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** The JerseyDevil is more than just the namesake of a hockey team. This demon is a slayer of livestock who was reportedly born when its mother wished that her thirteenth child would be a devil. It then [[SelfMadeOrphan killed its family]], and sightings of this monster have endured from the 1700's to the present day.



* The Mongolian death worm, or ''allghoi khorkoi'', is a two-and-a-half-foot long SandWorm that's said to live in the Gobi Desert. It's called the allghoi khorkoi since it resembles [[NauseaFuel a blood-red cow intestine]], and the death worm because it can spit deadly venom and [[ShockAndAwe electrocute]] its prey.



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** The infamous Flatwoods Monster is another alien sighting that has actually been hostile to humans. Not to mention its resemblance to traditional depictions of the Grim Reaper.
*** You forgot the fact that this... ''[[HumanoidAbomination thing]]'' was able to shoot venomous gasses from huge tubes on its body!

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** The infamous Flatwoods Monster is another alien sighting that has actually been hostile to humans. Not to mention its resemblance to traditional depictions of the Grim Reaper.
*** You forgot the fact that
Reaper. And this... ''[[HumanoidAbomination thing]]'' was is able to shoot venomous gasses from huge tubes on its body!



* The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has supernatural strength and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between TheGreys and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] is one of the more nightmare inducing creatures of recent times. There are no confirmed attacks on humans yet, but who knows?
* We also have the Mothman, an infamous harbinger of doom who may not actually DO anything but silently stare at people and creep them the hell out, but it tends to forbode disasters.

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* ** The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has supernatural strength and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between TheGreys and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] is one of the more nightmare inducing creatures of recent times. There are no confirmed stories of attacks on humans yet, but who knows?
knows?
* We also have the Mothman, another strange (allegedly alien) creature that's an infamous harbinger of doom doom, who may not actually DO anything but silently stare at people and creep them the hell out, but it tends to forbode disasters.



* The JerseyDevil is more than just the namesake of a hockey team. This demon is a slayer of livestock who was reportedly born when its mother wished that her thirteenth child would be a devil. It then [[SelfMadeOrphan killed its family]], and sightings of this monster have endured from the 1700's to the present day.
* The Mongolian death worm, or ''allghoi khorkoi'', is a two-and-a-half-foot long SandWorm that's said to live in the Gobi Desert. It's called the allghoi khorkoi since it resembles [[NauseaFuel a blood-red cow intestine]], and the death worm because it can spit deadly venom and [[ShockAndAwe electrocute]] its prey.



** Don't forget Bunnyman, who's basically Goatman but as a huge, humanoid rabbit with an axe. While that may sound pretty ridiculous, and is probably a dude in an outfit, it's still plenty creepy that a guy insane enough to run around in a bunny suit, vandalizing property for no reason at all, is out free in the world and carrying an axe.
* Although kids have often heard of these other cryptids, don't tell your kids about the Popobawa. A one-eyed, bat-like ogre from Africa, it's said to sodomize its victims in the middle of the night.
* Burrunjor. Descriptions of it say it is a large scaly predator that stands on two legs with two tiny arms. It is 25 feet in length, and eats large animals, like cattle. Cast of its footprints show it has three toes. Yeah, it's a motherfucking TyrannosaurusRex. ''AND OF COURSE IT'S FROM AUSTRALIA!''

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** Don't forget Bunnyman, who's basically Goatman but as a huge, humanoid rabbit with an axe. While that may sound pretty ridiculous, and is probably just a dude in an outfit, it's still plenty creepy that a guy insane enough to run around in a bunny suit, vandalizing property for no reason at all, is out free in the world and carrying an axe.
* Although kids have often heard of these other cryptids, don't tell your kids about the Popobawa. A one-eyed, bat-like ogre from East Africa, it's said to sodomize its victims in the middle of the night.
night. This demon has been blamed by hysterical villagers in Zanzibar, Tanzania for raping people since the 1960s.
* Burrunjor. Descriptions of it say it is a large scaly predator that stands on two legs with two tiny arms. It is 25 feet in length, and eats large animals, like cattle. Cast of its footprints show it has three toes. Yeah, it's a motherfucking TyrannosaurusRex. ''AND OF COURSE [[EverythingTryingToKillYou IT'S FROM AUSTRALIA!''FROM]] [[LandDownUnder AUSTRALIA]]!''
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** It's quite telling that both the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Flatwoods Monster were used as inspiration for the alien abduction Romani Ranch side quest (one of the most terrifying things in the game), in ''VideoGame/LegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.

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** It's quite telling that both the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Flatwoods Monster were used as inspiration for the alien abduction Romani Ranch side quest (one of the most terrifying things in the game), in ''VideoGame/LegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.
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* The skinwalker, or yee naaldlooshii of Navajo mythology, is basically a cross between a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] and a [[EvilSorcerer warlock]]. To become a skinwalker, one must cross the MoralEventHorizon by killing a member of your family. After you become one, you can change into any animal you desire, gain the ability to cast powerful and deadly curses on anyone, and [[ParanoiaFuel mimic the voices of your victims' loved ones]].

