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Basic Trope: A creature or object is made of, resembles, or has distorted or traumatically injured anatomy.

  • Straight: A Humanoid Abomination has several extra deformed limbs and its facial features are twisted and vaguely animalistic. It uses tumorous Organic Technology.
  • Exaggerated: An Eldritch Abomination appears to be made of a tangle of human organs and eyes, and is terraforming the area around it to resemble its homeland, the Bloody Bowels of Hell.
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  • Downplayed: A beautiful Human Alien has a disfiguring scar, and the architecture of her Living Ship resembles organic forms and anatomy just enough to be mildly unsettling.
  • Justified: A creature or object is actually made from crudely assembled body parts.
  • Inverted: Though a creature or object is made of or resembles anatomy, it looks extremely natural and beautiful.
    • Angels look like collections of platonic solids and thus look shockingly not only inorganic but not even robotic.
  • Subverted: A creature cloaked in shadow at first appears to be a tangle of limbs, but when it steps out of the shadows it is actually one normal human sitting on another's shoulders.
  • Double Subverted: At which point it unzips the Genuine Human Hide Person Suit and attacks.
  • Parodied: The horrific disfigurement is a bad case of acne.
  • Zig Zagged: Some zombies are fresh with few to no signs of rot. Others are missing limbs and dragging trails of intestines behind them.
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  • Averted: The starfish aliens don't remotely resemble earth anatomy.
  • Enforced: "Fans loved the dangling eye zombie last season; lets do more of those."
  • Lampshaded: "Why do eldritch abominations always look like a serial killer's compost pile? You'd thing at least once in a while one would go with something original, like a talking fire hydrant or something..."
  • Invoked:
    • A sorcerer deliberately transforms Alice into a horrifyingly twisted shape to scare off anyone who might try to help a talking bunny or frog.
    • Lovecraftian Superpower
  • Exploited: Alice discovers that having three arms, scales, eyes on stalks, a Prehensile Tail, and the ability to make an ogre cry by making a funny face is actually rather useful for an adventuress, once you find a nice bulky hooded robe for trips into town.
  • Defied: A mad scientist takes care to make his cyborg minions look aesthetically pleasing and keep them in good repair, studying the latest trends in jewelry design and plastic surgery.
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  • Conversed: Alice and Bob discuss whether something having too many eyes is scarier than if it has too many limbs.
  • Implied: The virus victim is never fully shown on screen/described, but the character's reactions and the fragments we do see suggest they have been twisted into a horrifying form.
  • Deconstructed: The eldritch abomination which resembles a mass of limbs and organs can barely move or sense its surroundings. After flailing around for a while, it eventually dies from massive infection due to its exposed organs.
  • Reconstructed: The next one, learning from its moronic partner's mistakes, takes the time to plan out a mortal-brain-shattering form with an efficiently designed skeleton and metabolism, with usefully placed limbs and sensory organs, before manifesting on the mortal plane
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  • Played For Drama: A character is horribly disfigured, leaving them ashamed and isolated from humanity.

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