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14th Apr '18 10:58:01 PM Socius
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* ''Yodanji'' is a mobile RogueLike that features many of the yokai listed as character classes.
14th Apr '18 8:39:06 PM matruz
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* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''

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* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' has the Kotodama, which are spirits that live in the forest, there's also the Deer God.
13th Apr '18 8:05:02 PM MagnusForce
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** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'': Similar to ''Kakuranger'', the enemies are modernized versions of youkai; this time done by bringing inanimate objects to life. For instance, a chainsaw is turned into a kamaitachi and a snowcone maker into a yuki-onna. They also bring in three Western monsters (Frankenstein, Dracula, and a werewolf) and classify them as "American yokai".

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** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'': Similar to ''Kakuranger'', the enemies are modernized versions of youkai; this time done by bringing inanimate objects to life. For instance, a chainsaw is turned into a kamaitachi and a snowcone maker into a yuki-onna. They also bring in three Western classic Halloween monsters (Frankenstein, Dracula, (FrankensteinsMonster, {{Dracula}}, and a werewolf) the WolfMan) and classify them as "American "Western yokai".
13th Apr '18 8:08:05 AM matruz
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* ''Anime/ALetterToMomo'' features three Youkai, there are others living in the forest.
26th Feb '18 2:29:03 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''Film/TheGreatYokaiWar'', [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids a kids' movie]] by TakashiMiike, is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

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* ''Film/TheGreatYokaiWar'', [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids a kids' movie]] by TakashiMiike, Creator/TakashiMiike, is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
17th Feb '18 11:01:41 PM nombretomado
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* Tsuchigumo appears in the intro and as a summonable minion in ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy''.

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* Tsuchigumo appears in the intro and as a summonable minion in ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy''.''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy''.
17th Jan '18 9:43:47 PM MagnusForce
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* Youkai or {{kaiju}} based on them have appeared as a MonsterOfTheWeek in many entries of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''. Many are based on examples above, but others have no basis in folklore and are original creations of Tsuburaya Productions.
** Woo from the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' is a yeti-like youkai manifests from the spirit of a deceased parent who seeks to protect their child in the afterlife.
** ''Series/UltramanEighty'' featured a few youkai, like Jihibikirian (a sumo boy who wrestles everyone he meets) and Idantenran (a marathon runner who transforms into a giant monster when enraged).
** An episode of ''Series/UltramanTiga'' featured a youkai named Obikobushi (Obiko for short), a mischievous demon-like creature who thrives in darkness and disguises himself as a noodle vendor in order to scare people with his magically animated shadow.
** Two episodes of ''Series/UltramanCosmos'' deal with a gorilla-like youkai named Yamawarawa who likes to befriend children lost in the forest. In the latter episode, we also meet Yamawarawa's archenemy, the demon-like Mahagenom.
15th Jan '18 3:23:49 AM jormis29
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* The Literature/FightingFantasy gamebook ''Sword of the Samurai'' had the protagonist visit an entire village of nukekubi, though the book mistakenly referred to them as rokorokubi.

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* The Literature/FightingFantasy gamebook ''Sword of the Samurai'' ''Literature/SwordOfTheSamurai'' had the protagonist visit an entire village of nukekubi, though the book mistakenly referred to them as rokorokubi.
29th Dec '17 4:38:47 PM Prime32
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''Obake'' is another Japanese word that can indicate some type of monster. Derived from the word for “to change,” it generally covers the subset of youkai that includes shapeshifting animals and {{Animate Inanimate Object}}s. Confusingly, however, the word ''obake'' can also be used to refer to ghosts, also known as ''yuurei''. See StringyHairedGhostGirl for more information.

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''Obake'' is another Japanese word that can indicate some type of monster. Derived from the word for “to change,” change”, it generally covers the subset of youkai that includes shapeshifting animals and (hence the terms ''bake-gitsune'', ''bake-neko'', etc.) as well as {{Animate Inanimate Object}}s. Confusingly, however, the word ''obake'' can also be used to refer to ghosts, also known as ''yuurei''. See StringyHairedGhostGirl for more information.



* HitodamaLight\\
Whispy lights that hover around ghosts and possessed people.

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* HitodamaLight\\
Whispy
[[HitodamaLight Hitodama]]\\
Wispy
lights that hover around ghosts and possessed people.



