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5th Dec '17 10:13:34 PM WaterBlap
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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendQuest'': [[spoiler:Adult]] [[UsefulNotes/AztecMythology Quetzalcoatl]] is portrayed as one of these with a serpentine lower body and the upper body of a scaled human with fangs and a forked tongue that wears ceremonial Aztec clothing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendQuest'': [[spoiler:Adult]] [[UsefulNotes/AztecMythology [[Myth/AztecMythology Quetzalcoatl]] is portrayed as one of these with a serpentine lower body and the upper body of a scaled human with fangs and a forked tongue that wears ceremonial Aztec clothing.
23rd Nov '17 10:19:08 AM Theriocephalus
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** While gorgons are normally humanoids with reptilian skin and writhing serpent tails instead of hair, the gorgons of Theros have the lower bodies of enormous snakes where other gorgons would have humanoid legs. [[https://magiccards.info/query?q=%21Pharika%2C+God+of+Affliction Pharika]], the goddess of poisons and medicine and the progenitor and chief deity of the gorgons, herself takes the form of an enormous snake person. In addition, one non-Theros card, [[https://magiccards.info/ori/en/176.html Evolutionary Leap]], shows a giant python shedding its skin to become a snake-bodied gorgon.

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** While gorgons are normally humanoids with reptilian skin and writhing serpent tails instead of hair, the gorgons of Theros have the lower bodies of enormous snakes where other gorgons would have humanoid legs. [[https://magiccards.info/query?q=%21Pharika%2C+God+of+Affliction Pharika]], the goddess of poisons and medicine and the progenitor and chief deity of the gorgons, herself takes the form of an enormous snake person. In addition, one non-Theros One card, [[https://magiccards.info/ori/en/176.html Evolutionary Leap]], shows a giant python shedding its skin to become a snake-bodied gorgon.
23rd Nov '17 10:17:14 AM Theriocephalus
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Snake People, Naga, Lamia, or [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse "Sneople"]] are a {{liminal being}} usually depicted with a human head, arms and torso with the added twist of a snake's tail, similar in many respects to a [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]], [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]], and [[FogFeet some]] [[OurGeniesAreDifferent genies]]. Beings like this can also involve more exotic bodily configurations such as [[WingedTropes wings]] or changing the ratio of snake to human. Also, for some reason, most examples are female.[[note]]The reason is breasts.[[/note]]

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Snake People, Naga, Lamia, Lamia or [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse "Sneople"]] are a type of {{liminal being}} usually depicted with a human head, arms and torso with the added twist of a snake's tail, tail as a lower body, similar in many respects to a [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]], [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]], and [[FogFeet some]] [[OurGeniesAreDifferent genies]]. Beings like this can also involve more exotic bodily configurations such as [[WingedTropes wings]] or changing the ratio of snake to human. Also, for some reason, most examples are female.[[note]]The reason is breasts.[[/note]]



Snake People may have some aquatic ability as well, either being superior swimmers or actually able to breathe underwater, in which case they would be a subtrope of UnscaledMerfolk, with the best of both worlds. They may or may not talk in SssssnakeTalk. Similarly, they are often evil because SnakesAreSinister, but like many other {{Cute Monster Girl}}s, DarkIsNotEvil may come into play. Or they were already villains who just [[ScaledUp turned into snakes]].

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Snake People may have some proficiency for aquatic ability movement as well, either being superior swimmers than other species or actually being able to breathe underwater, in which case they would be a subtrope of UnscaledMerfolk, with the best of both worlds. They may or may not talk in SssssnakeTalk. Similarly, they are often evil because SnakesAreSinister, but like many other {{Cute Monster Girl}}s, DarkIsNotEvil may come into play. Or they were already villains who just [[ScaledUp turned into snakes]].



Compare with LizardFolk, TheReptilians, and GorgeousGorgon when the Snake Person is hot. Because SnakesAreSexy, this happens quite often even though snake people are, like mermaids, frequently subject to the MermaidProblem.

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Compare with LizardFolk, LizardFolk and TheReptilians, and with GorgeousGorgon when the Snake Person is hot. Because SnakesAreSexy, this happens quite often even though snake people are, like mermaids, frequently subject to the MermaidProblem.



