most of humanity was restored by Deucalion and his wife, there was at least one race of people who formed from mushrooms that sprung up after the flood waters receded.

     Tabletop Games 

  • Dungeons & Dragons has myconids, which are a race of mushroom people.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Myceloids are similar to D&D's myconids, if quite a bit more sinister.
    • Leshys — small plant people magically created to serve as tenders of nature and aides to Druids, fey and Treants — include fungus leshys among their many variants. They are the most monstrous-looking leshys, with many asymmetrically-arranged eyes and gaping toothy maws, and typically haunt swamplands, compost pits and areas thick with fungal growth. They're no more evil than other leshys, however, and they watch over compost and decay, helping decompose dead and dying plant matter and recycle it back into the ecosystem. They also vary quite a bit among each other, as most leshys do, and may resemble any given type of mushroom from fly agarics to morels.
    • Nunos are a type of gremlin resembling tiny old men with pallid skin, a large mushroom cap for a head, shelf fungi sprouting from random parts of their bodies and no eyes.

     Video Games 

  • Odin Sphere: Appears in Ringford as a miniboss in Leifthrasir. It shifts between three forms. One is a tiny little mushroom with slight anthropomorphic behaviors which is fairly weak. The second is a hulking fungal giant that grows a sprawling field of poisonous mushrooms. The last is a dangerously agile and very attractive mushroom girl.
  • The Super Mario Bros. series has Toads, who resemble small humanoids with mushroom caps, though just how closely related they are to actual mushrooms Depends on the Writer. There's also the generally unfriendly Goombas, who more closely resemble mushrooms with Big Ol' Eyebrows, Cute Little Fangs, and stubby legs, and the significantly more unfriendly Shroobs from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, who are mushroom-shaped aliens somewhat analogous to Toads.
  • One of the fusions in Breath of Fire II turn Spar (an androgynous plant man) into a cute mushroom girl.
  • The black and white fungus heartless in Kingdom Hearts.
  • Several Pokémon are based on mushrooms, and of them, Breloom and especially Shiinotic are the ones humanoid enough to qualify for this trope. Shiinotic in particular resembles a traditional myconid. Foongus and Amoongus are downplayed examples in that they look like mostly ordinary mushrooms except that they have arms, and Shroomish, who evolves into Breloom, has little stumpy legs.
  • Though they don't have faces, the Ramblin' Evil Mushroom and the Struttin' Evil Mushroom from EarthBound and the Ramblin' Mushroom from MOTHER 3 are all sentient, sporting a pair of working legs and an amount of psychic powers.
  • One recurring enemy in the Kirby series is Cappy, a Bedsheet Ghost-like creature that tosses its mushroom-shaped hat up in the air in an attempt to hurt Kirby.
  • Stellaris features fungoid alien races, and individual fungoid aliens are described as sentient colonies of fungi.
  • In Katamari Damacy, one of the Prince's Second-Cousins, Kinoko, looks like a mushroom with arms and legs (no face). She even has a Bilingual Bonus name, given that "kinoko" is the Japanese word for "mushroom" that just happens to end in the -ko syllable so common to girls' names.
  • In Ragnarok Online, there are various monsters, the spore and red spore monsters, which resemble mushrooms with faces and their caps pop open to reveal a huge mouth full of teeth. players can also get a hat that resembles a mushroom cap and look like one themselves.
  • Humanoid fungi appear as monsters in both Dragon Quest and The Legend of Dragoon.
  • Funguy from Chrono Cross. He was originally a normal human, but became a humanoid fungus after eating an enchanted mushroom.
  • The Wii platformer titled Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars.
  • Dwarf Fortress has the plump helmet men (plump helmet is a fungus, one of the dwarven crops).
  • The Shrieker enemies from Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.
  • Dark Souls has a group of enemies simply named mushroom people. Humorously, they're actually very potent Killer Rabbits, capable of dishing out a ridiculous Megaton Punch that can kill most players in one shot, like so.
  • In Brain Dead 13, Lance will encounter these mushroom people in the garden maze in one death scene, and without warning, one of them will jump up so high, it will explode and spray him with its spores that can cause little mushrooms to sprout all over his body. This video explains it all.
