|Nyah Has an Adventure species|
|First appearance||Enter: Nyah|
|Created by||Darien Brice Dickinson|
A parasite is an invasive species in the animated sitcom Nyah Has an Adventure. Parasites were conceived by Darien Brice Dickinson and first appear in the pilot episode Enter: Nyah, as Nyah herself is one of them.
In the series, parasites refer to any non-human race that can completely take over the brain and/bodily functions of any other species by entering a host through any orifice to use their body for any purpose, effectively killing the host (if the host wasn't already recently deceased). This is usually just to survive, as most parasites are born without mouths, and require a host body within weeks of birth or they die from hunger.
Under human law, all parasites are currently illegal and must be destroyed on sight.
As Nyah's character design was originally drawn by Jordyn-Rae Morrison, she did not design the character with the parasite species in mind. In 2019, Jordyn described her own version of Nyah as a "tadpole lamprey bird lady".
Darien created the parasites as a species that every other species in the series would actively try to exterminate, and made the titular Nyah one of the last remaining parasites, as a reason for drama to occur.
Originally, parasites were only going to be goo-like tadpoles hatched from avian-aquatic hybrid eggs, but more races were added under the "parasite" umbrella, including cellular micro-organisms, spores from mushrooms and other fungi, and sentient elements such as gold and magma. Most crawling species of insects and arachnids are classified as parasites too, while flying insects are classified as creatures.
Parasites have a core made from their goo, parts of which can flake off and permanently dry up when outside of a host body (or not touching some form of liquid) for too long, which will kill them when all parts of the core are completely dried up. They can also die from hunger, and from anti-parasite chemicals.
- Creatures, a non-human species that parasites can use as host bodies.