Last year for the site’s anniversary, I dropped dozens of monsters for 4 Horror War, a purely hypothetical mons game I made up in homage of a bunch of horror characters I like. Well, one of the things I’m doing this year is the first 4 Horror War DLC, House of 4 Horror War. There will be sixteen new arky families for your perusal this month. Today’s family belongs to Cosmic Horror, THE KILLER CARTOON FAMILY!
Hailing from the early days of animation, Swingsin may be simplistic in appearance, but the technical limitations of its creation inspired innovation, as what this monster lacks in gruesome details it makes up for in surreal expressions and impossible movement. Shifting in shape and size with no regard to consistent anatomy, this flexible nightmare defies the limits of reality as it sets about hunting its prey.
After being put on a team with the Spooky Spaghetti arky Slaughtermaus, Swingsin can transform into Meanmaus. Though it resembles a classic and beloved cartoon character, make no mistake, this mouse is anything but an unflappably kind everyman! In fact, it’s downright evil! Though slightly more grounded (and restricted by character model sheets) than its predecessor, this arky still makes use of cartoon physics to ensnare and slaughter its prey.
If allowed to fully adapt to the “real” world, Meanmaus can mutate into Mausmun. Now made of flesh and bone, this wretched creature relies on the twisted-result of translating its exaggerated cartoon features into nightmarish “real” anatomy, grossing its enemies out with the realization that this is how cartoon characters would loo like in ‘real’ life.
If allowed to browse image boards on the internet, Swingsin can evolve into Babspeng. No longer relying purely on the abstractions of animation for scares, this arky combines surrealism with body horror imagery, creating a slow-moving grotesquery whose attacks only grow fiercer the more damage it endures.
If allowed to move up from imageboards to browsing modern social media platforms, Babspeng can evolve into Sorryjon. Its surreal powers now combining with the vast unknown terrors of the cosmos, this killer cartoon has graduation from an abstract monstrosity to a true eldritch abomination, godly in power and inscrutable in its apocalyptic intent. An enormous powerhouse who paralyzes foes with fear, this godlike monstrosity has a hunger as unending as its hatred of Mondays.
If allowed to watch educational puppet shows from the 70’s, Swingsin can transform into Hugscare. Though innocuous in both appearance and manner itself, Hugscare is pursued by an aura of of malevolence and cruelty, making all attacks hit harder while it is present on the field. Since its allies are likely to suffer a great deal of damage when working with it on the field, it also sports several healing moves.
If Hugscare manages to slay an opponent on its own, it can evolve into Hardlesson. No longer a passive figure, this arky warps reality to punish its enemies, boasting supreme magical offensive power at the cost of truly terrible defenses.
If allowed to watch some new-fangled cartoons called anime, Swingsin can evolve into Playmitt. Once an adorable anime girl, this arky has been shockingly mutated into a piteous heap of stunted flesh, wailing in freakish misery for an end to its wretched existence. Its tendency to than attackers for hurting it is incredibly demoralizing, lowering the enemy team’s attack substantially every time it is hit in battle.