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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 Newgrounds.

The series is comprised of:

  • Dawn of Sock (2007)
  • Advent of Sock (2009)
  • Empire of Sock (2013-2014, divided in 3 parts)

There is also a prequel comic called Genesis of Sock made in 2011.


The Sock series provides examples of:

  • Acid Attack: When Ceriazibus's guts are flailing around, hanging out of their body, they spew gastric acid everywhere.
  • Alien Blood:
    • Gaeous' green parasitic plant liquid serves both as their tears and their blood.
    • Uquorion seems to have both purple blood when he gets bitten off and gray blood when his corpse falls on the ground.
  • 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 white god is Hothica the god of storm, the green god is Gaeous the god of dirt, the blue god is Uquorion the god of fluid, and the cerberus-like monster is Ceriazibus.
  • Ambiguous Gender: We neither know the gender of Sock, their monsters or the three gods.
  • Amputation Stops Spread: Ceriazibus opts to amputate one of their two remaining heads after getting infected by having Gaeous' blood on their tongue.
  • An Ice Person:
    • Hothica has the power of freezing water.
    • When Hothica and Gaeous are killed, Uquorion create some ice arms that shoot high pressure water to pin Sock against a wall.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Sock is a heavily stylized, smiling hamster and a reality-warping God of Evil.
  • Art Evolution: Empire of Sock has a much richer color palette than the first 2 installments.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: Despite the cutesy and stylized art style, this series is full of human misery, Body Horror and hellish monsters.
  • Author Avatar: Sock's owner looks like how Grey Gerling represents himself.
  • Bad Moon Rising: The moon and stars have turned blood red during Advent of Sock.
  • Berserk Button: The smoking demon does NOT like getting his cigarette put out.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Sock, the humans and the smoking demon have these, Sock's owner also have them but they are more line-shapped, Gaeous Appear to have this but they actually have holes for eyes.
  • Blow You Away: One of Hothica's powers. They can manipulate wind in many ways.
  • Body Horror: The series is ripe with this.
    • After Ceriazibus slices a giant plant that crushed them, they have a big hole in their belly and their organs are flailling around. Their big wound also appears to have teeths.
    • People affected by Sock's radiation powers become horrific masses of flesh.
    • When Sock's owner finds the receipt for his evil hamster, he starts to cry lava. Then, when Sock is turned into a cross by his cultists and seemingly brings the apocalypse to Earth, the owner's head turns into stone with a big hole spewing lava. It's like he became a fusion between a stick figure and a volcano.
  • Cephalothorax: In term of physical appearance, Sock and the three gods are just tiny floating heads as bodies. They don't even have legs even if Sock's is supposed to be an hamster. This make him more cute looking and thus make his status as an apocalypse bringer even more scary.
  • Company Cross References : 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.
  • 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.
  • Dem Bones: There's a giant skeletal monster who appears in every video. In Empire of Sock, we see there are multiple of them.
  • The Dying Walk: Shortly after the big fight against the gods is over, Ceriazibus takes a few steps and falls over, likely dead of exhaustion and from losing two out of their three heads.
  • Eating the Enemy: The smoking demon kills Uquorion by eating half of their body in one bite for putting out its cigarette.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Sock in spades. By the end of Empire he and his cult seem to have outright broken reality itself.
  • Finger Snap Lighter: The smoking demon doesn't have fingers, but the way it uses the tip of its tail to light a cigarette with is pretty evocative of someone using their thumb like a lighter.
  • Flower Mouth: What Ceriazibus' mouths look like.
  • Flying Sea Food Special: One of Sock's monsters is a flying angler fish manifested out of spirits.
  • Glass Cannon: The three gods have very destructive powers but can be killed in rather simple ways, such as being crushed by a magical shrinking cylinder, being cut in half by a tongue or being bitten in half.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Sock exhibits a sickly green variety when he makes the giant cocoon hatch.
  • Green Thumb: Gaeous's powers. They simply have 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 Hothica steals their bones for a wind spear, Gaeous using them as mulch for their creations and Uquorion stealing all the water from their surroundings to attack with, including the water inside humans. Although with Sock it's kind of necessary.
  • Grotesque Cute: Sock is a cute hamster who sacrifices a pizza delivery man, summon creatures from hell, and bring the apocalypse.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Gaeous dies by getting cut in half from behind by one of Ceriazibus' tongue.
  • Healing Factor:
    • When Ceriazibus get freed by Gaeous' vines by Sock's cultists, they have some wounds that instanly disappear. They can't regrow their heads though.
    • When Sock gets wounded it never last.
  • Hellhound: Though not a canine per se, Ceriazibus is definitely evocative of Cerberus. Even the name is very similar.
  • 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.
  • Ignored Enemy: At no point are the gods seen attacking Sock's cultists, which bite them in the ass because a group of them trap Hothica in a magical cylinder and crush them to death while another group free Ceriazubus from the vines they were trapped in which allow them to kill Gaeous, the one who wrapped them in the first place.
  • In the Hood: Sock's cultists wear hooded robes that hide their faces.
  • Killer Rabbit: Sock is an adorable hamster. They are 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.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Gaeous sounds like "gaia" which fit for someone who has power over nature.
    • Uquorion sounds like "aqua" and has power over water.
    • Ceriazibus sounds like "Cerberus", the creature they are based on.
  • 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: Uquorion's powers. They can manipulate any water in their 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.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: In Genesis of Sock Uquorion uses their power to fuses various sea creatures together which either results in nonfunctional masses of twiching meat or monstuous levianthans.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Uquorion, on account of being modeled after an angler fish.
  • Multiple Head Case: Ceriazibus has three heads. When the left one gets infected by Gaeous' parasitic blood, the middle head simply decapitates it before the rest of their body gets infected.
  • Must Have Nicotine: The smoking demon. Getting between him and his nicotine fix is a very bad idea.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Most humans look basically like actual humans, though depicted in a stylized artstyle like you would expect to see in a children's book (even though this series is not for children). Sock's owner however, looks like a stick figure with thick arms and legs.
  • Number of the Beast: Sock cost $9.99 to buy, turn the number upside down and you get 666.
  • 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.
  • Off with His Head!: Ceriazibus loses two heads out of three. The right one explodes from inside after getting parasitic fluid on the tongue, that makes a giant plant grow where the head was. The left head is decapitated by the middle one for also getting infected by the parasitic fluid, to stop the creature's whole body from getting infected
  • Overly Long Tongue: Ceriazibus's tongues are so long that they can wrap them around one of their head multiple times.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Gaeous has an unchanging morose look on their face.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Sock never loses his enthusiastic grin.
  • Playing with Fire: Sock has power over fire and even engulfs the city in a fire storm.
  • Power Nullifier: The intro of Empire implies that Sock's powers were completely negated by a mundane hamster cage. There's a few hints that Sock's powers have no effects on plastic at all.
  • Prehensile Tail: The smoking demon is just a head with a tail, but it can move its tail like an arm.
  • Prequel: The Genesis of Sock comic was made between Advent of Sock and Empire of Sock and show the origins of Sock and the 3 gods before the video stories started.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Ceriazibus has red eyes and is one of Sock's most dangerous monsters.
  • 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 nullifies his powers by being made of plastic which Sock cannot affect.
  • Shock and Awe: In addition to creating wind Hothica has power over lightnings has they are the god of storm.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Despite all the terrible things going on around him, Sock's owner is more concerned about getting a snack.
    • At the end of Empire, Sock's owner is looking in his house's wreckages for Sock's receipt, all while sporting a mildly annoyed expression, despite the fact that the city he lives him just got completely destroyed by a demonic hamster, an army of monsters from hell and three gods. He's even happy to finally find the receipt, as if bringing back his evil hamster to the pet shop would change anything.
  • Swallowed Whole: A giant ghostly black angler fish eats a bunch of humans in one bite, leaving their skeletons.
  • Swirly Energy Thingy: Sock creates a purple vortex within their owner's fridge, though it's never shown if the vortex leads anywhere.
  • Swiss Army Tears: Gaeous can create plants by crying.
  • Too Many Mouths: The smoking demon can grow a fanged maw out of his head.
  • The X of Y: All parts of the series follow the "X of Sock" formula.
  • Weak Sauce Weakness: As powerful as Sock is, his radiation powers cannot affect plastic objects such as bottles or plastic bags, which is why a simple hamster cage renders him harmless.

Video Example(s):


Empire of Sock

Sock's pet gets infected by a plant monster. Luckily, it has heads to spare.

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