  • The Mushy viruses in the Mega Man Battle Network series. They're among the more dangerous viruses you can run into, being very quick and possessing a difficult to avoid spore attack that messes up your controls if it connects, making it even harder to dodge or fight back.
  • 12 Tails Online has the Fungon, Funga, and Fungko. The latter two are especially dangerous due to their status effects.
  • Split Mushroom from Mega Man X4, the only Maverick boss based on fungi in the Mega Man X series, as the majority of the other Mavericks bosses are based on animals, alongside 4 bosses based on plants.
  • World of Warcraft has the denizens of Sporeggar, introduced in the Burning Crusade expansion. The race are called Sporelings, they evolved from the same Draenor fungus that the giant mushrooms in Zangarmarsh did.
  • MapleStory has quite a few nasty mushroom monsters.
  • Torchlight II has an entire series of these as enemies, ranging from tiny shrooms that swarm your characters, to enormous hulks of fungal matter that spew clouds of toxic spores and can take half your health off in one punch.
  • Dragon's Crown, being one big love letter to Dungeons & Dragons (among other things), also features myconids. And you can cook them at your campfire between levels.
  • Several video games using the Dungeons & Dragons licence contain myconids including Baldur's Gate 2, Icewind Dale and Neverwinter Nights.
  • Everquest and Everquest II, taking much influence from Dungeons & Dragons for their monsters, uses the "myconid" term for their mushroomfolk.
  • In Terraria, if you create an above-ground "mushroom" biome, it will occasionally spawn mushroom zombies, and if you build a house in the biome, then activate hardmode, the house will eventually become occupied by the Truffle, a mushroom-man NPC.
  • You may occasionally run into Agarans while playing Starbound. They initially seem harmless, but are secretly agressive and spread very quickly through the universe, as seen in the codex "The Agaran Menace". They're also known for keeping Florans hostage.
  • One of the playable races in Guild Wars 2, the Sylvari, have this as one of their character creation options.
  • Miko from Battleborn is a sentient ninja mushroom being who's the Last of Its Kind.
  • In Tap Tap Infinity, Varamond the Vicious sports a blue cap with green spots and horn-like protrusions.
  • Brave Hero Yuusha: Mycon-kids and their variations, who are ambulatory mushrooms, and the inhabitants of Myconia.
  • The Slavic black god Chernobog in Shin Megami Tensei is usually portrayed as a skull-faced, sword-wielding figure with a mushroom cap head, and numerous mushroom rising out from beneath his black cloak. As a god of destruction and darkness, the mushrooms represent decay and poison.
  • Resident Evil introduces The Molded in Resident Evil 7. However, these Mushroom people are... Different. To be more specific, they're devoid of any sight, are far too stupid to open doors, and are... bizarre.
  • The Darkest Dungeon has a body horror variant of this as an enemy group, humans who have been infected by the corrupt spores in the Weald.
  • Among the Fungoid portraits in Stellaris, most, even those with a humanoid structure, are bizarre, but one fits, being essentially a fly agaric with eyes and tendril-arms.
  • Fallen London has Blemmigans, a Carnivorous species from a giant mushroom at sea.
  • Lost smile and strange circus has Mr. Mush, a giant mushroom man of the 'mushroom cap' variety, who is also accompanied by two smaller mushroom people, one blue and one pink, who are just normal mushrooms with tiny legs.

     Webcomics 

     Web Original 

  • The Rumi creature family in Uni Creatures.
  • Roll To Dodge: Savral features a race of mushroom people known as shrumen. While they don't have a nation of their own, they tend to be common in western Harkad and Nivani. Shrumen soldiers tend to wield axes more than any other weapon.

     Western Animation 

  • In the Futurama episode "The Thief Of Baghead", Bender breaks into the home of actor Langdon Cobb and meets his Angry Guard Dog Pookie, a dog-like fungus. Pookie and Cobb are actually a quantum lichen, two creatures linked as one by a quantum link.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 4's Obi-Wan undercover arc gives us the Bounty Hunter Derrown, a member of the Parwan species. In addition to the cap-like growth on his head, he's got tentacle-like limbs, three eyes, can produce electricity and can float in the air. He can also take an electrolytic serum that would kill most creatures (doesn't apply to all Parwans, as it really depends on the blood-type).
  • Jeremy from Harvey Beaks, although his toadstool cap is removable.
  • Dr. Viper's mushroom monster assistant from the SWAT Kats episode "Katastrophe" may qualify.


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