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18th Sep '16 5:49:55 AM SAMAS
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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}, being a derivative of TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, reuses the classic gynosphinx/androsphinx/criosphinx/hieracosphinx setup originally used the 2nd and 3rd editions of its parent. The biggest difference is that, rather than tying species to parentage, the four races are born specifically of different kinds of mating between a gynosphinx and any of the three males; couplings born of love or respect produce gynospinxes and androsphinxes, couplings born from selfish desires or simple carnal lust produce criosphinxes, and [[ChildByRape hieracospinxes are born from acts of hate and violence]]. (However, a gynosphinx is [[MamaBear always fiercely protective of her cubs]], no matter ''who'' the father was or how they were conceived.)

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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}, being a derivative of TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, reuses the classic gynosphinx/androsphinx/criosphinx/hieracosphinx setup originally used the 2nd and 3rd editions of its parent. The biggest difference is that, rather than tying species to parentage, the four races are born specifically of different kinds of mating between a gynosphinx and any of the three males; couplings born of love or respect produce gynospinxes and androsphinxes, couplings born from selfish desires or simple carnal lust produce criosphinxes, criosphinxes(which means that both a Criosphinx trying to seduce an Gynosphinx ''and'' a Gynosphinx bedding an Androsphinx both have to work to earn their paramour's respect if they want daughters), and [[ChildByRape hieracospinxes are born from acts of hate and violence]]. (However, a gynosphinx is [[MamaBear always fiercely protective of her cubs]], no matter ''who'' the father was or how they were conceived.)
17th Aug '16 6:26:10 PM WillBGood
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* The Southern Oracle in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' is protected by two sphinxes whose gazes trap a victim within their own mind until he answers every riddle in the world. All their victims die of thirst long before coming close to finishing. (They let some people by unharmed, but [[OrangeAndBlueMorality]] no-one knows just what methods they have for determining who is worthy enough to pass; Engywook, who spent all his life studying them, cannot figure it out, and ''not'' for lack of trying.)

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* The Southern Oracle in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' is protected by two sphinxes whose gazes trap a victim within their own mind until he answers every riddle in the world. All their victims die of thirst long before coming close to finishing. (They let some people by unharmed, but [[OrangeAndBlueMorality]] [[OrangeAndBlueMorality no-one knows just what methods they have have]] for determining who is worthy enough to pass; Engywook, who spent all his life studying them, cannot figure it out, and ''not'' for lack of trying.)
4th Aug '16 11:28:01 PM LadyNorbert
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* In the episode "Brinkadoom," to escape from the eponymous disappearing village, WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} and Lydia must correctly answer the riddle posed by the Stinx, a giant sphinx-like skunk with the personality of a game show host.
24th Jul '16 7:04:39 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' mentions several sphinxes.

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* ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' The ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'' mentions several sphinxes.
10th Jul '16 3:02:18 PM nighttrainfm
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* In a print-only strip for the book 5 collection of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the heroes visit a roadside stop with a sphinx as a cashier. The sphinx speaks exclusively in riddles, but [[TheDitz Elan]] has a surprising knack for them due to his bard training. Vaarsuvius is so verbose, they inadvertently win two free ice creams by stumping it.
16th Apr '16 7:16:54 PM maddthesane
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** As a general rule, it's averted with Michelle. WordOfGod states that she's no more prone to asking riddles than any other person.
27th Jan '16 5:40:22 AM Kayube
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* Dora Sphinx from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' takes the human form of a game show host who asks riddles to children (and later, the Rangers), and traps them inside trees when they answer wrong. He even asks the classic sphinx riddle to stump the first kid at the beginning of the episode. The heroes eventually turn this against him, defeating him by [[BriarPatching tricking him into asking them what his weak point is]] (because he always reveals the correct answer to riddles after receiving a wrong answer).
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18th Nov '15 12:13:21 PM DaibhidC
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* In OdgenNash's poem "Fables Bullfinch Forgot: The Thirteenth Labor of Hercules", the Roman Gods declared that in order to prove himself worthy of being a god, Hercules had to defeat the Sphinx in a riddle contest.

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* In OdgenNash's Creator/OgdenNash's poem "Fables Bullfinch Forgot: The Thirteenth Labor of Hercules", the Roman Gods declared that in order to prove himself worthy of being a god, Hercules had to defeat the Sphinx in a riddle contest.
18th Oct '15 2:49:31 AM Anddrix
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* Played with in ''Webcomic/SkinDeep''. Michelle Jocasta, who is a Sphinx, once dressed up for Halloween as Comicbook/{{The Riddler}}, because [[WordOfGod she thinks]] [[LampshadeHanging she's being clever]].

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* Played with in ''Webcomic/SkinDeep''. Michelle Jocasta, who is a Sphinx, once dressed up for Halloween as Comicbook/{{The Riddler}}, The Riddler, because [[WordOfGod she thinks]] [[LampshadeHanging she's being clever]].
1st Oct '15 5:28:19 AM Phred
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* The Sphinx in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' is one of these. She notes that this makes her way cooler than her twin sister Callista, who doesn't tell riddles at all and just outright attacks people instead.
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