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These are works that have made a Shout-Out to Cthulhu Mythos in some form or another.

General Shout Outs

  • Digimon Adventure 02 had the episode "The Call of Dagomon"/"His Master's Voice". Basically, it was a homage to Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" featuring expies of Deep Ones and Cthulhu. The episode was written by Chiaki Konaka.
  • Digimon Tamers (also written by Konaka) references Hypnos, Yuggoth, Shaggai, and Miskatonic University. And the series does include a massive alien abomination trying to wipe out humanity.
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  • World of Warcraft has entire sections of lore based on the Elder Gods, Eldritch Abominations straight out of Lovecraft, such as C'Thun, and Yogg-Saron, as well as the Murlocs, a clear Expy of the Deep Ones.
  • The DCAU did it explicitly in Justice League, when they fought 'Ichthulhu' and its hordes. The writers later said they weren't aware that Cthulhu is public domain, othertwise they would just use him.
  • In Robin Series Tim comes across an Eldritch Abomination flitting from one Town with a Dark Secret to another in the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Metallica has three songs inspired by the mythos, one of which is titled "The Call of Ktulu".
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated had a couple of episodes featuring one H.P. Hatecraft, and his novel The Shrieking Madness of Char Gar Gothakon: The Beast That Hath No Name. Adding more fun is that Hatecraft is voiced by Jeffrey Combs, who appeared in numerous Mythos film adaptions including one where he played Lovecraft. In the final episode, the gang go on a road trip to see Harlan Ellison, who's taken up a teaching post at Miskatonic University.
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  • Soul Eater has the "Book of Eibon".
  • The Big Bad of Ultraman Tiga is Ghatanothoa and there was also Zoigar, a monster based on the Lloigor.
  • Persona 2 is littered with various references to the mythos, in particular Lovecraft's Dreamland stories, and even features Nyarlathotep as it's main antagonist.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, the Cthulhu Mythos was originally just a normal fictional universe, until some magicians for some reason created spells designed to bring the events and beings in the Mythos to life. The Amakusa sidestory has a group stealing the Necronomicon and attempting to use these spells for their own ends.
  • Lovecraftian Eldritch Abominations are invoked in Freefall when Sam starts to explain the correct way to steal; Qwerty observes, "The tentacled horror from beyond my stars spoke, and von Neumann help me, in my madness I understood its words." (Sam, annoyed, says he's giving them a sustainable business model.)
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  • The Doctor Who Expanded Universe has an odd tendency to reveal the main show's native Eldritch Abominations as "actually" Mythos figures. In particular, Fenric has been claimed to be Hastur, the Great Intelligence to be Yog-Sothoth, and the Animus from "The Web Planet" to be a Lloigor.
  • In Zenith the extradimensional villains are explicitly identified as Lloigor.
  • Quite prevalent in Piratez, Deep Ones being the most glaring example.
  • An unnamed monster that looked exactly like Cthulhu and came out of a portal to hell appeared at the start of The Venture Bros. episode "The Better Man" before being destroyed by The Outrider.
  • "Everybody loves Cthulhu"
  • In The Simpsons episode "Halloween of Horror" Cthulhu is one of the monsters seen in the background at Krustyland.
  • Part of the intro sequence of Rick and Morty shows the flying saucer careening through R'lyeh. As the camera Zooms into the cockpit, we see that Summer has a Star Spawn in her arms, and Cthulhu himself is chasing the vehicle.
  • The Intro cinematic for Darkest Dungeon shows the Cthulhu statuette or frescoe for a brief moment. The DLC "The Color of Madness" is a Whole Plot Reference to The Colour Out Of Space, featuring a farmstead mutated by a Color pouring from a comet that crashlanded there.
  • The Eye and Brain of Cthulhu appear in Terraria. The game also features the Moon Lord, a creature greatly resembling Cthulhu himself.
  • Diogenes Club series:
    • In "The Gypsies in the Wood", Charles Beauregard (an occult investigator for the Club) mentions owning a copy of De Vermiis Mysteris "illustrated with brass-rubbings that would curl your hair".
    • "The Case of the French Spy" features a Fish Person, who speaks an unknown language of which the only word the narrator passes on is "f'tagn" (which the protagonist assumes from context to be a swearword). One character, listing famous mythical underwater cities the Fish Person might have come from, mentions R'lyeh.

References to the Necronomicon

The iconic book is one of the more common shout outs made to the mythos, and has spawned a number of imitators.
  • The Necronomicon makes a cameo in the first chapter of Touhou Suzunaan ~ Forbidden Scrollery. It's claimed that it the original manuscript of the kanji edition but at the same time the language is unknown.
  • Many of the problems in the Evil Dead flims is due to the Necronomicron ex Mortis (though in the first film it was named "Naturom Demonto").
  • H. R. Giger has a collection of his works titled after the ancient tome.
  • In the Japanese version of Golden Sun: The Lost Age, the book is an equipable item, changing the user's class and granting them the ability to summon monsters. In America, the book was renamed to Tomegathericon, but still retained the same aspects.
  • In Tales of Phantasia, the Necronomicon is but one of many Mythos tomes that is Claus' Weapon of Choice.
  • Penny Arcade and MegaTokyo had featured the Necrowombicon, a parody of the Mythos book.
  • Apparently, the Republican Party of Springfield have a copy of the Necronomicon.
  • In the Way of Life DLC for Crusader Kings II, you can find and attempt to decipher the Necronomicon if you choose the scholarship focus (although you may Go Mad from the Revelation).
  • Several Discworld novels refer to an extremely dangerous and near-sentient magic book for contacting paranormal entities called the Necrotelecomnicon or Liber Paginarum Fulvarumnote .
  • Necronomidol are an idol band (see what they did there?) named after the book, who make lots of Lovecraft references in their lyrics and general imagery.


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