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The Lovecraftian Horrors

Lovecraftian Horrors

It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.
~ A description of Shoggoth.
To invoke the hive-mind representing chaos. Invoking the feeling of chaos. Without order. The Nezperdian hive-mind of chaos. Zalgo. He who Waits Behind The Wall. ZALGO!
~ Description of Zalgo.

The term "Lovecraftian Horrors", also known as Eldritch Abominations or Cosmic Horrors, applies to villains (and in some cases objects, places, or even events) that are or eventually transform into otherworldly entities or objects beyond rationalization, too alien from "normal" flesh-and-blood beings to be described properly, and most often madness-inducing. Alternatively, beings whose aspect is clearly stated to be an approximation of what they really are, something that humans can process while their real form is inconceivable. At the very least they must be as close as possible to such beings and a clear, stated tribute to Lovecraft.

History

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, simply known as H.P. Lovecraft or Lovecraft for short, was a horror writer who influenced the genre greatly. Instead of traditional villains, he created "horrors": indescribable, indefinable, inconceivable beings, whose existence contradicts the laws of physics, whose aspect alone is beyond human logic, and as such can induce madness by their mere presence. Although malevolent by human standards, most of Lovecraft's "horrors" are amoral beings that are either insane or too alien for humans to understand. Very few of them are desirable to be around, however, and thus are similar to villains in the sense of being harmful, and generally a threat to the world at large.

Other Variants

The fame of Lovecraftian Horror theme also led to development of other variants of Lovecraftian Horrors such as:

Animalistic Abominations

Animalistic Abominations are Lovecraftian Beings that have animalistic characteristics or rather being animals with Lovecraftian attributes. This form of Lovecraftian may portrayed as non-sapient or semi-sapient beast whom more than often Eldritch in origin. They can also started off as normal animals until something happened on them and turned them into eldritch beasts.

Humanoid Abominations

Humanoid Abominations are form of Eldritch Abominations that can pass on as human or at least as humanoid beings. What made these Eldritch entities more tricky than standard Eldritch Abominations are their capabilities to pass on as humans, interacts, and even behaves like normal humans do to conceal their inconceivable and horrific nature. It's more than often many humans whom interacts with Humanoid Abominations not realizing what their true self are until it's too late. However, some humanoid abominations actually do started off as a typical human being, but something went wrong at some point in their lifetime that resulting them gained horrific disfigurement and powers so hideous and ugly that date to gaze or have a glimpse of their true form would render one become insane.

Mechanical Abominations

Mechanical Abominations are Artificial Intelligence (be it steampunk-esque robots or sentient programs) that is created by a certain civilization through either Lovecraftian-esque sorcery or simply advanced technology whom continues to upgrade, evolve, and build upon itself until the extent of its power is unfathomable. Because of it, the said A.I.'s development, physical and mental sentience, and functioning capabilities evolved to the point of being unpredictable and incomprehensible to humans.

Examples

Literature

Films

Internet

Comics

Television

Videogames

Anime and Manga

  • Kyuubey (Puella Magi Madoka Magica).
  • Alucard (Hellsing franchise).
  • Chaos (Sailor Moon).
  • Truth (Fullmetal Alchemist franchise).

Music

Theme Park Attractions

Quotes

Then the Unlight of Ungoliant rose up even to the roots of the trees, and Melkor sprang upon the mound; and with his black spear he smote each Tree to its core, wounded them deep, and their sap poured forth as it were their blood, and was spilled upon the ground. But Ungoliant sucked it up, and going then from Tree to Tree she set her black beak to their wounds, till they were drained; and the poison of Death that was in her went into their tissues and withered them, root, branch, and leaf; and they died. And still she thirsted, and going to the Wells of Varda she drank them dry; but Ungoliant belched forth black vapours as she drank, and swelled to a shape so vast and hideous that Melkor was afraid.
~ The Silmarillion about Ungoliant.
Silly boy! You still think you can see "me". Ha ha. You can never see me, you can only see what your little mind can allow! Go! Now! For if you stay, you'll lose your little mind, in my dead lights. Like all the others. Like all the others.
~ It taunting Bill Denbrough and the Lucky Seven.
Words are a waste describing their horror.
~ Nightfall describing The Titans.

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