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Bogleech is a website devoted to insects, parasites and monsters in general—in other words, to the phenomenon of horror and all the things that cause it. Topics include horror movies, literature, mythology, TV, toys and video games, as well as facts about scary animals in real life like spiders, bats, and snakes. It was started by web cartoonist and biology buff Jonathan Wojcik, also known as Scythemantis. The main site also includes webcomics (notably, Awful Hospital) and flash cartoons, as well as Mortasheen, Wojcik's own idea for a Pokémon-style tabletop RPG, the Creepypasta Cookoff, an annual harvesting of short horror works by his fanbase, and Nightmare Beings, where commenters describe a monster from their dreams to be illustrated by either John himself or a guest artist. Also hosts several nature articles written by himself (and has links to numerous Cracked.com articles by the very same), usually about the less pleasant aspects of Mother Nature (e.g. parasites that cause aberrant supernumerary leg growth in frog).

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This website provides examples of:

  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: Most discussions of anime on the site (other than series that are clearly aimed at kids, such as Pokémon) seem to imply this. That said, some reviews involving content from adult oriented anime and manga, such as Berserk, Franken Fran, Vampire Hunter D and the works of Junji Ito are quite positive. The review for Puella Magi Madoka Magica only trashed on the certain parts of the fanbase and some of the spinoffs and not the anime itself, which he enjoyed. Jonathan is also a fan of 80's horror OVAs like the aforementioned Vampire Hunter D as well as Devilman Lady.
  • Animalistic Abomination: In his "Halloween Bestiary", among other creatures, are owl-like Strixoids, spider-like Heebie Jeebies, cat-like Caterwauls, and Skliders, spider-like creatures made out of Dem Bones.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Frequent.
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    • Several examples in Awful Hospital, such as the Burgrr Inc. staff.
    • Also, of course, the Burgrr.com stories.
    • Sugar Fiends are members of the Halloween Bestiary made out of candy.
  • Anthropomorphic Objects: Or organs, in this case; two recurring characters in his comics are Brains and Guts, who are a sentient brain and stomach, respectively.
  • Author Appeal: Monsters of course, but especially blob monsters, body horror and monsters based on invertebrates (especially flies, earthworms, ticks and cockroaches).
  • Broke the Rating Scale: In the Bogleech Pokémon reviews, Lucario earns a score of 'Rotting, Rancid Lucario Skull' out of five pokéballs. The rating of 'Five Gold Pokéballs' might have counted at one point, but it's more or less become the standard top of the rating scale since its introduction.
    • Goodra gets a GIF of a tumbleweed on account of the fact that Bog has extremely positive opinions of what it is (a slime-dripping slug dragon) but extremely negative opinions of it not being what it could have been (Its preevolution was blind and legless, among other factors). Both opinions were too strong for a neutral rating, so Bog chose not to rate it at all.
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    • The Abra line was given a rating of '666 and a crudely drawn headbanging demon' as a Take That! to the people who once claimed that Pokémon was satanist propaganda (and often used Alakazam as an example).
    • For his Digimon reviews, he was so repulsed by Nanimon that he gave it a "NO GOD" rating, though he clarified in the comments that his review was tongue-in-cheek and he appreciated its Refuge in Audacity. Played straighter with the Fairymon / Kazemon line, to which he gave a disgusted reaction instead of a proper rating for the producers making an 11 year girl turn into a lingerie fairy. This escalated into decidedly not tongue-in-cheek horror at seeing her final form.
  • Canon Welding: Characters and settings from Awful Hospital and the Burgrr stories show up in Don't Get Spooked.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Mortasheen is something of the Bizarro version of this trope. The setting is a sprawling continent-sized toxic urban wasteland of twisted science that is home to degenerate humanoids and hundreds of species of horrific bloodthirsty monsters (many created by the residents as living tools or weapons) where life is either nasty, brutish and short or agonizingly drawn out for far too long... and yet most sentient beings who live there cheerfully take it all in stride, and behave pretty much like you'd expect if this was a standard happy-go-lucky Pokémon-like world instead of a hell-world that could otherwise give Warhammer 40,000 a run for its money.
  • Cute Monster Girl: A Pet-Peeve Trope that he's always happy to see aversions of.
  • Darker and Edgier: More like creepier & scarier...
  • Edutainment Show: Beneath all of its horror-related trappings, the site is actually incredibly educational, especially regarding biology. That said, it ain't for little kids.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Some of his Mortasheen menagerie are Shout Outs to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Some are worse.
