This article's content is marked as Mature
The page Mature contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.

If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.

The Outer Gods are the most powerful entities in the works of H.P. Lovecraft and are to the Great Old Ones what the latter are to humanity. Needless to say this makes the Outer Gods so utterly alien and vast that no human could even dream of beginning to understand them: though many have tried (at the cost of their sanity). There are 39 known Outer Gods described or mentioned in Lovecraft's corpus.

The Outer Gods serve a cosmic function that the Great Old Ones do not and although they may be worshipped as gods by madmen and heretics, they care little for such things and are dedicated to their tasks without question. Although they rule over the universe they do so in a manner humans would consider chaotic at best and are totally uncaring of the plight of others.

Those who seek aid from the Outer Gods are considered blessed if the entities ignore them. If by slim chance the Outer Gods do decide to aid a foolish mortal they are doomed to an eternity of unimaginable torture and sanity-shattering events: not so much due to any malice on the Outer Gods' part but because humans simply are not capable of grasping the nature or motivations of these horrific entities.

Known Outer Gods


Outer Gods


Works inspired by the Outer Gods

  • The Ogdru-Jahad from the Hellboy-comic series resemble the Outer Gods, while their children, the Ogdru Hem resemble the Great Old Ones.
  • Yokoth and Glythur from Supernatural. The two consumed most of their universe and were also parents of the "Faceless Hordes".

Old OnesNavigation

           Cthulhu Mythos Logo Villains

Outer Gods
Azathoth | Hydra | Nyarlathotep | Shub-Niggurath | Ubbo-Sathla | Yog-Sothoth

Great Old Ones
Crom Cruach | Cthugha | Cthulhu | Cthylla | Cyaegha | Father Dagon | Ghatanothoa | Hastur | Mother Hydra | Ithaqua | M'nagalah | Rlim Shaikorth | Tsathoggua | Y'golonac | Ysbaddaden | Ythogtha | Zoth-Ommog

Hostile Species
Deep Ones | Flying Polyps | Hounds of Tindalos | Horsemen of Nyarlathotep | Many-Angled Ones | Mi-gos | Shoggoth

The Black Brotherhood | Brotherhood of the Beast | Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh | Brotherhood of the Skin | Brotherhood of the Yellow Sign | Chesuncook Witch Coven | Chorazos Cult | Church of Starry Wisdom | Cult of the Bloody Tongue | Esoteric Order of Dagon | The Slaves of the Flame Undying

Colour Out of Space | Dunwich Horror | Herbert West | Keziah Mason | Master of the Monolith | Terrible Old Man

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.