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14th Jan '17 8:25:53 PM Luppercus
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' Christmas episode "X-Mas Marks" the Spot the eponymous ghostbuster overhear Santa and his reindeer traveling in the sky. Santa is implied to be not human but a spirit like the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future shown to be authentic in that episode.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' Christmas episode "X-Mas Marks" Marks the Spot Spot" the eponymous ghostbuster overhear Santa and his reindeer traveling in the sky. Santa is implied to be not human but a spirit like the [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future Future]] shown to be authentic in that episode.
14th Jan '17 8:24:26 PM Luppercus
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' Christmas episode "X-Mas Marks" the Spot the eponymous ghostbuster overhear Santa and his reindeer traveling in the sky. Santa is implied to be not human but a spirit like the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future shown to be authentic in that episode.
14th Jan '17 8:21:58 PM Luppercus
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* Santa Claus exists in the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' animated universe and is not an alien, but everything around him is explain with sci-fi elements and not magical. For example; his Elves are actually aliens, his flying reindeers are robots made by the Arquillians, the North Pole is a facade (he lives in New York) and in case he can't fulfill his work the higher ranking MIB should cover for him (Zed) which imply that the title of "Santa Claus" is given to a particular human and not a magical being. Albeit Santa does shows some unexplained abilities like helping Jay finding a suitable present for Kay.
25th Dec '16 2:57:12 PM EDP
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* Appears once in a while in the ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics, his exact role depending on the story. In one memorable occasion, [[HilarityEnsues police inspectors Casey and Rock Sassi mistook him for a burglar and arrested him]].
22nd Dec '16 9:12:41 AM dsneybuf
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Also, for humorous effect he is often portrayed as a [[BadSanta cold-hearted tyrant]], running his workshop with an iron fist while the elves are an exploited and resentful workforce. One example of such skewering came at the hands of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', which introduced a futuristic robot-Santa who judged the entire world as naughty [[spoiler:[[ThrowTheDogABone except]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Zoidberg]]]] and hunted down the worst offenders every Christmas. Running a close second is the revelation by Anya in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' that not only did Santa Claus exist, he was in fact a bloodthirsty demon -- perhaps inspired by the devil present in older stories of him.

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Also, for humorous effect he is often portrayed as a [[BadSanta cold-hearted tyrant]], running his workshop with an iron fist while the elves are an exploited and resentful workforce. One example of such skewering came at the hands of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', which introduced a futuristic robot-Santa who judged the entire world as naughty [[spoiler:[[ThrowTheDogABone ([[ThrowTheDogABone except]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Zoidberg]]]] Zoidberg]]) and hunted down the worst offenders every Christmas. Running a close second is the revelation by Anya in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' that not only did Santa Claus exist, he was in fact a bloodthirsty demon -- perhaps inspired by the devil present in older stories of him.
18th Dec '16 7:49:14 PM JMQwilleran
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* In ''Holly and Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure'', the two title characters spend most of the film at the North Pole and therefore naturally spend a lot of time with both Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.
18th Dec '16 5:31:38 AM Luppercus
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** Also several christmas especial of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', in one of them he is turn evil by Chlorydris.
5th Dec '16 6:56:50 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Santa Claus is universally envisioned as a [[BigFun festively overweight]] old man with [[BadassBeard a long white or silver beard]], who wears a red suit [[PrettyInMink with white trim]] and a matching [[{{Nice Hat}} cap]] (originally a red bishop's robe and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camauro camauro]]), black boots and a vast black belt worn across his belly. He lives at the North Pole (or in Lapland, or in Spain, or somewhere else depending on your culture -- the original St. Nick was Greek, from a city in what is now Turkey) and oversees a large workshop staffed by elves (diminutive commercial-friendly elves, not tall proud Tolkien-type elves --[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D players]] will see more of a resemblance to gnomes) who are often [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld far]] {{older than they look}}. These elves in their workshop produce toys year-round, and every Christmas Eve they load them into an [[BagOfHolding improbably roomy sack]] which Santa carries as he sets out to deliver them to all the good boys and girls of the world. His vehicle is a flying sleigh pulled by eight reindeer named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (with an option on a ninth, in the form of [[RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Rudolph]], on nights with poor visibility). He enters each house by the chimney, fills the residents' stockings (left hanging on the mantle for his attention) with the gifts and toys he brought, and then leaves the same way he came in. It is considered polite for the family to [[LeavingFoodForSanta set out a treat of milk and cookies, for his snack,]] and perhaps a tidbit for the reindeer too. It is traditional in certain versions of the legend that Santa can tell when children are sleeping and when they are awake and will only deliver presents to children who go to bed when they're told to on Christmas Eve and won't come if they try to stay awake to see him. This was almost certainly something started by parents in more recent times, as it doesn't seem to appear in earlier versions of the story. It was likely popularized by the line "He knows when you are sleeping; he knows when you're awake" from the song "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." (German and Scandinavian traditions use this same idea as ScareEmStraight NightmareFuel for toddlers). Note that this often simply does ''not'' apply in fiction and somehow even kids that are shown being told this still somehow end up getting to meet Santa Claus.

