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Cautions: The collection is sorted by mythos name, for any figure that resembles the true descriptions given by the Cthulhu mythos writers, regardless of the actual name of the sculpture. Manufacturers that are not savvy to the mythos may not know what figures they've bought and so rename them with best guess. Also, some figures, though made intentionally for the mythos, for legal reasons due to lack of licence, may have had to rename the figures (so Byakhee became Bijecki). So you will see "floating death" unmasked as the terrible flying polyp in all its horrific glory. For many of these creatures, there will not be an entry, and this is a hint for the sculptors. Where time permits, a descriptive quote may be provided for clarification of the author's intent and for sculptor inspiration. No figure will be admitted to a category that does not fit the author's description; for oddballs that don't fit, we include an Honorable Mentions category for those blasphemous horrors. Finally, a gallery to compare all those deep ones, side by side. Since this collection may exceed the page length limit, links will be provided for each category as they become overlarge. Also, the collection cannot be expected to be kept up to date, as it is not the main purpose of this wiki to indulge the viewer with these special galleries; hence, a proper search should ensue if your figure cannot be quickly identified from this gallery.

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Contents

MYTHOS DEITIES

These are often confused with the Great Old Ones. See Cthulhu Mythos Deities.

GREAT OLD ONES

These are not quite deities, but are demigodish aliens, possibly leaders of their races, or at least exiled from them. For more Great Old Ones not listed here, reference the Table of Great Old Ones. They are not to be confused with the Elder Things, who are also called "Old Ones".

Aphoom-Zhah, The Cold Flame, Lord of the Pole

”The ghastly phosphorescence blazed high, rustling with unholy glee, and the terrific blast of unendurable rigor that struck forth from the stirring Flame drove me shrieking from my precarious perch – drove me sobbing and stumbling back up the winding ways of the black labyrinth – drove me forth from the grim gate and across the frigid plain...” ~ "The Acolyte of the Flame" (1985) by Lin Carter
See Cthugha below.

Atlach-Nacha, The Spider God(dess), Spinner in Darkness

"...betake yourself downward through the caverns till you reach, after long descent, that bottomless gulf over which the spider-god Atlach-Nacha weaves his eternal webs. And there, calling to AtlachNacha, you must say: 'I am the gift sent by Tsathoggua.'” ~ "The Seven Geases" (1934) by Clark Ashton Smith.
Atlach-Nacha is described as a spider with a human face dangling from beneath its body. There is some argument as to the gender of this being. It makes sense that this god is a goddess... spider females are notoriously larger and more voracious than their male counterparts. The originating story had Atlach-Nacha as male; subsequent stories by other authors have it as female. Avoiding the torso would allow a more androgynous interpretation.


Basatan, King of Crabs

First mentioned in "Master of the Crabs" (1948) by Clark Ashton Smith. Contrary to what is reported in Wikipedia, there is no mention of Basatan as a large crab in the story. In fact, the following quote shows that the ring of Basatan is designed for use on a human-sized digit, and the vision in the passage implies that the true owner of the ring is a tentacled entity much like Cthulhu. So maybe Basatan is Cthulhoid (in keeping with the Kraken theme of the ring’s clasp) or human, like Poseidon (doubtful, since the original inhabitants of the Earth according to the mythos were not human). Why Basatan lost his ring is not explained... perhaps it slipped off his tentacle or it dropped when he morphed into crab form.

”it seemed that the green jewel brightened and darkened and deepened strangely, like a tiny window with all the sea's mystery and immensity lying beyond. Enthralled and entranced, I forgot the circumstances of our situation: for the jewel swelled upon my vision, blotting from view the black fingers of Sarcand, with a swirling as of tides and of shadowy fins and tentacles far down in its glimmering greenness.” ~ "Master of the Crabs" (1948) by Clark Ashton Smith

Possible crab-forms of Basatan (though the literature describes him as a humanoid wizard):


Bokrug

"It is also written that [the Beings of Ib] descended one night from the moon in a mist; they and the vast still lake and grey stone city Ib. However this may be, it is certain that they worshipped a sea-green stone idol chiselled in the likeness of Bokrug, the great water-lizard; before which they danced horribly when the moon was gibbous." ~ From "The Doom that Came to Sarnath" by Howard Lovecraft

Reaper’s Burrowing Horror with a sculpted beard of tentacles would make an excellent Bokrug. Check out also Dragonblood Miniatures;' Mosasaur of the Inner Sea.


Bugg-Shash

Debuted in David Sutton's (1996) [19??] story "Demoniacal", included in Robert M. Price (ed.). The New Lovecraft Circle (1st ed.). New York, NY: Random House. It "appears as a black, slimy mass covered in eyes and mouths." (Source: Wikipedia)


Byatis


Chaug(n)a(r) Faugn

Reaper’s Mzima has been suggested as a varient Chaugnar Faugn with added tusks.