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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** Nagas, giant serpents with the arms, heads and torsos of reptilian humanoids, are a dedicated in-game creature type. They are found on the planes of Tarkir -- where they are the rulers of the Sultai Brood, a clan of necromancers, sorcerers and assassins who inhabit the plane's swamps and jungles -- and Amonkhet -- where they are visually based on cobras, although some have elements of other snakes such as [[https://magiccards.info/hou/en/134.html sidewinders]].
** An odd example of this trope are the [[https://magiccards.info/mm3/en/157.html coiling oracles]] of Ravnica, which are explicitly MixAndMatchCritters created by the {{Mad Scientist}}s of the Simic Combine by splicing together elf and snake. They do not have the naga creature type, although it is worth noting that they predate said type's introduction by some years.
** While gorgons are normally humanoids with reptilian skin and writhing serpent tails instead of hair, the gorgons of Theros have the lower bodies of enormous snakes where other gorgons would have humanoid legs. [[https://magiccards.info/query?q=%21Pharika%2C+God+of+Affliction Pharika]], the goddess of poisons and medicine and the progenitor and chief deity of the gorgons, herself takes the form of an enormous snake person. In addition, one non-Theros card, [[https://magiccards.info/ori/en/176.html Evolutionary Leap]], shows a giant python shedding its skin to become a snake-bodied gorgon.
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12th Nov '17 12:45:44 AM Mukademaoh
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* ''Manga/UshioAndTora'' has two rather unusual examples in Hitotsuki, the eastern "jashin" (serpent god) and his western counterpart: technically, they are snake demons, but the former usually looks like a gigantic, purple {{Oni}} with a round, smooth faced, one horn and monk-like robes and staff, but his massive body is [[BodyOfBodies actually composed of intervined, coiled snakes he can manipulate]] and his base form is a humanoid-headed serpent with a big horn. His western counterpart is even weirder, looking like an odd-eyed old monk with a giant snake going "through" his abdomen (the tail in the front, the head sprouting from the back and looming over him) and the serpent head is [[BodyHorror split in four]], acting like four separate heads.
* [[MakingASplash Hua She]] from ''Manga/SazanEyes'' is a benevolent example, turning into a snake-woman with fins and CreepilyLongArms with FemmeFatalons when needed. She also has a more sinister and demonic form when she's BrainwashedAndCrazy, including one where she turns gigantic and resembles a Hydra Person. One of the minor demons serving Shiva [[spoiler: after his release from the Sacred Demon Stone]] is She Gui ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Snake Demon]]), a demonic-looking human-headed snake.
9th Nov '17 1:52:40 PM TheNerevarine
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* Vampires in ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn'' are generally referred to as ''culebras'' (snakes) and have reptilian traits like serpent-like fangs, eyes and scales.


