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30th Nov '16 7:43:07 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Creator/HPLovecraft uses the terms "Mi-go" (seemingly based on "Migou," the Tibetan equivalent of "Yeti") and "Abominable Snowmen" to refer to a horrific species of aliens, halfway between giant crustaceans and living fungus. The only connection between Lovecraft's Mi-go and the mythological Yeti they share at least two names with is that they live in the Himalayas.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft uses the terms "Mi-go" (seemingly based on "Migou," the Tibetan equivalent of "Yeti") and "Abominable Snowmen" to refer to a horrific species of aliens, halfway between giant crustaceans and living walking fungus. The only connection between Lovecraft's Mi-go and the mythological Yeti they share at least two names with is that they live in the Himalayas.



* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Weeping Minotaur" mascot really looks nothing like the traditional portrayal of the Minotaur as a man with a bull's head, but more like a cartoon demon, despite the use of the Minotaur being based on the mythology of the Labyrinth.

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* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Weeping Minotaur" mascot really looks nothing like the traditional portrayal of the Minotaur as a man with a bull's head, but more like a cartoon demon, despite the use of the Minotaur being based on the mythology of the Labyrinth. At least it was still a horned humanoid.



* Westerners have long used Western mythical names for a number of Chinese mythical creatures, even if they bear only the slightest resemblance to their supposed counterparts. Examples include calling the Fenghuang, or August Rooster, a "phoenix", even though it has no association with fire or rebirth, or the Qilin (a mythical creature with the head of a dragon and a body of tiger with scales) a "unicorn". Some have even suggested that the same sloppiness applies to Chinese dragons as well. Thanks to a Chinese Emperor, the word "Qilin," or its Japanese equivalent "Kirin", is used today as the name of the very real giraffe.

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* Westerners have long used Western mythical names for a number of Chinese mythical creatures, even if they bear only the slightest resemblance to their supposed counterparts. Examples include calling the Fenghuang, or August Rooster, a "phoenix", even though it has no association with fire or rebirth, or the Qilin (a mythical creature with the head of a dragon and a body of tiger with scales) a "unicorn". Some have even suggested that the same sloppiness applies to Chinese dragons as well. Thanks to a Chinese Emperor, the word "Qilin," or its Japanese equivalent "Kirin", is used today as the name of the very real giraffe.giraffe.
** Some have even suggested that the same sloppiness applies to Chinese dragons as well. The Chinese word for the creature we call a Chinese dragon is ''Long'' or ''Lung'', and they don't exhibit many of the characteristics associated with the "original" dragons of Europe, such as breathing fire or having wings.
30th Nov '16 7:34:25 PM ElSquibbonator
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* An early draft of the first American ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' featured a rival monster called the Gryphon; however, it is described as an amalgam of [[HybridMonster mountain lion and bat]] rather than the traditional lion and eagle.

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* An early draft of the first American ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' featured a rival monster kaiju called the Gryphon; however, it is described as an amalgam of [[HybridMonster mountain lion and bat]] rather than the traditional lion and eagle.



* Boggarts in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', which are not shapeshifters in English lore, but rather malicious fey that spend their time by infuriating housewives and maids through mischief and vandalism. The creatures in "Harry Potter" are more likely boogeymen, which fir the idea of a closet-dwelling demon that takes on one's worst fear.