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* The skinwalker, SkinWalker, or yee naaldlooshii ''yee naaldlooshii'' of Navajo mythology, is basically a cross between a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] and a [[EvilSorcerer warlock]]. To become a skinwalker, one must cross the MoralEventHorizon by killing a member of your family. After you become one, you can change into any animal you desire, gain the ability to cast powerful and deadly curses on anyone, and [[ParanoiaFuel mimic the voices of your victims' loved ones]].
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What are urban legends but modern folk tales? As such, they fit in perfectly here.
* The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern vampire, a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has supernatural strength and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between TheGreys and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] is one of the more nightmare inducing creatures of recent times. There are no confirmed attacks on humans yet, but who knows?

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What are urban legends UrbanLegends but modern folk tales? folktales? As such, they fit in perfectly here.
* The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern vampire, a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has supernatural strength and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between TheGreys and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] is one of the more nightmare inducing creatures of recent times. There are no confirmed attacks on humans yet, but who knows?
here.



** You forgot the fact that this...''[[HumanoidAbomination thing]]'' was able to shoot venomous gasses from huge tubes on its body!
** It's quite telling that both the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Flatwoods Monster were used as inspiration for the alien abduction Romani Ranch side quest (one of the most terrifying things in the game), in ''Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask''.

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** *** You forgot the fact that this...this... ''[[HumanoidAbomination thing]]'' was able to shoot venomous gasses from huge tubes on its body!
** It's quite telling that both the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Flatwoods Monster were used as inspiration for the alien abduction Romani Ranch side quest (one of the most terrifying things in the game), in ''Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask''.''VideoGame/LegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.



* Finally, we have the Mothman, an infamous harbinger of doom who may not actually DO anything but silently stare at people and creep them the hell out, but it tends to forbode disasters.
* Similar to the Mothman, we have the Owlman of Mawnan, a beast who is far more malevolent than its American cousin.

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* Finally, we The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has supernatural strength and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between TheGreys and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] is one of the more nightmare inducing creatures of recent times. There are no confirmed attacks on humans yet, but who knows?
* We also
have the Mothman, an infamous harbinger of doom who may not actually DO anything but silently stare at people and creep them the hell out, but it tends to forbode disasters.
* ** Similar to the Mothman, we have the Owlman of Mawnan, a beast who is far more malevolent than its American cousin.



* The Mongolian death worm, or allghoi khorkoi, is a two-and-a-half-foot long SandWorm that's said to live in the Gobi Desert. It's called the Allghoi Khorkoi since it resembles [[NauseaFuel a blood-red cow intestine]], and the death worm because it can spit deadly venom and [[ShockAndAwe electrocute]] its prey.

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* The Mongolian death worm, or allghoi khorkoi, ''allghoi khorkoi'', is a two-and-a-half-foot long SandWorm that's said to live in the Gobi Desert. It's called the Allghoi Khorkoi allghoi khorkoi since it resembles [[NauseaFuel a blood-red cow intestine]], and the death worm because it can spit deadly venom and [[ShockAndAwe electrocute]] its prey.



* Burrunjor. Descriptions of it say it is a large scaly predator that stands on two legs with two tiny arms. It is 25 feet in length, and eats large animals, like cattle. Cast of its footprints show it has three toes. Yeah, it's a motherfucking Tyrannosaurus Rex. ''AND OF COURSE IT'S FROM AUSTRALIA!''

