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6th Sep '17 12:02:17 AM PaulA
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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 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.
6th Sep '17 12:00:04 AM PaulA
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* An odd variation on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' -- in Pylea, the dominant demon races refer to humans as "cows" (even though there's also an actual cow visible in the marketplace).
10th Aug '17 11:08:36 AM VenomousSeal
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** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' took a pterosaur mecha and referred to it as the Drago Zord.

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** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' took a pterosaur mecha and referred to it as the Drago Zord. Justified, as the character is a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for the original Green Ranger, who piloted the Dragon Zord.
19th Jul '17 11:14:17 AM BeerBaron
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** Downplayed by the series' dragons as they appear in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where they are closer in shape to Wyverns (forelimbs that are also wings) than more standard dragons (four legs with wings as additional appendages). This example is rather defensible, as no clear distinction was even made between the two creatures throughout much of European history. Downplayed because, other than this one physical difference, ''ES'' dragons fit many other traditional notions of dragons (including possessing human-like intelligence while traditional wyverns do not).

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** Downplayed by the series' dragons [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] as they appear in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where they are closer in shape to Wyverns wyverns (forelimbs that are also wings) than more standard dragons (four legs with wings as additional appendages). This example is rather defensible, as no clear distinction was even made between the two creatures throughout much of European history. Downplayed because, other than this one physical difference, ''ES'' dragons fit many other traditional notions of dragons (including possessing human-like intelligence while traditional wyverns do not).
7th Jul '17 10:10:24 AM BeerBaron
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* In Cornish folklore, a spriggan is a kind of goblin that can grow to giant size. In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', it's basically a mix of a dryad and the Faun from ''Film/PansLabyrinth''.
** The dragons in the fifth game "Skyrim" are closer to Wyverns than to actual dragons.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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In Cornish folklore, a spriggan Spriggan is a kind of goblin that can grow to giant size. with SizeShifter powers. In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', it's basically a mix of a dryad and the Faun from ''Film/PansLabyrinth''.
''ES'' series, they are a hostile [[WhenTreesAttack tree-like]] PlantPeople race with a GaiasVengeance tilt, more akin to violent dryads.
** The Downplayed by the series' dragons as they appear in the fifth game "Skyrim" ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where they are closer in shape to Wyverns (forelimbs that are also wings) than to actual dragons.more standard dragons (four legs with wings as additional appendages). This example is rather defensible, as no clear distinction was even made between the two creatures throughout much of European history. Downplayed because, other than this one physical difference, ''ES'' dragons fit many other traditional notions of dragons (including possessing human-like intelligence while traditional wyverns do not).
4th Jul '17 10:52:18 AM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has Octoroks that more resemble Deku Scrubs. According to one interpretation (which happens to be shared by series creator Shigeru Miyamoto) each ''Zelda'' title is a differently corrupted version of the same core story rather than an entirely new chapter in Hyrule's history, a notion which the unusual in-universe use of this trope would appear to support.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' have Octoroks that more resemble Deku Scrubs. According to one interpretation (which happens to be shared by series creator Shigeru Miyamoto) Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto) each ''Zelda'' title is a differently corrupted version of the same core story rather than an entirely new chapter in Hyrule's history, a notion which the unusual in-universe use of this trope would appear to support.
26th Jun '17 7:16:48 PM nombretomado
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** The term Alicorn to describe the WingedUnicorn, which later became AscendedFanon. The Term Alicorn usually refers to the theoretical substance of a Unicorn's horn, barring the fact there were already fan terms in play from previous generations ("Unipeg" and "Pegicorn" come to mind). TheOtherWiki traces the usage of "alicorn" to mean "winged unicorn" back to a book by Creator/PiersAnthony, originally written in 1984.

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** The term Alicorn to describe the WingedUnicorn, which later became AscendedFanon. The Term Alicorn usually refers to the theoretical substance of a Unicorn's horn, barring the fact there were already fan terms in play from previous generations ("Unipeg" and "Pegicorn" come to mind). TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki traces the usage of "alicorn" to mean "winged unicorn" back to a book by Creator/PiersAnthony, originally written in 1984.
16th May '17 3:23:00 PM Theriocephalus
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** The French edition of the game has an example born of a translation screwup: the [[SandWorm Wurm]] creature type called "guivre", which is french for... wyrm. Oops. Now go look for the flying lizard characteristics in a giant man-eating worm.

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** The French edition of the game has something of an ambiguous example born of a translation screwup: mixup: the [[SandWorm Wurm]] Wurm creature type, which encompasses enormous serpentine or wormlike monsters, is called "guivre" in the French translation. The ambiguity comes from the fact that “guivre” can refer to two things in French: on the one hand, it can refer to the original interpretation in Western tradition of dragons as limbless, serpentine monsters not far off from the game’s version (this was the type found in Greco-Roman myth, and also what the English term “wyrm” -- pronounced “worm” -- originally referred to). On the other hand, it can also mean wyvern -- that is, a birdlike, bipedal bat-winged dragon more like ''[=M:tG=]'''s drake creature type called "guivre", which is french for... wyrm. Oops. Now go look for the flying lizard characteristics in a giant man-eating worm.than anything else.
7th May '17 7:11:34 PM Golondrina
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** While we're at it, the trolls are are a race of [[CuteMonsterGirl Cute Monster People]] whose infant forms are reminiscent of [[BizarreAlienBiology insects]] and whose life cycle and physiology is just a tad [[ArtMajorBiology strange]]. While not a full example -- [[AllTrollsAreDifferent myths about trolls rarely agree on anything]] -- the ''Homestuck'' depiction was intended to be rooted more in the idea of [[{{Troll}} internet trolls]] (that's all the characters were before AndrewHussie decided to make them relevant to the plot), and as such are certainly divorced from the traditional brutish, man-eating monsters that live under bridges.

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** While we're at it, the trolls are are a race of [[CuteMonsterGirl Cute Monster People]] whose infant forms are reminiscent of [[BizarreAlienBiology insects]] and whose life cycle and physiology is just a tad [[ArtMajorBiology strange]]. While not a full example -- [[AllTrollsAreDifferent myths about trolls rarely agree on anything]] -- the ''Homestuck'' depiction was intended to be rooted more in the idea of [[{{Troll}} internet trolls]] (that's all the characters were before AndrewHussie Creator/AndrewHussie decided to make them relevant to the plot), and as such are certainly divorced from the traditional brutish, man-eating monsters that live under bridges.
1st May '17 8:48:42 AM Theriocephalus
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*** Ditto for ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III''.
*** Incidentally, the word "Gorgon" literally means "horror".



** The French edition of the game has an example born of a translation screwup : the [[SandWorm Wurm]] creature type called "guivre", which is french for... wyrm. Oops. Now go look for the flying lizard characteristics in a giant man-eating worm.

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** The French edition of the game has an example born of a translation screwup : screwup: the [[SandWorm Wurm]] creature type called "guivre", which is french for... wyrm. Oops. Now go look for the flying lizard characteristics in a giant man-eating worm.



* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' has Centaurs, mutated creatures which look like... Well, [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Centaur#Variations see for yourself.]] Though, given the setting, the characters probably just named the new monsters after the mythological creature that shared their basic body shape. The dev team certainly did.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' has Centaurs, mutated creatures which look like... Well, [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Centaur#Variations see for yourself.]] yourself]]. Though, given the setting, the characters probably just named the new monsters after the mythological creature that shared their basic body shape. The dev team certainly did.


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