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13th May '18 3:48:02 PM jonrgrover2
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* The sheepshead fish has what appears to be human teeth.
12th May '18 4:53:22 PM MagnusForce
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* Medieval bestiaries are loaded with these kinds of animals as when travelers and writers sought to describe unfamiliar animals they used comparisons (tusks = boar, slim with hooves = deer, horns = goat, etc.) The result is that when illustrators who have never seen these animals are given such descriptions, they get taken literally. In addition to the Manticore mentioned above, other popular bestiary inclusions are:
** The Leucrotta (or Crocotta) had the head of a badger, the tail and body of a lion, and the legs of a deer, combined with a SlasherSmile of gnashing sharpened bone, the ability to mimic voices, and a stiff spine that made it lightning fast. Allegedly an exaggerated and jumbled description of a cheetah and a hyena.
** The Yale had the body of antelope, the legs of a horse, the tusks of a boar, and the tail of an elephant, possessing the ability to swivel its horns in any direction. Often appears in heraldry, but not that frequently at the better-known university. Suspected to have been an Arabian oryx.
** The Parandrus had the legs of an ibex, the head and antlers of a stag, the body of a bear, and the remarkable ability to blend in with its surroundings like an octopus. Theorized to be a messed-up description of a reindeer or a moose.
** The Catoblepas (mistakenly called the Gorgon by Edward Topsell), a hideous bull-like creature with a long neck, a boar-like head, scaly skin, and a DeadlyGaze. Allegedly a misrepresentation of the perfectly harmless wildebeest.
** The Bonnacon was another fantasical bovine, resembling a horse with a bull's head and tiny ram-like horns useless for defense. Instead, it relied on an extreme form of {{Fartillery}} to keep enemies at bay.
** The Mermecolion, a giant ant with the head of a lion that was always doomed to starve to death due to its incompatible digestive system (the lion head can only eat meat, but the ant body can only digest grain). Supposedly originated from a mistranslated Bible when an ancient word for "lion" became jumbled up with the Greek word for "ant".
** The BasiliskAndCockatrice -- half-chicken, half-snake, all lethal.



* Many Mix-and-Match Critters that lacked a basis in classic myth appear in heraldry.A good example is the Enfield, the crest of the O'Kelly clan. It has the head of a fox, the forelegs of an eagle, the chest of a greyhound, the body of a lion and hindlegs and tail of a wolf.

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* Many Mix-and-Match Critters that lacked a basis in classic myth appear in heraldry. A good example is the Enfield, the crest of the O'Kelly clan. It has the head of a fox, the forelegs of an eagle, the chest of a greyhound, the body of a lion and hindlegs and tail of a wolf.wolf.
** Another one is the Ypotryll, described as having a camel's body, an ox's legs, a snake's tail, and a boar's head -- theorized by some to be a garbled description of a hippopotamus ("ypotame" in Middle English).



* Myth/HinduMythology brings us the makara, a sea creature with the body of a crocodile, the trunk of an elephant, the paws of a lion, and the tail of a fish with a peacock's feathers at the end of it. Some versions also add a boar's tusks, a monkey's eyes, or a stag's antlers. [[UpToEleven And if that wasn't enough]], it's ''also'' often depicted with a serpent emerging from its mouth. And yes, that ''is'' where [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} they got the name from.]]
* In Myth/JapaneseMythology there is a chimerical creature called the nue, with the body of a dog, the legs of a tiger, the face of a baboon, the tail of a snake, and the voice of a thrush. Famously the Emperor Konoe suffered nightmares, and one of his servants noticed a black cloud hanging over the palace. The servant shot an arrow at the cloud and out of it fell the monstrous nue.

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* Myth/HinduMythology brings us the makara, Makara, a sea creature with the body of a crocodile, the trunk of an elephant, the paws of a lion, and the tail of a fish with a peacock's feathers at the end of it. Some versions also add a boar's tusks, a monkey's eyes, or a stag's antlers. [[UpToEleven And if that wasn't enough]], it's ''also'' often depicted with a serpent emerging from its mouth. And yes, that ''is'' where [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} they got the name from.]]
* In Myth/JapaneseMythology there is a chimerical creature called the nue, Nue, with the body of a dog, the legs of a tiger, the face of a baboon, the tail of a snake, and the voice of a thrush. Famously the Emperor Konoe suffered nightmares, and one of his servants noticed a black cloud hanging over the palace. The servant shot an arrow at the cloud and out of it fell the monstrous nue.Nue.
** Also from Japanese myth is the baku is a DreamEater with the head of an elephant, the body and limbs of a tiger, the ears and eyes of a rhinoceros, and the tail of an ox. The coincidental resemblance to a real life Malayan tapir led to the Japanese using "''baku''" as their word for "tapir".
** The Ushi-Oni, a coastal monster resembling a GiantSpider with the head of an ox and the limbs of a crab. It is often seen with another Mix-and-Match Critter, the Nure-Onna, a giant snake with a woman's head and arms, working in tandem to catch humans to eat.