    • Sometimes appear in the comic and elsewhere on the site too.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Up to Eleven. Wojcik loves all sorts of creatures commonly seen as frightening, repulsive and just plain weird.
    • Friend to Bugs
    • The only exception seems to be dolphins, but he mostly hates how they're idolized by pop culture.
      • That being said, he seemed to be okay with river dolphins if one of blogs on strange animals in to be believed. Then again, river aren't what most people would consider cute and aren't as exposed in media.
  • Grossout Show: A lot of the comics, facts, pop culture reviews printed on the site are done for maximum gross-out potential.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: As part of the Halloween 2013 event, Bogleech was temporarily usurped by Borfladge, ostensibly a version of Bogleech's website from some other reality.
  • Interactive Fiction: Two so far, both as part of Halloween 2013. Nausea Quest and Don't Get Spooked. The former is almost entirely text based, while the latter includes full artwork and over 60 characters.
  • Mons: Mortasheen is a dark version of this idea, with several monster clowns, sentient iron maidens, an entire class consisting of various insects fused with humans and at least four different varieties of zombie fetus.
  • Monster Clown: Jonathan is quite obviously a fan; Mortasheen contains an entire monster type comprised of this trope, known as the "Joker" class, which is basically equivalent to there being a Pokémon type called "Clown". There are numerous monstrous clown merchandise items in the Halloween galleries, as well.
  • Monster Mash: There are three articles devoted to the monsters that represent and are ubiquitous to Halloween, with this, of course, as the result.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Bogleech is very much one. Ironically, as a child he used to spook incredibly easily.
    • A good example is the Raremon page, wherein Wojcik fanboys over a creature that looks like a stinking blob of rot and machinery:
    Out of seven thousand (I'm estimating) monsters in the Digimon franchise, the stinking, rotting, bile-belching Raremon is my number one, uncontested most precious baby.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: "Abyssal" pulls a particularly cruel example of this trope, when the protagonist, trapped in a deep sea nightmare of Uncanny Valley fish monsters swims desperately to a portal to his bedroom while a monster slowly closes in on him. He arrives in his bed, then relaxes and lies down to fall back asleep...blissfully unaware that it's all an illusion and he's being digested alive in the monster's stomach.
  • Our Bugbears Are Scarier: Bugbears are discussed in a couple of Halloween articles, which talk about their common traits, their origins as a generic monster invoked to scar children into behaving, and the general recurrence in fiction of the archetype of the big, scary, hairy creature that isn't usually identified as anything more specific than "a monster" but immediately brings to mind the idea of a child-scarying beast lurking in the woods or the dark corners of the house.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Explored in this article, which points out that dragons were depicted as Animalistic Abominations until very recently.
  • Our Gargoyles Rock: One article is entirely devoted to gargoyles, their history, and possible interpretations of them.
  • Our Vampires Are Different:
  • A Rare Sentence: From his Pokemon review of the Ultra Beast Poipole and its evolution...
    "I never thought I'd say this about anything, but this design was cooler before its head became its butt."
  • Running Gag: As far as the site is concerned, Christmas does not exist. The few times it has to be mentioned, it is censored as if it were some horrible swearword. Halloween is the one only true holiday (the site owner is even born on that date). It's probably all part of the absurdist comedy style of the articles, but then again...
  • Stylistic Suck: Anything ostensibly produced by Burgrr, a creepypasta-born combination of Pocket Dimension, Genius Loci, and Eldritch Abomination formed around the concept of meat processing. It looks like someone flayed the idea of a butcher shop and made a puppet of its skin, and it's a lure for some of their raw materials.
  • Surreal Horror: He's a fan of this, favoring the monster designs that are more bizarre and unconventional.
  • The Worm That Walks: Wojcik suggests in his review thereof that this might be the explanation for why all of Yu-gi-oh!'s blatantly non-worm 'worms' are referred to as such.
    Maybe even their solid tissues are just built from different worms, all woven together to construct semblances of other creatures.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Averted. Jonathan and most of the forum members undoubtedly prefer parasitic flatworms that live in snail eyeballs to kittens.
    • Some of us like everything.
  • Wicked Witch: He has dubbed the "hat-with-legs" variety "Hocus" and the "cauldron-with-legs" variety "Pocus", considering them specific subsets of the witch monster.
  • Word-Salad Horror: Some of the entries such as Pokeween slowly degenerate into this kind of prose. The Burgrr.com website uses this kind of writing extensively.

Specific strips from the webcomic include examples of:

Brains: Alright, that sort of only raised a lot more questions. I apologize.

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