History Main / SnakePeople

17th Apr '18 3:12:21 PM MarqFJA
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** Nagas can shift from their (often multi-hooded) snake form to human form and almost all are capable of magic in some form or the other. One of the most powerful is the thousand-headed Naga named Ananta("the unending one"), a servant of the God Vishnu, who reincarnated as his master's brother in some incarnations (notably, as Rama's brother Lakshmana and Krishna's brother Balarama).

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** Nagas can shift from their (often multi-hooded) snake form to human form and almost all are capable of magic in some form or the other. One of the most powerful is the thousand-headed Naga named Ananta("the unending one"), [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shesha Ananta Shesha]] (roughly "That Which Remains Endlessly"), a servant of the God Vishnu, who reincarnated as his master's brother in some incarnations (notably, as Rama's brother Lakshmana and Krishna's brother Balarama).Balarama), and is said to have lived before the universe was created and will continue to exist even after [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt said universe is destroyed]] (hence his name).
11th Apr '18 5:53:31 AM Bisected8
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** And the Lillend, a rare explicitly good-aligned example, who has wings along with the female human torso & arms. When they first appeared in the 2nd edition, they were one of D&D's rare dabblings into {{transsexual}}ity; these early lillends came in feminine and masculine forms, though they were all biologically female -- "male" lillends looked male and followed male human patterns of dress and custom, but had female reproductive organs and produced offspring by spontaneous self-fertilised pregnancy, just like the visibly female ones. This trait has been lost in all subsequent editions; even ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' hasn't reused it.

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** And the Lillend, a rare explicitly good-aligned example, who has wings along with the female human torso & arms. When they first appeared in the 2nd edition, they were one of D&D's rare early dabblings into {{transsexual}}ity; {{transgender}} issues; these early lillends came in feminine and masculine forms, though they were all biologically female -- "male" lillends looked male and followed male human patterns of dress and custom, but had female reproductive organs and produced offspring by spontaneous self-fertilised pregnancy, just like the visibly female ones. This trait has been lost in all subsequent editions; even ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' hasn't reused it.
2nd Apr '18 7:50:50 PM Psychadelico
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* Although a far cry from the archetypal medusa model, Native American mythologies have their own equivalent in the snake-skirted women (who... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wear skirts made of living rattlesnakes]]). Probably the most (in)famous example are the Tzitzimime (or "star demons") of [[Myth/AztecMythology Aztec Mythology]], skeletal women associated with birth, death, fertility, the stars, and [[CosmicHorrorStory eating the sun and the rest of the world if they weren't held back by constant sacrifice]], although related creatures can be found throughout the South West at least.
6th Mar '18 11:40:46 PM Chabal2
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* The goddess Kanako Yasaka from ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' has power over weather and snakes, and so is occasionally represented as a lamia. Oddly enough, her fellow goddess Suwako Moriya (former mountain goddess and has a frog theme) is rarely represented with any frog traits other than an OverlyLongTongue.
26th Feb '18 3:45:43 PM jlt314
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* The Shas-saaree of V. Ivanova's ''Rainbow on the Ground''. Also called "snake-people" or "serpentar" by other races, the shas-saaree (or "shask" for short) are mostly serpentine in appearance, but have some characteristics found neither on humans nor on regular snakes. While their bodies are covered by scales, the shasks have crests along their spines and unfolding crest-like membranous sensors in place of mammalian ears. Unlike any reptile, shasks have hair, are fully warm-blooded and give birth to live offspring after a mammalian-like pregnancy. Their most distinctive characteristic is the division of their society into clans by main scale colour, with every clan having their designated colour and purpose in the community. The events start with the protagonist being turned into a shas-saaree after being bitten by a rare magical snake and unknowingly imbibing a poison which was [[MercyKill supposed to kill him painlessly before the snake's venom did]].
13th Feb '18 7:56:00 PM notriddle
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* ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'''s General Serpentine.[[/folder]]
5th Feb '18 10:26:30 PM Chariset
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* Cassopeia in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' became snake from the waist down after she triggered a tomb-guarding curse. She likes her new form. In-game, she is the one character who cannot buy Boots (items that increase the movement speed stat) -- her passive, "Serpentine Grace," gives her increasing movement speed to make up for it.
20th Jan '18 7:49:19 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.

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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 Shibumori is even weirder, looking like an odd-eyed old monk with a giant winged snake going "through" wrapped around 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.
10th Jan '18 2:53:46 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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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. One 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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* ''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. One card, [[https://magiccards.info/ori/en/176.html Evolutionary Leap]], shows a giant python shedding its skin to become a snake-bodied gorgon.



* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' includes the Naga as a playable faction.
28th Dec '17 3:55:02 PM Drakos25
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** There was also a tribe called the Skiritai who were snake men with slit nostrils in place of a nose (think Voldemort) and a pair of serpent tails instead of legs.

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** There was also a tribe called the Skiritai who were snake men with slit nostrils in place of a nose (think Voldemort) and a pair of serpent tails instead of legs.bow legged reptilian legs. may also count as LizardFolk.
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