The Many-Angled Ones are a race or group of extradimensional entities. They were created by Grant Morrison for "Zenith", a story published in the science fiction comic magazine 2000 AD, published by Fleetway Publications.
Referred to as lloigor, they were the main antagonists in "Zenith". They developed a plan to impose a strict geometric order on the universe, making everything run like clockwork. They come from a multidimensional place: in fact, their name comes from how, to human eyes, they seem to have many angles when manifesting in this universe, resembling the floating parts disconnected from the body of a larger creature.
Capable of possessing bodies, they will give their hosts superhuman strength, reflexes and speed. In addition, they will be extremely robust and almost invulnerable. Regardless of whether they stole a body or built it specifically to house their life force, they seem to always have these powers.
In the Marvel multiverse
Here they are a group of supernatural cosmic entities. They exist in the space between the innumerable realities where they try to spread their corruption and decadence towards those realities. The universes, dimensions, and worlds that have been conquered by them disintegrate and eventually die. Within its ranks are Yog-Sothoth, Zvilpogghua, Shub-Niggurath, and Tsathoggua. The mightiest and greatest of all is Shuma-Gorath, ruler of the Race and conqueror of hundreds of universes. On Earth, the greatest and most powerful is Chthon.
They are considered from multiple angles because they exist simultaneously in many dimensions throughout the Multiverse, and mortals (for example, humans) are unable to perceive their true forms. Although they are a multiversal threat, those from many angles do not pose an existential threat to the multiverse, as there are cosmic entities (the pantheon of the multiverse) whose power vastly outshines your own.
In "Realm of Kings", it is discovered that they offered the powers to the Revengers (the counterparts of the Avengers on Earth from a Lovecraftian universe) in exchange for being worshiped. The Iron Man of that universe believes that they have surpassed their reality and are looking for a new place to be worshiped, and this is how they let Quasar know. Back in the land of this, they are opposed by heroes like Vision.
They are also the antagonists of "The Thanos Imperative", where, along with his servants, they seek to invade the main universe through "the Fault" (a tear that opens the door to other realities). They start from a reality known as the "Cancerverse", in which his followers killed "Death" (abstract entity) and nothing died. Life ran rampant like a cancerous tumor and its inhabitants are determined to spread the influence of these beings to other realities. Here a battle takes place that they end up losing.
In "The Laundry Files"
In an alternate reality, the Nazis used the Holocaust as fuel to summon them to Earth, following Alan Turing's theory that, with a computer, reality could be warped. Thus, the entity that came to this reality drained all the heat around it. Decades later, the universe was about to die.
The two main espionage groups dealing with the paranormal (including beings like Nyarlathotep and Cthulhu are "The Laundry" (Great Britain) and "The Black Chamber" (United States). The latter is secretly controlled by those of the Many-Angled Ones moment the stars align, those from many angles will seep through the walls of the universe, something that The Laundry has already been forced to confront.
Known Many-Angled Ones
- The Corrupted
- The Gatekeeper
- The Brain-Ship
- The Baby God
- Supreme Intelligence
- Cancerverse Daemons
- Many-Angled One at the Marvel Database wiki
- Shuma-Gorath at the Marvel Database wiki
- Chthon at the Marvel Database wiki
- Set at the Marvel Database wiki
- Cancerverse at the Marvel Database wiki
- The Thanos Imperative at the Marvel Database wiki