A turtle-like creature.

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A turtle-like creature."river goblin" resembling a cross between a monkey and a turtle.



An umbrella-shaped creature.

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An umbrella-shaped creature.old umbrella come to life.



Nine-tailed fox.

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Nine-tailed fox.Foxes, treated in mythology as having great supernatural powers.



* [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Onryo]]\\
A vengeful female ghost, usually with long, stringy black hair and pale skin.



Giant, multi-headed snake.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl (Onryo)\\
A spirit girl, with long, dark hair and pale skin.

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Giant, A giant, multi-headed snake.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl (Onryo)\\
A spirit girl, with long, dark hair and pale skin.
snake.



Shapeshifting tricksters (named for the RealLife animal).

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Shapeshifting tricksters (named for A real animal also known as the RealLife animal)."raccoon dog", treated in mythology as a shapeshifting trickster.



A crow-like humanoid.
* {{Yukionna}}\\

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A crow-like humanoid.
Mountain-dwelling humanoids which either have long noses or resemble crows.
* {{Yukionna}}\\YukiOnna\\



'''Nekomata''': A seemingly ordinary cat that develops magical nature through long life. It looks like an ordinary house cat, except for the tail, which splits into two at half-length. While much smarter than it used to be, a nekomata remains just as whimsical, which may be dangerous with its new-found powers of [[MasterOfIllusion illusion]] and {{necromancy}}. It's said a cat will become a nekomata after turning 100 years old, where upon its tail splits, [[TalkingAnimal it starts using human speech]], somehow gains [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transformation]] powers, a greater intelligence, and other odd abilities. The name is often used and confused for {{catgirl}}s. May be a MegaNeko.

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'''Nekomata''': A seemingly ordinary cat that develops magical nature through long life. It looks like an ordinary house cat, cat except for the tail, which [[MultipleTailedBeast splits into two at half-length.half-length]]. While much smarter than it used to be, a nekomata remains just as whimsical, which may be dangerous with its new-found powers of [[MasterOfIllusion illusion]] and {{necromancy}}. It's said a cat will become a nekomata after turning 100 years old, where upon its tail splits, [[TalkingAnimal it starts using human speech]], somehow gains [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transformation]] powers, a greater intelligence, and other odd abilities. The name is often used and confused for {{catgirl}}s. May be a MegaNeko.
MegaNeko.

A more general term for cat youkai is ''bakeneko'', but almost all modern depictions of bakeneko will at least allude to the nekomata's signature split tail.

The ''Kasha'', a mysterious grave-robbing youkai, is usually depicted as a nekomata WreathedInFlames (specifically {{Hellfire}}).



'''Baku''': A relatively benign example, being a tapir-like monster that [[DreamStealer eats bad dreams]]. No relation to the capital of UsefulNotes/{{Azerbaijan}}.

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'''Baku''': A relatively benign example, being a tapir-like monster creature with an elephant-like head that [[DreamStealer eats bad dreams]].dreams]]. In modern Japanese the word ''baku'' can also refer to tapirs - when introduced to Japan, they bore such an uncanny resemblance to the mythological baku that they were assumed to be the same thing, and heavily influenced its later depictions. No relation to the capital of UsefulNotes/{{Azerbaijan}}.



'''Tsuchigumo and Jorogumo''': These [[GiantSpider spiders are monstrous in size]] (as big or bigger than a man) that can take human form to seduce travelers. Jorogumo uses a lure to attract travelers to feed her offspring, and often has the power to allure men with a song. Others act as a ShapeshiftingLover. Tsuchigumo can also use illusions to keep his webs hidden and make people ill in order to feed on them.

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'''Tsuchigumo and Jorogumo''': Jorougumo''': These [[GiantSpider spiders are monstrous in size]] (as big or bigger than a man) that can take human form to seduce travelers. Jorogumo Jorougumo uses a lure to attract travelers to feed her offspring, and often has the power to allure men with a song. Others act as a ShapeshiftingLover. Tsuchigumo can also use illusions to keep his webs hidden and make people ill in order to feed on them.
them.

In modern Japanese, "otsuchigumo" also refers to tarantulas, and "jorougumo" to the golden orb-weaver spider.



* Appears in the ''TableTopGame/YuGiOh'' card known in the US as Jirai Gumo.

