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This subject contains information from the "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles, and while guided by HPL are not based on his work alone. This subject contains information from the Expanded Cthulhu Mythos, and not based on H.P. Lovecraft's works directly. This subject contains information from the Mythos Adjacent Works, and while share similar themes and features of the Mythos are not based on his work, or generally considered a part of the Mythos proper. The Outer Gods are various cosmically significant entities that are featured in the Cthulhu Mythos. They are to be distinguished from the Great Old Ones, although the distinction isn't universally acknowledged.

Generally speaking, they are located beyond the confines of Earth and the solar system, exerting their influence from deep space. However, there are some Outer Gods who have taken up residence on Earth.

According to some accounts they dwell in the outer voids (HPL: The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath) outside of thought and existence (HPL: "Hypnos") in a "graveside" beyond Time. (HPL: "Nyarlathotep") This Last Void transcending matter and universes is accessed by the Ultimate Gate, itself beyond time and space. (HPL: "Through the Gates of the Silver Key")

Behind the Mythos

They bear a striking similarity to the real world Gnostic concept of the "Demiurge", a malignant creator being acting in an unconscious and corrupted parody of the "Divine Will". It is sometimes referred to as "Yaldabaoth", a name which would not seem out of place in the Mythos, and may have influenced the name of Yog-Sothoth.

List of Outer Gods

The Lovecraft Circle Mythos

The Expanded and Adjacent Mythos

In popular culture

  • In Marvel Comics, the Outer Gods are confused with the Great Old Ones often enough with to be categorized the same. Only two gods have been confirmed as Outer Gods: Yog-Sothoth and Azotharoth.[1] Cthulhu Mythos' Outer Gods mentioned in the Marvel Universe but not confirmed as Outer Gods includes Azathoth (hypothesized to be Azotharoth),[2][3] Nyarlathotep (an Other God instead), Shub-Niggurath (confirmed to be either a Great Old One or Lesser Old One),[1] Lilith (used in her mythological incarnation instead, though involved in eldritch horror stories), the Magnum Innominandum, and Ubbo-Sathla (unclassified so far).


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