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A man purchases a demonic hamster from a pet shop. Things quickly get out of hand.

The Sock series is made by Grey Gerling, who is known for his unique hand drawn style of animation. There are 3 parts, the last of which was released in 3 separate episodes. The series is available on YouTube and Newgrounds.

The series is comprised of:

  • Dawn of Sock (2007)
  • Advent of Sock (2009)
  • Empire of Sock (2013-2014, 3 episodes)


The Sock series provides examples of:

  • All There in the Script: Nobody but Sock is named in the shorts themselves, but several names are revealed through character artwork Gerling posted on his developer blog. The sky god is Hothica, the plant god is Gaeous, the water god is Uquorion, and the cerberus monster is Ceriazibus.
  • Amputation Stops Spread: The cerberus monster opts to amputate one of its two remaining heads after getting infected by a plant.
  • Art Evolution: Empire of Sock has a much richer color palette than the first 2 installments.
  • Bad Moon Rising: The moon and stars have turned blood red by the third episode.
  • Berserk Button: The smoking demon does NOT like getting his cigarette put out.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Sock, some humans, and a few others have these.
  • Blow You Away: One of the sky god's powers. It can manipulate wind in many ways, but its main offence is to use lightning.
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  • Body Horror: The series as a whole is ripe with this, but special mention goes to the Cerberus monster exposing its flailing guts.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: The intro sequence in Empire shows Sock being crucified. By himself.
  • Cut Short: Development of the fourth installment, Rictus of Sock, unfortunately stopped when the creator decided to pursue another project.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Sock in spades. By the end of Empire he and his cult seem to have outright broken reality itself.
  • Dem Bones: The giant skeleton creature that appears in all three parts.
  • Flying Sea Food Special: A flying angler fish manifested out of spirits.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Sock exhibits a sickly green variety when he makes the giant cocoon hatch.
  • Green Thumb: The plant god's powers. It simply has to cry on something to create giant sentient flora.
  • God of Evil: Sock is worshipped by his cult as this, rampantly murdering and torturing people seemingly for kicks... Not that the other gods are much better. In Empire we get a look at the Cult of Sock's creation myth, depicting Sock descending from a crack in the firmament with the other gods, implying some rather disturbing things about them all.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The gods who arrive to defeat Sock are utterly indifferent to human suffering, to the point that the sky god steals their bones for a wind spear, the plant god using them as mulch for its creations and the water god stealing all the water from its surroundings to attack with, including the water inside humans. Although with Sock it's kind of necessary.
  • Hellhound: Though not a canine per se, the giant three-headed creature that is summoned by Sock is definitely evocative of Cerberus.
  • Holy Halo: A stained glass window depicts Sock's owner with one.
  • Hope Spot: For the citizens when the gods arrive. It's quickly made clear that they only care about fighting Sock, with complete disregard to the destruction and death they cause in the process.
  • Human Sacrifice: Done to an unlucky pizza delivery guy.
  • Killer Rabbit: Sock is an adorable hamster. He is also a seemingly unkillable demon that commands an army of monsters from hell.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: The three gods that fight Sock.
  • Line Boil: Due to everything being drawn on paper.
  • Major Injury Under Reaction: Sock's owner seems more distraught about losing his sandwich than getting one of his arms lopped off.
  • Making a Splash: The water god's powers. It can manipulate any water in its vicinity, including the fluid in human bodies.
  • Man on Fire: In Dawn a man in hell has to endure being on fire with a bucket of water just out of reach.
    • In Empire a guy is bowing before the trio of gods, seemingly unaware that he is ablaze.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The sea god, on account of being modeled after an angler fish.
  • Must Have Nicotine: The smoking demon. Getting between him and his nicotine fix is a very bad idea.
  • Oculothorax: There are flying eyes the size of beach balls. They passively float around like balloons at first, but eventually merge into a giant eye Kaiju covered in pupils.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The plant god has an unchanging morose look on its face.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Sock never loses his enthusiastic grin.
  • Portal Door: Sock turns his owner's fridge into one, though it's never shown where it leads.
  • Power Nullifier: The intro of Empire implies that Sock's powers were completely negated by a mundane hamster cage.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: In Empire, the sky has turned fiery red.
  • Religion of Evil: Of course, Sock's cult follows one. Black cloaks and pentagrams included.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The can in this case being Sock's cage, which inexplicably nullifies his powers
  • Shock and Awe: In addition to creating wind the sky god can summon very powerful lightning bolts.
  • Shout-Out: In Empire a little girl is seen holding a plushie that looks like the Fetusaur from The Faster The Treadmill, another animation by Grey Gerling.
  • Skewed Priorities: Despite all the terrible things going on around him, Sock's owner is more concerned about getting a snack.
  • Swiss Army Tears: The plant god can create plants by crying.
  • Too Many Mouths: The smoking demon can grow a fanged maw out of his head.
  • Weak Sauce Weakness: Sock, an eldritch being from hell, is rendered harmless by a hamster cage.
  • The X of Y: All parts of the series follow the X of Sock formula.

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