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* Vampires in ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn'' are generally referred to as ''culebras'' (snakes) and have reptilian traits like serpent-like fangs, eyes and scales.
9th Nov '17 10:57:28 AM TheNerevarine
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* Vampires in ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn'' are generally referred to as ''culebras'' (snakes) and have reptilian traits like serpent-like fangs, eyes and scales.
8th Nov '17 8:00:40 AM LeonardoRegulus
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* The appropriately-named Naga species of monsters from ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher''. Being that they are directly influenced by Hindu lore above, the species looks masculine as opposed to the usual feminine, and are completely animalistic, with scales and fangs and even claws on their hands.
3rd Oct '17 7:38:42 AM OlmoJV
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'', Cedric is mentioned to be a Viperinin, one of Meridian's sapient, more beastlike species. Most of the Viperinin are shapeshifters like Cedric, whose human form is his alternate form.
18th Sep '17 2:05:19 PM Jubileus57
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* The Medusa enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' is half-woman, half-snake. It's hair is 100% snakes, too.
2nd Sep '17 3:49:48 PM AtlasJan
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' includes the Naga as a playable faction.
* [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Vennominaga_the_Deity_of_Poisonous_Snakes Vennominaga]] from the ''Tabletopgame/YuGiOh'' card game.
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* The ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] has other lesser known snake-like races such as the Ipharian-Da'Lor, who have a similar body structure to the Thisspiasians minus the excess facial hair and second pair of arms.
* A naga-like one of these (called "Man-Serpents", having human heads with snakes for hair on purely serpent bodies, to differentiate themselves from "Serpent-Men", who have scaly human bodies with the heads of snakes) appears in the ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/TheGodInTheBowl," sent in a large jar to a man who dabbled with secrets he shouldn't have touched.
* There are no nagas in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. However, the legend may be known -- Voldemort's snake familiar is called Nagini, which is either a reference to the naga or to Kipling.
* ''{{Literature/Xanth}}'', FantasyKitchenSink that it is, is home to a race of Nagas, the princess of which ends up as a LoveInterest to one of the characters.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'', there's a race known as Resaurians, who are essentially snakes with upper grasping limbs. They're usually quite friendly.
* In ''Literature/TheEchoriumSequence'', one of the four races of "half-creature" are naga: half human, half water snake, and obsessed with shiny objects.
* The Nyissa, especially the queen, in ''The {{Literature/Belgariad}}''
* Shay-za'ns or "Burnt Souls" from the ''Literature/WindAndSparks'' cycle. Upper torso of a human without ears and nose, short snake tail below. The [[http://jacketupload.macmillanusa.com/jackets/high_res/jpgs/9780765334893.jpg front cover illustration]] from ''[[http://us.macmillan.com/chasersofthewind/AlexeyPehov Chasers of the Wind]]'' is accurate enough. They don't crawl, they fly with magic, albeit no higher than 2-3 yards above ground. Desert dwellers, unsurpassed archers (of the ColdSniper variety), [[IAmAHumanitarian who like to eat sentient creatures]], especially Je'arre ([[WingedHumanoid winged people]]). [[UnreliableNarrator According to legends]] they used to be Je'arre too, but revolted against their god, and he took away their wings and souls; they die the final death and don't go to the Blessed Gardens or Abyss. Considering that god's [[AllPowerfulBystander general disposition]], one has to wonder what the Abyss they did to make him act. Or maybe that wasn't him at all.
* The Sssstamne of Literature/TheRogueKing.
* In the Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Fulgrim'', the Emperor's Children Space Marine legion exterminated the Slaanesh-worshiping Laer, a four-armed snake-like alien race. The Laer practiced extensive bioengineering so that every member of their race was perfectly adapted to their role in society, leading to a number of different types of snake people including winged and aquatic versions.
* Sibone, a Caffeind and old girlfriend of Aahz from the later ''Literature/MythAdventures'' novels, has this sort of anatomy. Being a green-scaled Pervect himself, Aahz isn't put off in the least by her serpentine lower body.



* Mentioned in the introduction, Creator/JohnKeats' ''Lamia'' involves the god Hermes helping restore the titular character to her human form, in exchange for help in finding his love interest (a nymph). At the end of the poem, however, the sage Apollonius reveals to Lamia's lover Lycius that she's still a serpent--she suddenly vanishes, and Lycius dies instantly.



[[folder:Legends and Folklore]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melusine Melusine]] was supposed to have been like this, though she is sometimes depicted with two tails instead of one, or even as a non-human dragon.
* A number of adaptions of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_the_White_Snake Legend of the White Snake]] have the eponymous snake demon appear [[PartialTransformation half-human]], sometimes accompanied ([[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the adaptation]]) by a foil/rival/sister known as green snake.
** ''Film/GreenSnake'' (1993)
** ''Legend of the Snake Spirits'' (2001)
** ''Film/TheSorcererAndTheWhiteSnake'' (2011)

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[[folder:Legends and Folklore]]
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* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
** Episode
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melusine Melusine]] was supposed to have been like this, though she is sometimes depicted with two tails instead of one, or even as a non-human dragon.
* A number of adaptions of
org/wiki/The_Wrong_Path "The Wrong Path."]] The title character fights the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_the_White_Snake Legend of She Demon, which has the White Snake]] have upper half of a woman and the eponymous snake demon appear [[PartialTransformation half-human]], sometimes accompanied ([[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the adaptation]]) by lower half of a foil/rival/sister known as green snake.
** ''Film/GreenSnake'' (1993)
** ''Legend
Echidna, the [[MotherOfAThousandYoung Mother of All Monsters]] (and specifically of the Snake Spirits'' (2001)
She-Demon) also appears half woman/half snake. Sort of, but it's a bit of a stretch. She had serpent tails/tentacles for her arms and legs, but she did have '''two''' of them coming out of her hips.
* One of these appeared briefly in ''{{Series/Sanctuary}}'', a cunning predator that had been accidentally released in the Sanctuary.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** ''Film/TheSorcererAndTheWhiteSnake'' (2011)Machida, the snake-thing from "Reptile Boy" counts ... while he has a humanoid head and arms, the rest is all snake.
** Aluwyn from Season 8.
* The cobra-like Wesen Lausenschlange in ''{{Series/Grimm}}''.