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* The Ahool is a cryptid from Southeast Asia described as a hybrid of a monkey and a bat.
* Many FearsomeCrittersOfAmericanFolklore. Asides the famous rabbit-deer known as the Jackalope, there's also:
** The Hodag. Exactly what kind of animal parts are in there vary, but one source gives it "the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end".
** The Shagamaw resembles a bear with the hindquarters of a moose. It alternate between walking on its forelegs and its hind legs in order to confuse hunters.
** The Lufferlang is a GiantSpider with a horse's head that fears nothing but its own reflection, for its hideousness is the only thing that can repel it.
** The Upland Trout is a fish with wings, while the Bildad is half-beaver, half-duck, and a better swimmer than either.


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** Ostriches were traditionally described as having camels' legs by the Greeks and Romans (and the medieval peoples who inherited their knowledge of animals). Compare [[https://53744bf91d44b81762e0-fbbc959d4e21c00b07dbe9c75f9c0b63.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/media/B1/B1AECE73-5C6F-43E3-903D-40710329D437/Presentation.Large/Feet-of-ostrich-ssp-australis.jpg an ostrich's foot]] with a [[http://stillunfold.com/public/upload/post_thumb/6_Amazing_Things_We_Should_Learn_From_Camel_Feet.jpg a camel's foot]], and you'll see where they were coming from.
12th May '18 11:39:27 AM Theriocephalus
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*** Manticores are lions with bat wings and scorpion tails. "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E6NoSecondPrances No Second Prances]]" episode has a manticore that also sports a pair of horns.

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*** Manticores are lions with bat wings and scorpion tails. "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E6NoSecondPrances No Second Prances]]" episode has a manticore that also sports a pair of horns.
12th May '18 11:38:49 AM Theriocephalus
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*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E9NonCompeteClause Non-Compete Clause]]", the main characters are menaced by a school of biteacudas, piranha-like fish with bat wings.
27th Apr '18 5:31:35 PM Fews1990
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* ''Webcomic/TheComicAdventuresOfLeftAndRight'': Owldog is the result of "unspeakable owl/dog atrocities."
19th Apr '18 9:12:03 PM Kolic
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* Deathstalker Rexxar in ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'' lets you make your own with your hero power. Choose a beast from two sets of three, smash them together, and have fun!
3rd Apr '18 1:15:20 PM ZootyCutie94
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Unikitty}}'' has the title character, who is half-kitten, half-unicorn. Others include her brother Puppycorn (half-puppy, half-unicorn), her bodyguard Hawkodile (half hawk, half crocodile), and Hawkodile's rival, Eagleator (half-eagle, half-alligator).
26th Mar '18 3:44:46 AM BigJimbo
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** Variation occurs in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 its sequel]], where the Chao develop physical traits similar to the small animals they play with (bunny ears, peacock crest, tiger arms...). Neutral and Dark "Run Type" Chao resemble Sonic and Shadow respectively, with blue or black striped head spines. Also, it's possible to make one look like freakin' CHAOS.

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** Variation occurs in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 its sequel]], where the Chao develop physical traits similar to the small animals they play with (bunny ears, peacock crest, tiger arms...). Neutral and Dark "Run Type" Chao resemble Sonic and Shadow respectively, with blue or black striped head spines. Also, it's possible to make one look like freakin' CHAOS.''Chaos''.



** And the actual series had the slightly less nightmarish but still pretty scary buzzard wasps. In other words, ''goddamned wasps'' the size of a freaking vulture. A ''big'' vulture.

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** And the actual series had the slightly less nightmarish but still pretty scary buzzard wasps. In other words, ''goddamned wasps'' ''wasps'' the size of a freaking vulture. A ''big'' vulture.



** The platypus injects its venom through the spurs on its FEET. While not stolen from another animal, it is still a damn freaky thing to do.

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** The platypus injects its venom through the spurs on its FEET. ''feet''. While not stolen from another animal, it is still a damn freaky thing to do.
9th Mar '18 9:34:16 PM MagnusForce
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** Persian mythology gave us the sphinx-like Manticore, a carnivorous, monstrous beast with a humanoid face and a mouthful of sharp teeth, the mane and the body of a lion and the tail of either a scorpion or a dragon which can shoot poisonous spikes. In modern fantasy, it is common to give them bat-like wings as well. The monster originated in Persian folklore, but eventually found its way into Greek mythology.