Cthugha, The Living Flame, The Burning One

”But even though we had shielded our eyes, it was impossible not to see the great amorphous shapes streaming skyward from this accursed place, not the equally great being hovering like a cloud of living fire above the trees.” ~ "The Dweller in Darkness" (1944) by August Derleth.


Cthulhu (and family)

"If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings, but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful." ~ The Call of Cthulhu, by H.P. Lovecraft

”A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing...was of a somewhat bloated corpulence.... It lumbered slobberingly into sight and gropingly squeezed its gelatinous green immensity through the black doorway.... A mountain walked or stumbled.” ~ "The Call of Cthulhu" (1928) by H. P. Lovecraft.

See also the Star-Spawn of Cthulhu.


Cyäegha The Destroying Eye, The Waiting Dark

”They saw that it was a gigantic eye staring down at them. Around the eye, the sky split; deep clefts opened through which darkness began to ooze, a darkness blacker than the night, which crawled down as a set of slimy tentacles, taking on more form, more definite shape...something was standing, outlined against the black sky, something which had tentacles of darkness and a green-glowing eye.” ~ "Darkness, My Name Is" (1976) by Eddy C. Bertin.
See Modern RPG Creature Creations#Beholders (& kin): Really big eyeball-things with mouths.

Ghadamon, Seed of Azathoth

”[Ghadamon is] composed mostly of a bluish-brown mucoidal substance... moves about on land with difficulty, dragging itself along by means of sticky, stringy pseudopods which it shoots out from its mass and attaches to surrounding objects. Ghadamon is covered with pustules that develop, quickly swell, then burst to emit noxious gas or to ooze foul slime (often quickly sucked up by a nearby orifice). Several malformed head-like objects float about in Ghadamon’s body, occasionally surfacing to peer about. Ghadamon now weighs over a thousand pounds, but will weigh much more after being escorted tothe sea and installed in the House of Ghadamon...” ~ "Pickman’ts Student" (1986) by Keith Herber in Chaosium’s Dream Journeys, included in the Dreamlands
Check out Wizards of the Coast's Caller in Darkness Unhallowed #49/60.

Ghatanathoa

First born of Cthulhu.


Gobogeg, the Twice-Invoked


Hastur & The King in Yellow

It is not clear if the King in Yellow is an avatar of Hastur or a disciple of that god, or even a place. Lovecraft read Chambers' "The King in Yellow" (1895) and identified Hastur as fitting into the mythos and the evil entity was expounded upon by August Derleth's mythos works. "The King in Yellow" does not provide a clear description of Hastur, and so there are several avatars and interpretations, the most popular one being that of a hooded, faceless wraith with a wax-like drippiness to him. Armorcast's collosal ACE020 Robed Figure On Throne would make a great tribute.


Iod, The Shining Hunter

"I learned of the fungoid, inhuman beings that dwell on far cold Yuggoth, of the cyclopean shapes that attend unsleeping Cthulhu in his submarine city, of the strange pleasures that the followers of leprous, subterranean Yog-Sothoth may possess, and I learned, too, of the unbelievable manner in which Iod, the Source, is worshipped beyond the outer galaxies." ~from "The Secret of Kralitz" by Henry Kuttner


Ithaqua (The Wendigo)

Not to be confused with the species races of Wendigo, who are also called Yeti, Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Abominable Snowmen, and Voormis, depending on where they live.


Lloigor & Zhar, the Twin Obscenities

*This is Zhar and not Lloigor. Zhar's twin obscenity, Lloigor, is rumoured to have a triplet of wings, which this figure clearly does not have; neither is this figure a representative of the Lloigor race, as it does not fit the descriptions.

M'Nagalah the Eternal, The Great God Cancer, The All-Consuming

The first mention of this being was made in the comic book Swamp Thing #8 (1974) in a story by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Wikipedia’s GOO chart gives an appearance in Ramsey Campbell’s (1976) story "The Tugging." Paint it the color of entrails.


Naggoob (Nug) or Yeb

"In various references in Lovecraft's letters, he describes these beings as only ten feet in diameter when in their ordinary form. They are made the offspring of Shub-Niggurath and Yog-Sothtoth and are said to be the asexual progenitors respectively of Cthulhu and Tsathoggua. We learn of a "shrine of Nug, in the Temple of Infra-Red Vapour on the doomed nebula Zlykariob," of a "Black Fire of Nug and Yeb," of "the Black Litany of Nug and Yeb." Nug is said to have appeared at Kadath in the Cold Waste." ~ from “The Shub-Niggurath Cycle” ed. Robert M. Price (Chaosium Inc., 1994)


Oom

Oom comes from the book Mad Moon of Dreams (1987) by Brian Lumley. Check out Beaumont's BMW008 Decapussywhipper at Armorcast.