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* Boggarts in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', which are not shapeshifters in English lore, but rather malicious fey that spend their time by infuriating housewives and maids through mischief and vandalism. The creatures in "Harry Potter" are more likely boogeymen, which fir fit the idea of a closet-dwelling demon that takes on one's worst fear.fear.
** Rowling tends to do this a lot. Her "selkies", for example, aren't the [[SelkiesAndWereseals seal-human shapeshifters]] of Celtic lore, but merely a variety of merpeople.
27th Sep '16 12:02:19 AM jormis29
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** Lamia have a confusing history in the real world due to Lamia's own historically confusing mythology as either a [[SnakePeople snake woman]], a [[{{Hermaphrodite}} hermaphroditic]] [[WickedWitch hag]], or as a [[MixAndMatchCritters four-legged beast with a woman's head & breasts]]. D&D actually traditionally uses a blend of the first and third options; the standard Lamia is a [[OurCentaursAreDifferent woman's upper torso with the body of a "beast" from the waist down]] -- although the artwork traditionally depicts it as a lion, an Ecology article for the race in ''DragonMagazine'' claims they also resemble goats, deer and antelopes -- whilst there also exists a "Noble Lamia" that resembles the more iconic snake-person version, although lack of artwork for it in 2nd edition and the fact it wasn't converted until the "Expedition to the Demonweb Pits" adventure in 3rd edition has kept it obscure. The aforementioned Ecology article even brings in the second option, stating that whilst Noble Lamais are either male or female, Common Lamias are all hermaphroditic, with the upper torso of a woman but both male and female genitalia on their bestial incarnation. In 4th edition, however, the Lamia was changed to a swarming species of fey carnivorous beetle with a HiveMind that [[TheWormThatWalks hollows out the skin of its victims and wears it as a disguise to secure more prey]].

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** Lamia have a confusing history in the real world due to Lamia's own historically confusing mythology as either a [[SnakePeople snake woman]], a [[{{Hermaphrodite}} hermaphroditic]] [[WickedWitch hag]], or as a [[MixAndMatchCritters four-legged beast with a woman's head & breasts]]. D&D actually traditionally uses a blend of the first and third options; the standard Lamia is a [[OurCentaursAreDifferent woman's upper torso with the body of a "beast" from the waist down]] -- although the artwork traditionally depicts it as a lion, an Ecology article for the race in ''DragonMagazine'' ''Magazine/DragonMagazine'' claims they also resemble goats, deer and antelopes -- whilst there also exists a "Noble Lamia" that resembles the more iconic snake-person version, although lack of artwork for it in 2nd edition and the fact it wasn't converted until the "Expedition to the Demonweb Pits" adventure in 3rd edition has kept it obscure. The aforementioned Ecology article even brings in the second option, stating that whilst Noble Lamais are either male or female, Common Lamias are all hermaphroditic, with the upper torso of a woman but both male and female genitalia on their bestial incarnation. In 4th edition, however, the Lamia was changed to a swarming species of fey carnivorous beetle with a HiveMind that [[TheWormThatWalks hollows out the skin of its victims and wears it as a disguise to secure more prey]].
26th Sep '16 5:12:44 PM WanderingBrowser
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** Lamia have a confusing history due to Lamia's own historically confusing mythology as either a [[SnakePeople snake woman]], a [[{{Hermaphrodite}} hermaphroditic]] [[WickedWitch hag]], or as a [[MixAndMatchCritters four-legged beast with a woman's head & breasts]]. All editions of ''D&D'' up through 3rd have used the last one as inspiration for a lion-centaur monster which ''somewhat'' follows it. However, 4th edition just decides to chuck all mythology out the window and attach the name to a swarm of insects that crawl over the skeleton of a dead humanoid and use spells to disguise themselves as people.

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** Lamia have a confusing history in the real world due to Lamia's own historically confusing mythology as either a [[SnakePeople snake woman]], a [[{{Hermaphrodite}} hermaphroditic]] [[WickedWitch hag]], or as a [[MixAndMatchCritters four-legged beast with a woman's head & breasts]]. All editions D&D actually traditionally uses a blend of ''D&D'' up through 3rd have used the last one first and third options; the standard Lamia is a [[OurCentaursAreDifferent woman's upper torso with the body of a "beast" from the waist down]] -- although the artwork traditionally depicts it as inspiration a lion, an Ecology article for the race in ''DragonMagazine'' claims they also resemble goats, deer and antelopes -- whilst there also exists a lion-centaur monster which ''somewhat'' follows it. However, 4th "Noble Lamia" that resembles the more iconic snake-person version, although lack of artwork for it in 2nd edition just decides and the fact it wasn't converted until the "Expedition to chuck the Demonweb Pits" adventure in 3rd edition has kept it obscure. The aforementioned Ecology article even brings in the second option, stating that whilst Noble Lamais are either male or female, Common Lamias are all mythology hermaphroditic, with the upper torso of a woman but both male and female genitalia on their bestial incarnation. In 4th edition, however, the Lamia was changed to a swarming species of fey carnivorous beetle with a HiveMind that [[TheWormThatWalks hollows out the window skin of its victims and attach the name to wears it as a swarm of insects that crawl over the skeleton of a dead humanoid and use spells to disguise themselves as people.to secure more prey]].
4th Aug '16 8:49:23 AM Bosco13
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* Ifrits"[[note]]A type of genie from Arabian mythology.[[/note]] in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are [[MuggleBornOfMages Warlocks born without the ability to do magic.]]

