Cthulhu 2020 refers to a political parody gag, which promotes the Lovecraftian horror as the best choice at the 2020 Presidential Election, with the motto “Why choose the lesser evil?”.
The tumultuous year of 2020 also inspired many to speculate that the Old God will wake from its slumber in that year and devour humanity.
Cthulhu was conceived by H. P. Lovecraft for his 1928 short story “The Call of Cthulhu”.
The being is described to be a gigantic winged anthropoid Old God, with the head of an octopus.
Over the years, the entity grew ever popular in pop culture, with numerous references occurring in music, series as well as video games.
The Cthulhu for President joke was first conceived by Chaosium which published a kit for the campaign in 1996, featuring signs, buttons and posters.
“Cthulhu 2020” first emerged not long after news of Covid-19 spread over the world, prophesizing the awakening of the Old God.
With the arrival of the Presidential elections in the United States, people started taking up the “Cthulhu 2020” gag in a political manner, continuing the Cthulhu for President trend.
The phenomenon had spawned artworks, movements and merchandize, as well as a large number of online conversations about the coming of the horror.