|Species||Deep One (possibly)|
|Place of origin||Earth|
|Behind the scenes|
|Created by||H. P. Lovecraft|
Dagon is a gigantic creature from the Pacific Ocean and physically resembles a massively oversized version of the common Deep Ones, with scaly skin, webbed digits and a combination of ichthyoid and humanoid features. The Deep Ones and Human/Deep One hybrids from the coastal settlement of Innsmouth worship him as Father Dagon; although the church of the Esoteric Order of Dagon also venerates other deities such as the mysterious Mother Hydra and the extraterrestrial Cthulhu.
Dagon's true nature is not known, although it's possible that he simply represents an incredibly old and therefore gigantic Deep One who achieved such a tremendous size as a result of his long lifespan. Like many ocean species, Deep Ones are biologically immortal and never truly stop growing, lending credit to this idea.
However, many sources identify Dagon as one of the Great Old Ones: a collection of alien primordial deities which also includes Cthulhu. There surely exists a connection between them, seeing as the Deep Ones are often believed to have been important allies of the Spawn of Cthulhu when the latter were still active on Earth. Like Cthulhu, the sight of Dagon can cause humans to become insane.
In the 2001 film Dagon, the Deep Ones of the Spanish coastal town of Imboca perform human sacrifices to Dagon, who appears as a giant creature with sharp teeth and multiple tentacles.
- "Dagon", by H. P. Lovecraft (1919) (First appearance)
- "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", by H. P. Lovecraft (1931) (Mentioned only)
- Dagon is named after the Mesopotamian fish-god of fertility.