Q'yth-az

A mass of crystals, as described in Scott D. Aniolowski (1994). "An Early Frost". (in Thomas M. K. Stratman (ed.). Cthulhu's Heirs (2nd ed.). Oakland, CA: Chaosium)
See also Armorcast's ACRC005 Triple Quartz Crystal


Quachil Uttaus

”It was a figure no larger than a young child, but sere and shriveled as some millennial mummy. Its hairless head, its unfeatured face, borne on a neck of skeleton thinness, were lined with a thousand reticulated wrinkles. The body was like that of some monstrous, withered abortion that had never drawn breath. The pipy arms, ending in bony claws, were outthrust as if ankylosed in a posture of an eternal dreadful groping.” ~ "The Treader of the Dust" (1935) by Clark Ashton Smith.


Rhan Tegoth



Rhogog The Bearer of the Cup of the Blood of the Ancients

“And as the child searched among the wicker-bushes, he came upon a great tree, blacker than the deepest void in all creation. The child, trembling with primal fear, touched the bark of the tree, and found that the wood felt as if it were aflame. Terrified, he struggled to pull his hand away, but found that the branches of the tree were holding his arm fast. The child shrieked in fear and in pain as a branch began to split his stomach in two, and his childlike voice was replaced by the howls of a being of unimaginable hatred. The woods trembled. Rhogog was still not satisfied. ~ Micheal Saint-Paul, "Sacristans of Rhogog” (1991)


Rlim Shaikorth

“In all the world there was naught that could be likened for its foulness to Rlim Shaikorth. Something he had of the semblance of a fat white worm; but his bulk was beyond that of the sea-elephant. His half-coiled tail was thick as the middle folds of his body; and his front reared upward from the dais in the form of a white round disk, and upon it were imprinted vaguely the lineaments of a visage belonging neither to beast of the earth nor ocean-creature. And amid the visage a mouth curved uncleanly from side to side of the disk, opening and shutting incessantly on a pale and tongueless and toothless maw. The eye-sockets of Rlim Shaikorth were close together between his shallow nostrils; and the sockets were eyeless, but in them appeared from moment to moment globules of a blood-coloured matter having the form of eyeballs; and ever the globules broke and dripped down before the dais. And from the ice-floor of the dome there ascended two masses like stalagmites, purple and dark as frozen gore, which had been made by the ceaseless dripping of the globules.” ~ "The Coming of the White Worm" (1941) by Clark Ashton Smith


Shudde M'ell

"...a great gray thing a mile long chanting and exuding strange acids... charging through the depths of the earth at a fantastic speed, in a dreadful fury... melting basaltic rocks like butter under a blowtorch." ~ from“The Burrowers Beneath” (1974) by Brian Lumley


Shub Niggurath

August Derleth classified Shub-Niggurath as a Great Old One, but the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game classifies her as an Outer God. The CthulhuTech role-playing game, in turn, has returned to Derleth's classification of Shub-Niggurath as a Great Old One.


Tsathogghua (Zhothaqquah, The Sleeper of N'kai) (and family)

”In that secret cave in the bowels of Voormithadreth . . . abides from eldermost eons the god Tsathoggua. You shall know Tsathoggua by his great girth and his batlike furriness and the look of a sleepy black toad which he has eternally. He will rise not from his place, even in the ravening of hunger, but will wait in divine slothfulness for the sacrifice.” ~ from "The Seven Geases"(1933) by Clark Ashton Smith


Ubbo-Sathla

"There, in the grey beginning of Earth, the formless mass that was Ubbo-Sathla reposed amid the slime and the vapors. Headless, without organs or members, it sloughed from its oozy sides, in a slow, ceaseless wave, the amoebic forms that were the archetypes of earthly life. Horrible it was, if there had been aught to apprehend the horror; and loathsome, if there had been any to feel loathing. About it, prone or tilted in the mire, there lay the mighty tablets of star-quarried stone that were writ with the inconceivable wisdom of the pre-mundane gods." ~ Clark Ashton Smith, "Ubbo-Sathla"

Vulthoom The Sleeper of Ravermos, Gsarthotegga

Debuts as a huge otherworldly satanic plant in “Vulthoom” (1935) by Clark Ashton Smith. Check out Armorcast's ACA007 Large Sucker Plant.

Y'Golonac


Yig, Father of Serpents

"The half-human father of serpents...the snake-god of the central plains tribes – presumably the primal source of the more southerly Quetzalcoatl or Kukulcan – was an odd, half-anthropomorphic devil." ~ H. P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop, “The Curse of Yig.”


Zhar & Lloigor, the Twin Obscenities

See Lloigor, above.

Zstylzhemghi, Matriarch of Swarms

There isn't a good description of this, though it is mentioned in Clark Ashton Smith's "The Parchments of Pnom" (1934), which can be found in Robert M. Price;s (ed.) The Tsathoggua Cycle.
Check out also Mega Miniatures MEM-10005 Fly SWARM x 5.


Zushakon (or Zuchequon or Zul-Che-Quon)

Debuts in "Bells of Horror" (1939) by Henry Kuttner.




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