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* Ifrits"[[note]]A Ifrits[[note]]A type of genie from Arabian mythology.[[/note]] in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are [[MuggleBornOfMages Warlocks born without the ability to do magic.]]
4th Aug '16 8:49:04 AM Bosco13
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* Ifrits"[[note]]A type of genie from Arabian mythology.[[/note]] in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are [[MuggleBornOfMages Warlocks born without the ability to do magic.]]
4th Aug '16 8:44:50 AM Bosco13
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* The White Court vampires form ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are [[HornyDevils succubi/incubi]] and have nothing in common with vampires apart from feeding (sexual energy not blood) off humans.
31st Jul '16 8:59:38 AM NOYB
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* An odd variation on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' -- in Pylea, the dominant demon races refer to humans as "cows."

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* An odd variation on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' -- in Pylea, the dominant demon races refer to humans as "cows.""cows" (even though there's also an actual cow visible in the marketplace).
18th Jul '16 4:57:59 AM jormis29
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** The [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Kraken kraken]] looks suspiciously like the [[http://jeradsmarantz.blogspot.com/2010/04/kraken-for-clash-of-titans.html Kraken]] from the ''{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' remake. Notably, the kraken - along with several other monsters, including the Irish [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Banshee Banshee]] and the Arabic [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Rocs Roc]]) - isn't even from Greek mythology, so its presence in the game is clearly entirely in homage to ''Clash of the Titans''.

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** The [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Kraken kraken]] looks suspiciously like the [[http://jeradsmarantz.blogspot.com/2010/04/kraken-for-clash-of-titans.html Kraken]] from the ''{{Clash ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' remake. Notably, the kraken - along with several other monsters, including the Irish [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Banshee Banshee]] and the Arabic [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Rocs Roc]]) - isn't even from Greek mythology, so its presence in the game is clearly entirely in homage to ''Clash of the Titans''.
15th Jul '16 12:52:36 AM PaulA
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* The Kraken from ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' isn't the giant squid or crab monster of Scandinavian myth, but some kind of gigantic pseudo-Greek mermonster. In the original mythology, the sea monster that was going to destroy the city of Argos (unless they sacrificed Princess Andromeda) was called Cetus. (Which, incidentally, is where we get the scientific term ''cetaceans'', meaning whales.)

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* The Kraken from ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' isn't the giant squid or crab monster of Scandinavian myth, but some kind of gigantic pseudo-Greek mermonster. In the original mythology, the sea monster that was going to destroy the city of Argos (unless they sacrificed Princess Andromeda) was called Cetus. (Which, incidentally, is where we get the scientific term ''cetaceans'', meaning whales.)



** The [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Kraken kraken]] looks suspiciously like the [[http://jeradsmarantz.blogspot.com/2010/04/kraken-for-clash-of-titans.html Kraken]] from the ''ClashOfTheTitans'' remake. Notably, the kraken - along with several other monsters, including the Irish [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Banshee Banshee]] and the Arabic [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Rocs Roc]]) - isn't even from Greek mythology, so its presence in the game is clearly entirely in homage to ''Clash of the Titans''.

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** The [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Kraken kraken]] looks suspiciously like the [[http://jeradsmarantz.blogspot.com/2010/04/kraken-for-clash-of-titans.html Kraken]] from the ''ClashOfTheTitans'' ''{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' remake. Notably, the kraken - along with several other monsters, including the Irish [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Banshee Banshee]] and the Arabic [[http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Rocs Roc]]) - isn't even from Greek mythology, so its presence in the game is clearly entirely in homage to ''Clash of the Titans''.
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