Various deities have titles associated with them - 'The chosen one', 'Messiah', 'Son of God' etc.

What titles are associated with Cthulhu?

I'm looking for titles like 'Destroyer of Worlds', 'The Dead Dreamer'.

Answers don't have to be canonical - pop culture references are fine.

  • Other than "Great", I don't recall any other titles applied to Cthulhu in H.P.'s work. I guess He has no need of such things.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 9:13
  • @JoeL. ^^ Haha great reference. I got 'Elder god of the damned' from there.
    – dwjohnston
    Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 22:11

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The adjectives Great, Dread, and Dead are often applied to Cthulhu:

the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from his tomb to revive His subjects and resume his rule of earth
-- Castro, a Cthulhu cultist

(I can't find a canon source for "Dread Cthulhu", but this phrase, with quotes, has over 10,000 hits on Google.)

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn (In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.
-- Frequent chant of Cthulhu cultists

His actual titles listed here are:

  • High Priest of the Great Old Ones
  • The Great Dreamer
  • The Sleeper of R'lyeh

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