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Santa Claus is universally envisioned as a [[BigFun festively overweight]] [[CoolOldGuy old man man]] with [[BadassBeard a long white or silver beard]], who wears a red suit [[PrettyInMink with white trim]] and a matching [[{{Nice Hat}} cap]] (originally a red bishop's robe and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camauro camauro]]), black boots and a vast black belt worn across his belly. He lives at the North Pole (or in Lapland, or in Spain, or somewhere else depending on your culture -- the original St. Nick was Greek, from a city in what is now Turkey) and oversees a large workshop staffed by elves (diminutive commercial-friendly elves, not tall proud Tolkien-type elves --[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D players]] will see more of a resemblance to gnomes) who are often [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld far]] {{older than they look}}. These elves in their workshop produce toys year-round, and every Christmas Eve they load them into an [[BagOfHolding improbably roomy sack]] which Santa carries as he sets out to deliver them to all the good boys and girls of the world. His vehicle is a flying sleigh pulled by eight reindeer named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (with an option on a ninth, in the form of [[RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Rudolph]], on nights with poor visibility). He enters each house by the chimney, fills the residents' stockings (left hanging on the mantle for his attention) with the gifts and toys he brought, and then leaves the same way he came in. It is considered polite for the family to [[LeavingFoodForSanta set out a treat of milk and cookies, for his snack,]] and perhaps a tidbit for the reindeer too. It is traditional in certain versions of the legend that Santa can tell when children are sleeping and when they are awake and will only deliver presents to children who go to bed when they're told to on Christmas Eve and won't come if they try to stay awake to see him. This was almost certainly something started by parents in more recent times, as it doesn't seem to appear in earlier versions of the story. It was likely popularized by the line "He knows when you are sleeping; he knows when you're awake" from the song "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." (German and Scandinavian traditions use this same idea as ScareEmStraight NightmareFuel for toddlers). Note that this often simply does ''not'' apply in fiction and somehow even kids that are shown being told this still somehow end up getting to meet Santa Claus.
12th Nov '16 2:11:25 AM Morgenthaler
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Since the beginning of the twentieth century, there has also been a small movement to explain how Santa came to be, and continues to be. The most prominent backstory for the modern Santa (meaning, not derived from various folklore), comes from Creator/LFrankBaum's (of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' fame) novel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndAdventuresOfSantaClaus''. This story gives Santa a bit of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' treatment, as there's plenty of strife and battles between the good fairies that raised Santa, and their enemies, a group of rock-monsters. This story has been made into at least two animated films, and continues to be one of the most popular backstories for Santa over 100 years after its first publication. Speaking of Tolkien, he too made his own spin on Santa Claus in ''Literature/TheFatherChristmasLetters''. ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Harry saying that Santa is a fairy.[[note]]Butcher has hinted that he is basically the Fairy King of Winter and a counterpoart of sorts to Mab. One may assume he represents the goodwill and generosity that the harshness of Winter (Mab) brings out in people. Either way, he is a {{Badass}}, and Harry knows it.[[/note]] Harry's not willing to summon him either. He'll mess with TheFairFolk, but Santa, no way.

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Since the beginning of the twentieth century, there has also been a small movement to explain how Santa came to be, and continues to be. The most prominent backstory for the modern Santa (meaning, not derived from various folklore), comes from Creator/LFrankBaum's (of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' fame) novel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndAdventuresOfSantaClaus''. This story gives Santa a bit of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' treatment, as there's plenty of strife and battles between the good fairies that raised Santa, and their enemies, a group of rock-monsters. This story has been made into at least two animated films, and continues to be one of the most popular backstories for Santa over 100 years after its first publication. Speaking of Tolkien, he too made his own spin on Santa Claus in ''Literature/TheFatherChristmasLetters''. ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Harry saying that Santa is a fairy.[[note]]Butcher has hinted that he is basically the Fairy King of Winter and a counterpoart of sorts to Mab. One may assume he represents the goodwill and generosity that the harshness of Winter (Mab) brings out in people. Either way, he is a {{Badass}}, badass, and Harry knows it.[[/note]] Harry's not willing to summon him either. He'll mess with TheFairFolk, but Santa, no way.
29th Oct '16 5:41:16 PM MagnusForce
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* Tim Burton's ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', in which Jack, the leader of Halloween town, decides to give Santa a vacation by kidnapping him and takes on the job himself.
* Rise of the Guardians.

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* Tim Burton's ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', in which Jack, the leader of Halloween {{Halloween}} town, decides to give Santa a vacation by kidnapping him and takes on the job himself.
* Rise In ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', Santa Claus is the leader of the Guardians.title guardians, but is referred as North in the film.
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