[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] has other lesser known snake-like races such as the Ipharian-Da'Lor, who have a similar body structure to the Thisspiasians minus the excess facial hair and second pair of arms.
* A naga-like one of these (called "Man-Serpents", having human heads with snakes for hair on purely serpent bodies, to differentiate themselves from "Serpent-Men", who have scaly human bodies with the heads of snakes) appears in the ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/TheGodInTheBowl," sent in a large jar to a man who dabbled with secrets he shouldn't have touched.
* There are no nagas in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. However, the legend may be known -- Voldemort's snake familiar is called Nagini, which is either a reference to the naga or to Kipling.
* ''{{Literature/Xanth}}'', FantasyKitchenSink that it is, is home to a race of Nagas, the princess of which ends up as a LoveInterest to one of the characters.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'', there's a race known as Resaurians, who are essentially snakes with upper grasping limbs. They're usually quite friendly.
* In ''Literature/TheEchoriumSequence'', one of the four races of "half-creature" are naga: half human, half water snake, and obsessed with shiny objects.
* The Nyissa, especially the queen, in ''The {{Literature/Belgariad}}''
* Shay-za'ns or "Burnt Souls" from the ''Literature/WindAndSparks'' cycle. Upper torso of a human without ears and nose, short snake tail below. The [[http://jacketupload.macmillanusa.com/jackets/high_res/jpgs/9780765334893.jpg front cover illustration]] from ''[[http://us.macmillan.com/chasersofthewind/AlexeyPehov Chasers of the Wind]]'' is accurate enough. They don't crawl, they fly with magic, albeit no higher than 2-3 yards above ground. Desert dwellers, unsurpassed archers (of the ColdSniper variety), [[IAmAHumanitarian who like to eat sentient creatures]], especially Je'arre ([[WingedHumanoid winged people]]). [[UnreliableNarrator According to legends]] they used to be Je'arre too, but revolted against their god, and he took away their wings and souls; they die the final death and don't go to the Blessed Gardens or Abyss. Considering that god's [[AllPowerfulBystander general disposition]], one has to wonder what the Abyss they did to make him act. Or maybe that wasn't him at all.
* The Sssstamne of Literature/TheRogueKing.
* In the Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Fulgrim'', the Emperor's Children Space Marine legion exterminated the Slaanesh-worshiping Laer, a four-armed snake-like alien race. The Laer practiced extensive bioengineering so that every member of their race was perfectly adapted to their role in society, leading to a number of different types of snake people including winged and aquatic versions.
* Sibone, a Caffeind and old girlfriend of Aahz from the later ''Literature/MythAdventures'' novels, has this sort of anatomy. Being a green-scaled Pervect himself, Aahz isn't put off in the least by her serpentine lower body.