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* Appears A {{Pun}ny example in the ''TableTopGame/YuGiOh'' card known in the US as Jirai Gumo.Gumo ("Landmine Spider"), which lurks underground and pops out to attack people who pass by.



'''Inugami and Okami''': Dog and Wolf Youkai.

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'''Inugami and Okami''': Dog and Wolf Youkai.
gods. [[SavageWolves Usually malevolent]], and often found serving as {{Familiar}}s.

The ''okuri-inu'' and ''okuri-okami'' tend more towards NobleWolf, following travellers and protecting them from harm. However, [[TheDogBitesBack they have a tendency to attack people who mistreat or offend them]]... or sometimes just those who show too much weakness; as a result, "okuri-okami" has become an idiom referring to stalkers and [[AWolfInSheepsClothing Wolves in Sheep's Clothing]].



'''Ushi Oni''': Or Gyuuki, means Bull Fiend, and is a sort of counterpart to our Minotaur. In some stories it's a demonic looking ox with many tails and claws, in others he's a sort of giant spider, while in others is a sort of wisp fire.

[[folder:Ushi Oni Examples]]

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'''Ushi Oni''': Or Gyuuki, means Bull Fiend, and '''Ushi-Oni or Gyuuki''': Meaning "bull fiend", is a sort of counterpart to our the Minotaur. In some stories it's a demonic looking ox with many tails and claws, in others he's a sort of giant spider, while in others is a sort of wisp fire.

[[folder:Ushi Oni [[folder:Ushi-Oni Examples]]
25th Nov '17 4:34:00 PM Angeldeb82
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* Kind of a rarity in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'', as all of the ghosts inhabiting the Phantom Express are subtly based on different types of youkai. The Blind Specter is based on ''tenome'', an eyeless old man with eyeballs on his hands; T-bone is based on ''gashadokuro'', a giant skeleton; the Blaze Brothers appear to be based on ''wanyuudou'', flaming oxcart wheels with screaming faces; and the Head of the Train is based on ''oboroguruma'', oxcarts with faces found on roads late at night.



* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' is about, well, an ''onmyōji'' named Abe no Seimei who, along with his companions, prevents ''yōkai'' from causing troubles to humans.

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' ''VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}}'' is about, well, an ''onmyōji'' named Abe no Seimei who, along with his companions, prevents ''yōkai'' from causing troubles to humans.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja]]'' has really [[ShownTheirWork shown its work]] for a western cartoon when it comes to the actual Japanese mythological elements, right down to the inclusion of youkai. The feathers of the Tengu were used to create the Ninja suit, and in the episode ''Evil Spirit Week'', Howard becomes possessed by a Tengu.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja]]'' ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' has really [[ShownTheirWork shown its work]] for a western cartoon when it comes to the actual Japanese mythological elements, right down to the inclusion of youkai. The feathers of the Tengu were used to create the Ninja suit, and in the episode ''Evil Spirit Week'', Howard becomes possessed by a Tengu.



* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' is a {{Mons}} series revolving around Yokai. The games and anime revolve around a boy named Nate using a mystical watch to perceive, communicate with, and summon Yokai to solve other people's (or other Yokai's) problems.

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* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' is a {{Mons}} {{Mon}} series revolving around Yokai. The games and anime revolve around a boy named Nate using a mystical watch to perceive, communicate with, and summon Yokai to solve other people's (or other Yokai's) problems.



* While not actually Youkai in the demon-form, ''[[VideoGame/EveOnline EVE Online]]'' has a couple of spaceships named after Youkai. Among those are the ''Kitsune'', a small, but very potent ECM-based ship and the ''Tengu'', a fast, medium-sized, powerful (and incredibly sturdy) ship capable of doing Level 5 Missions with no support, while all other ships require a fleet for those. It's also the general favorite among Mission-Runners, due to its high amount of Firepower.

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* While not actually Youkai in the demon-form, ''[[VideoGame/EveOnline EVE Online]]'' ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' has a couple of spaceships named after Youkai. Among those are the ''Kitsune'', a small, but very potent ECM-based ship and the ''Tengu'', a fast, medium-sized, powerful (and incredibly sturdy) ship capable of doing Level 5 Missions with no support, while all other ships require a fleet for those. It's also the general favorite among Mission-Runners, due to its high amount of Firepower.
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