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** * Persian mythology gave us the sphinx-like Manticore, a carnivorous, monstrous beast with a humanoid face and a mouthful of sharp teeth, the mane and the body of a lion and the tail of either a scorpion or a dragon which can shoot poisonous spikes. In modern fantasy, it is common to give them bat-like wings as well. The monster originated in Persian folklore, but eventually found its way into Greek mythology.



** Legend has it that the distinctive Chinese dragon was created when the first emperor took the heraldic animals of the states he had conquered and sintered parts of them together: horns from a deer, wings from an eagle, tail from a snake and so on.
* Many works of fantasy using these exact same mythological creatures.
** They also saw extensive use in heraldry, along with many other Mix-and-Match Critters that lacked a basis in classic myth.

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** Legend has it that the distinctive Chinese dragon was created when the first emperor took the heraldic animals of the states he had conquered and sintered parts of them together: horns from a deer, wings from an eagle, tail from a snake and so on.
* Many works of fantasy using these exact same mythological creatures.
** They also saw extensive use in heraldry, along with many other
Mix-and-Match Critters that lacked a basis in classic myth.myth appear in heraldry.A good example is the Enfield, the crest of the O'Kelly clan. It has the head of a fox, the forelegs of an eagle, the chest of a greyhound, the body of a lion and hindlegs and tail of a wolf.



** Actually, in some sources, Orthrys wasn't Kerberos's brother...well, not ''full'' brother. He was his half-brother...''[[{{Squick}} and father]]'' (Ekidne was mother [[ParentalIncest to them both]]).

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** Actually, in some sources, Orthrys Orthus wasn't Kerberos's Cerberus's brother...well, not ''full'' brother. He was his half-brother...''[[{{Squick}} and father]]'' (Ekidne (Echidna was mother [[ParentalIncest to them both]]).



** A long, or Chinese dragon, is said to have the head of a camel, horns of a deer, eyes of a demon, neck of a snake, belly of a clam, scales of a carp, claws of an eagle, palms of a tiger, and ears of a cow. They often sport beards and/or whiskers as well. Similar or identical creatures under different names, such as the ryus of Myth/JapaneseMythology or the ryongs of Myth/KoreanMythology, feature in most East Asian mythologies.

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** A long, or Chinese dragon, is said to have the head of a camel, horns of a deer, eyes of a demon, neck of a snake, belly of a clam, scales of a carp, claws of an eagle, palms of a tiger, and ears of a cow. They often sport beards and/or whiskers as well. Similar or identical creatures under different names, such as the ryus of Myth/JapaneseMythology or the ryongs of Myth/KoreanMythology, feature in most East Asian mythologies. Legend has it that this appearance was created when the first emperor took the heraldic animals of the states he had conquered and put parts of them together.



** Longmas, also known as dragon-horses, are depicted as winged horses with dragon scales and heads.
* TheJerseyDevil.

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** Longmas, Longma, also known as dragon-horses, the dragon-horse, are depicted as winged horses with dragon scales and heads.
heads. There's also the Longgui, or dragon turtle.
* TheJerseyDevil.TheJerseyDevil -- body and head of a horse, legs of a stork, wings of a bat, horns, and a devil-like tail.



* The worst of all? The Tarasque. It had the head of a lion, the body of a bull, the shell of a tortoise covered in spikes, six bear legs, and the tail of a serpent with a fish's fin. Doesn't much look like its ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' counterpart.

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* The worst of all? The Tarasque.Tarasque of French folklore. It had the head of a lion, the body of a bull, the shell of a tortoise covered in spikes, six bear legs, and the tail of a serpent with a fish's fin. Doesn't much look like its ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' counterpart.



* The Enfield, the crest of the O'Kelly clan. It has the head of a fox, the forelegs of an eagle, the chest of a greyhound, the body of a lion and hindlegs and tail of a wolf.

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* The Enfield, the crest of the O'Kelly clan. It has Questing Beast that Myth/KingArthur encountered had the head of a fox, the forelegs of an eagle, the chest of a greyhound, snake, the body of a lion leopard, the legs of a deer, and hindlegs and the tail of a wolf.lion. If you think about it, it sounds a lot like a giraffe, which some scholars have suggested as what the creature is based on.
8th Mar '18 6:40:37 AM Morgenthaler
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** Dr. Wu also points out in ''World'' that ''Jurassic Park'' has been doing this ever since the beginning: even their "normal" dinosaurs have gaps in the genome filled in with the DNA of amphibians, reptiles, or birds. They have never, in the history of the park, produced a "pure" dinosaur.

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** Dr. Wu also points out in ''World'' that ''Jurassic Park'' Jurassic Park has been doing this ever since the beginning: even their "normal" dinosaurs have gaps in the genome filled in with the DNA of amphibians, reptiles, or birds. They have never, in the history of the park, produced a "pure" dinosaur.
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