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[[folder:Toys]]
* The ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] has other lesser known snake-like races such as the Ipharian-Da'Lor, who have a similar body structure to the Thisspiasians minus the excess facial hair and second pair of arms.
* A naga-like one of these (called "Man-Serpents", having human heads with snakes for hair on purely serpent bodies, to differentiate themselves
Metus from "Serpent-Men", who have scaly human bodies with ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' was turned into one by Mata Nui using the heads Mask of snakes) appears in the ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/TheGodInTheBowl," sent in a large jar to a man who dabbled with secrets he shouldn't have touched.
* There are no nagas in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. However, the legend may be known -- Voldemort's snake familiar is called Nagini, which is either a reference to the naga or to Kipling.
* ''{{Literature/Xanth}}'', FantasyKitchenSink that it is, is home to a race of Nagas, the princess of which ends up
Life, as a LoveInterest to one of the characters.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'', there's a race known as Resaurians, who are essentially snakes with upper grasping limbs. They're usually quite friendly.
* In ''Literature/TheEchoriumSequence'', one of the four races of "half-creature" are naga: half human, half water snake, and obsessed with shiny objects.
* The Nyissa, especially the queen, in ''The {{Literature/Belgariad}}''
* Shay-za'ns or "Burnt Souls" from the ''Literature/WindAndSparks'' cycle. Upper torso of a human without ears and nose, short snake tail below. The [[http://jacketupload.macmillanusa.com/jackets/high_res/jpgs/9780765334893.jpg front cover illustration]] from ''[[http://us.macmillan.com/chasersofthewind/AlexeyPehov Chasers of the Wind]]'' is accurate enough. They don't crawl, they fly with magic, albeit no higher than 2-3 yards above ground. Desert dwellers, unsurpassed archers (of the ColdSniper variety), [[IAmAHumanitarian who like to eat sentient creatures]], especially Je'arre ([[WingedHumanoid winged people]]). [[UnreliableNarrator According to legends]] they used to be Je'arre too, but revolted against their god, and he took away their wings and souls; they die the final death and don't go to the Blessed Gardens or Abyss. Considering that god's [[AllPowerfulBystander general disposition]], one has to wonder what the Abyss they did to make him act. Or maybe that wasn't him at all.
* The Sssstamne of Literature/TheRogueKing.
* In the Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Fulgrim'', the Emperor's Children Space Marine legion exterminated the Slaanesh-worshiping Laer, a four-armed snake-like alien race. The Laer practiced extensive bioengineering so that every member of their race was perfectly adapted to their role in society, leading to a number of different types of snake people including winged and aquatic versions.
* Sibone, a Caffeind and old girlfriend of Aahz from the
punishment for betraying his folk. He turned back into his original form some time later ''Literature/MythAdventures'' novels, has this sort as a result of anatomy. Being a green-scaled Pervect himself, Aahz isn't put off in Mata Nui using his powers to restore the least by her serpentine lower body.planet Spherus Magna into its original state and undo all mutations that befell the characters.



[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
** Episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wrong_Path "The Wrong Path."]] The title character fights the She Demon, which has the upper half of a woman and the lower half of a snake.
** Echidna, the [[MotherOfAThousandYoung Mother of All Monsters]] (and specifically of the She-Demon) also appears half woman/half snake. Sort of, but it's a bit of a stretch. She had serpent tails/tentacles for her arms and legs, but she did have '''two''' of them coming out of her hips.
* One of these appeared briefly in ''{{Series/Sanctuary}}'', a cunning predator that had been accidentally released in the Sanctuary.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Machida, the snake-thing from "Reptile Boy" counts ... while he has a humanoid head and arms, the rest is all snake.
** Aluwyn from Season 8.
* The cobra-like Wesen Lausenschlange in ''{{Series/Grimm}}''.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* Metus from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' was turned into one by Mata Nui using the Mask of Life, as punishment for betraying his folk. He turned back into his original form some time later as a result of Mata Nui using his powers to restore the planet Spherus Magna into its original state and undo all mutations that befell the characters.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melusine Melusine]] was supposed to have been like this, though she is sometimes depicted with two tails instead of one, or even as a non-human dragon.
* A number of adaptions of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_the_White_Snake Legend of the White Snake]] have the eponymous snake demon appear [[PartialTransformation half-human]], sometimes accompanied ([[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the adaptation]]) by a foil/rival/sister known as green snake.
** ''Film/GreenSnake'' (1993)
** ''Legend of the Snake Spirits'' (2001)
** ''Film/TheSorcererAndTheWhiteSnake'' (2011)



[[folder:Poetry]]
* Mentioned in the introduction, Creator/JohnKeats' ''Lamia'' involves the god Hermes helping restore the titular character to her human form, in exchange for help in finding his love interest (a nymph). At the end of the poem, however, the sage Apollonius reveals to Lamia's lover Lycius that she's still a serpent--she suddenly vanishes, and Lycius dies instantly.
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* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' includes the Naga as a playable faction.
* [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Vennominaga_the_Deity_of_Poisonous_Snakes Vennominaga]] from the ''Tabletopgame/YuGiOh'' card game.
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