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The amorphous creature is a common trope in science fiction. Usually it is depicted as a living mass of jelly-like substance that can take any shape it wants. Perhaps the most familiar example is the title alien from the movie The Blob, but other examples include the vermicious knids from Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, a giant pasty mass of protoplasm found in Venusian jungles in one of Stanley G. Weinbaum's few short stories, the Gelth from the Doctor Who story The Unquiet Dead and the Shoggoths from the Cthulhu Mythos.
Amorphous creatures are to be distinguished from shape-shifters that can change their appearance to mimic whatever they like, such as Batman's enemy Clayface, the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, or the titular alien creature from The Thing.
Metaphorically, "amorphous" refers to any structure, body, figure, text or speech that lacks a distinct form or order.
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