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Cthulhu is probably the most popular creature created by Lovecraft till this day as it has shown up in television shows such as "South Park" and even has a video game currently being developed surrounding the cult of Cthulhu called "The Call of Cthulhu" (Yes, they made the book into a video game!). Cthulhu is categorized as a cosmic-level creature that has the title of High Priest of the Great Old Ones and has been depicted to be an immortal being with a multitude of reality-bending powers. Its appearance is roughly described a large green titan body with wings of a dragon and the head of an octupus with tentacles surrounding its mouth area. Cthulhu is worshipped by cultists who believe that this Great Old One is sleeping under the sea until the day of reckoning and will make a human sacrifice out of anyone not associated with the cult. Cthulhu made its first appearance in H.P. Lovecraft's book "The Call of Cthulhu"
More commonly referred to as "Father Dagon", this fishy diety (also a Great Old One) is the ruler of the Deep Ones, which will be linked below. Dagon is worshipped at sea and land both by the Deep ones and the secret cult called the Esoteric Order of Dagon located in fictional Innsmouth. Dagon is not depicted as a single entity in the self-titled H.P.L story "Dagon" and thus his powers or form cannot truly be described other than the little descriptions H.P.L left scattered throughout his works. ALL HAIL THE FISH GOD
Often referred with the saying "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young", Shub-Niggurath does not really have a story centered around itself but was rather lightly mentioned in two different stories by H.P.L. While the entity is officially a part of the Cthulhu Mythos, Shub-Niggurath was developed into a literary figure by other authors who wrote the being into other stories within the Mythos. Shub-Niggurath is depicted as the most worshipped Outer God in the Cthulhu Mythos and like her other title, she has created many offspring with "The Unspeakable One" Hastur. Due to this characters scattered description and not being originally brought into literary existence by H.P.L, there is not much information to base this character off of.
Revered as the most knowledgable Outer God/entity in the Cthulhu Mythos, Yog-Sothoth is described as a mass of glowing spheres and is said to be one with all of time and space. Yog-Sothoth is locked out of our universe so therefore it cannot not do much harm other than inhabiting some humaniod forms or create offspring with it's followers, the intentions of this God is unknown. Also nicknamed as "The Key and The Gate", Yog-Sothoth is the guardian of the Gate of where the Old Ones broke through and holds the knowledge of the past, present, and future. The first mention of the name Yog-Sothoth is in 'The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" by H.P. Lovecraft.
The ruler of all Outer Gods and father to the Nyarlathotep, Azathoth is the Blind Idiot God who rules all of time and space at the nucleus of the cosmos. H.P. Lovecraft did not leave a plethora of information on this character but rather made detailed mentions of Azathoth in various books and is often paired with the mention of a demonic flute and a black throne. The first mention of Azathoth was actually not in the Cthulhu Mythos but in the Dream Cycle in a novel titled "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath".
Probably the second most popular creature from the Cthulhu Mythos, the Crawling Chaos or Nyarlathotep is a formless entity that wanders the the Earth gathering many followers and then basically driving them all mad and thus dooming the entire world. The Nyarlathotep has been a character in many stories by Lovecraft and many other authors and has been written into an Outer God. But what has made this character the second most popular creature as of recent is something kinda hard to describe. In 2012, a Japanese anime that will not be named was aired all over the world with the story centered around the Nyarlathotep, however the creature was turned into a teenage girl and just basically turned into something that it was originally not supposed to be.... The first appearance of the Nyarlathotep was in the self-titled poem written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1920.
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