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2nd Dec '16 3:16:48 PM Waddle
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Despite the frightening overtones, Krampus is quite a popular character in the Alpine countries. He brings some harmless "scary" fun to the Christmas season, not unlike what happens at Halloween. He is also not alone as the companion of St. Nicholas. Compare him with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knecht_Ruprecht Knecht Ruprecht]], a German character who performs a similar role (though more as a stern authority figure than a nasty devil), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_Piet Zwarte Piet]], a Dutch character said to put bad children in a sack and take them to Spain, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perchta the Lady Perchta]], a female version of Krampus who can either be [[HotAsHell drop-dead gorgeous]] or [[NightmareFuel hideously ugly]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A8re_Fouettard Père Fouettard]] (Father Whipper), a French version usually depicted as a [[EvilWearsBlack black Santa Claus]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Lads The Yule Lads]], a group of 13 Icelandic troll-like beings who historically caused mischief during Christmas, but became more Santa Claus-like in modern times . See also BadSanta, which the Krampus is occasionally portrayed as.

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Despite the frightening overtones, Krampus is quite a popular character in the Alpine countries. He brings some harmless "scary" fun to the Christmas season, not unlike what happens at Halloween. He is also not alone as the companion of St. Nicholas. Compare him with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knecht_Ruprecht Knecht Ruprecht]], a German character who performs a similar role (though more as a stern authority figure than a nasty devil), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_Piet Zwarte Piet]], a Dutch character said to put bad children in a sack and take them to Spain, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perchta the Lady Perchta]], a female version of Krampus who can either be [[HotAsHell drop-dead gorgeous]] or [[NightmareFuel hideously ugly]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A8re_Fouettard org/wiki/Pere_Fouettard Père Fouettard]] (Father Whipper), a French version usually depicted as a [[EvilWearsBlack black Santa Claus]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Lads The Yule Lads]], a group of 13 Icelandic troll-like beings who historically caused mischief during Christmas, but became more Santa Claus-like in modern times . See also BadSanta, which the Krampus is occasionally portrayed as.
12th Nov '16 2:08:28 AM anotherouatwriter
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Traditionally, young men in Southern Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovenia, and even Northern Italy dress up as the Krampus during the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of December 5, and roam the streets in grand, sweeping parades through town. Often, they will go after adults in the audience who are in on the fun, especially tourists encountering their first "Krampus Parade" or attractive young women. Curiously, despite their fearsome appearance and reputation, the (plural) Krampusi are generally fairly kind to children, generally exempting them from the shenanigans they pull on the adults.

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Traditionally, young men in Southern Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, and even Northern Italy dress up as the Krampus during the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of December 5, and roam the streets in grand, sweeping parades through town. Often, they will go after adults in the audience who are in on the fun, especially tourists encountering their first "Krampus Parade" or attractive young women. Curiously, despite their fearsome appearance and reputation, the (plural) Krampusi are generally fairly kind to children, generally exempting them from the shenanigans they pull on the adults.
4th Nov '16 3:59:51 AM Andyroid
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Traditionally, young men in Southern Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovenia, and even Northern Italy dress up as the Krampus during the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of December 5, and roam the streets in grand, sweeping parades through town. Often, they will go after adults in the audience who are in on the fun, especially tourists encountering their first "Krampus Parade" or attractive young women. Curiously, despite their fearsome appearance and reputation, the (plural) Krampusi are generally fairly kind to children, generally exempting them from the schenanigans they pull on the adults.

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Traditionally, young men in Southern Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovenia, and even Northern Italy dress up as the Krampus during the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of December 5, and roam the streets in grand, sweeping parades through town. Often, they will go after adults in the audience who are in on the fun, especially tourists encountering their first "Krampus Parade" or attractive young women. Curiously, despite their fearsome appearance and reputation, the (plural) Krampusi are generally fairly kind to children, generally exempting them from the schenanigans shenanigans they pull on the adults.



* Appears in the 2010 story "Grounded" in the erratically published PaulDini comic ''ComicBook/JingleBelle''.

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* Appears Krampus appears in the 2010 story "Grounded" in the erratically published PaulDini comic ''ComicBook/JingleBelle''.''ComicBook/JingleBelle''. He's introduced lamenting how Santa's "gone soft" and gotten too lenient with putting kids on the "nice" list, which has pretty much put Krampus out of work.
15th Oct '16 9:43:06 AM StarTropes
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* One ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has "Krampus" as the screen name of a notorious hacker--who also turns out to be an online sexual predator.
8th Aug '16 9:15:02 AM kyrtuck
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcH6gFhWbdI This Instrumental]] by the band {{MidngihtSyndicate}} as a part of their album ''Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering''

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcH6gFhWbdI This Instrumental]] by the band {{MidngihtSyndicate}} ''Music/{{MidngihtSyndicate}}'' as a part of their album ''Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering''
8th Aug '16 9:13:37 AM kyrtuck
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcH6gFhWbdI This Instrumental]] by the band [[MidngihtSyndicate]] as a part of their album ''Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering''

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcH6gFhWbdI This Instrumental]] by the band [[MidngihtSyndicate]] {{MidngihtSyndicate}} as a part of their album ''Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering''
8th Aug '16 9:06:17 AM kyrtuck
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcH6gFhWbdI This Instrumental]] by the band [[MidngihtSyndicate]] as a part of their album ''Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering''
8th Aug '16 9:02:52 AM kyrtuck
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** There are in fact two different Krampuses in this film. One is a transformation some people will undergoe when they are deeply enraged during the Christmas Holiday. The other was an evil anti-Christmas demon, who turned out to be a hallucentation by a Mall Santa.
10th Jul '16 1:51:34 PM Floweramon
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** For similar reasons, many people make fan versions of Krampus for ''Film/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas]]''.



* ''Death Awaits'' which is volume one of the ''A Scarlett Nightmare'' anthology series, has a non-seasonal Krampus story.

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* ** ''Death Awaits'' which is volume one of the ''A Scarlett Nightmare'' anthology series, has a non-seasonal Krampus story.
31st May '16 5:39:34 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' Christmas episode "A Merry Murdoch Christmas", Inspector Brackenreid believes in the Krampus, having supposedly seen him as a child, and thinks he's responsible for the murders as part of a campaign to destroy Christmas. [[spoiler: It turns out the murderer of the week ''was'' trying to ruin Christmas and was dressed as the Krampus to do so, and the Inspector's childhood experience is implied to be a nightmare caused by guilt. (He told his father he hated him when he didn't get the present he wanted.)]]
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