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* Burrunjor. Descriptions of it say it is a large scaly predator that stands on two legs with two tiny arms. It is 25 feet in length, and eats large animals, like cattle. Cast of its footprints show it has three toes. Yeah, it's a motherfucking Tyrannosaurus Rex.TyrannosaurusRex. ''AND OF COURSE IT'S FROM AUSTRALIA!''
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* Most people today think of [[TheFairFolk faeries]] as dainty little pixies who fly around granting wishes. However, the people of the Middle Ages feared the wrath of the Fair Folk, and few were more vile than the Nuckelavee. A formless specter living off the coast of Orkney, this foul faerie would rise from the depths of the ocean and take the form of a massive, skinless, black-blooded, yellow-veined, fin-footed, man-eating horse with its "rider" fused to its back from his waist down. The horse head had a single blazing red eye and a gaping mouth full of vicious teeth, while the "rider" had an oversized head that rolled about on its undersized neck, and long, muscular arms that ended with razor sharp claws. This monster was an OmnicidalManiac of the highest order, rising from the sea to deliver a plague called the Mortasheen that would kill livestock and crops, and it reserved a special hatred for any unfortunate humans it came across. Its one consistent weakness was fresh water, [[CannotCrossRunningWater which it could not cross]] (although some versions mention an aversion to burning seaweed).
** Another vaguely equestrian fairy is the Irish Dullahan, a man riding a black horse and [[HeadlessHorseman carrying his own head around.]] That head has a literal [[GlasgowGrin ear-to-ear grin]] and is very firmly rotting, [[{{Squick}} often described as looking like moldy cheese.]] The dullahan has a basin of blood that he ''throws at people'' as an omen that they're going to die. And if he comes through town, [[ImplacableMan no doors or gates can stop him.]] The only thing that he hates [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine is gold.]]
** TheFairFolk as a whole can be quite horrifying. Some of the stories which deal with them can be terrifying in one way or another. In one story, two friends are walking back to the village, when they hear the most beautiful music. One elects to see what it is, while the other goes back to the village to see his fiancee. His friend ends up going missing for over seven months, and he himself is suspected of murder. His fiancee implores help from one of the other villagers who has experience with fairies, and they go back to the spot he was last seen. They eventually find him dancing in a circle with the faeries themselves, laughing and having the time of his life, but when he gets pulled out, the faeries all vanish. When the man is told he has been gone for over seven months, he refuses to believe it, claiming that it couldn't have been more than five minutes. The story is rather chilling the longer you think about it.
** And in some stories, when the faeries are being benevolent and trying to right what they see as a wrong, they go about in truly disturbing and horrifying ways. For example, a young man who's father is very rich, lives a carefree and playboy lifestyle without his dad's knowledge. However, when he gets a girl pregnant and his dad finds out, the father confronts him one night tells him that he must marry the girl or be disinherited. The son has until morning to give him an answer, and goes for a walk to think it over. However, as he is walking, he starts to hear voices, laughing and giggling, and the sound of something rather large being dragged across the ground. The son starts to walk faster, trying to get away, but the noises just keep getting closer and closer, until eventually, the dragging sound stops... and a human corpse is thrown at his feet. The faeries tell him that he buries the corpse, or when morning comes, they will take him away. The son tries to get away, but is tripped up and the corpse lunges onto his back, its arms wrapping around his neck and locking together. And he can't get it off. So, he runs to the nearest cemetery, finds a shovel, starts digging... but when he slices into the flesh of another corpse, ''it gets up and tell him he cannot bury the corpse here.'' He runs to another graveyard, tries again, and the exact same thing happens. Every cemetery he goes to and tries to bury the corpse in, another one already buried there gets up and says he can't. Eventually, just as he can see the first signs of the sun rising, he finds a cemetery with an open grave, with a shovel and a pile of dirt next to it. The corpse slides off him into the grave, and quickly buries it, barely finishing before the morning starts. He goes back home and agrees to marry the girl, but if that is how the faeries act benevolently, one shudders to imagine what they do if they become malevolent...
* What are urban legends but modern folk tales? As such, they fit in perfectly here.
** The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern vampire, a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has supernatural strength and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between TheGreys and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] is one of the more nightmare inducing creatures of recent times. There are no confirmed attacks on humans yet, but who knows?
** Many [[http://bogleech.com/realaliens.html aliens]] can be nightmarish, as well. Although many of the stranger aliens on this list are NightmareRetardant, the more infamous aliens on this list are truly creepy.
*** While the Hopkinsville Goblins are UglyCute, the fact that they're NighInvulnerable little bastards who attacked a Kentucky family's homestead makes them disturbingly creepy.
*** The infamous Flatwoods Monster is another alien sighting that has actually been hostile to humans. Not to mention its resemblance to traditional depictions of the Grim Reaper.
*** You forgot the fact that this...''[[HumanoidAbomination thing]]'' was able to shoot venomous gasses from huge tubes on its body!
*** It's quite telling that both the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Flatwoods Monster were used as inspiration for the alien abduction Romani Ranch side quest (one of the most terrifying things in the game), in ''Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask''.
*** Although TheGreys are usually overdone to the point of {{Narm}} in pop culture, just the thought of ineffable, emotionless beings lodged right in the UncannyValley abducting people and probing their bodies - perhaps even impregnating them with alien-human hybrids - is just plain creepy.
*** Then we have [[TheReptilians the Reptoids]]. While TheGreys are mostly neutral, the Reptoids are hostile reptilian [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]] who have infiltrated the highest levels of society and control the world, if you believe [[ConspiracyTheorist David Icke]]. Even then, the less batshit crazy encounters with Reptoids still paint a portrait of [[ToServeMan possible man-eaters]].
** Finally, we have the Mothman, an infamous harbinger of doom who may not actually DO anything but silently stare at people and creep them the hell out, but it tends to forbode disasters.
** Similar to the Mothman, we have the Owlman of Mawnan, a beast who is far more malevolent than its American cousin.
** The JerseyDevil is more than just the namesake of a hockey team. This demon is a slayer of livestock who was reportedly born when its mother wished that her thirteenth child would be a devil. It then [[SelfMadeOrphan killed its family]], and sightings of this monster have endured from the 1700's to the present day.
** The Mongolian death worm, or allghoi khorkoi, is a two-and-a-half-foot long SandWorm that's said to live in the Gobi Desert. It's called the Allghoi Khorkoi since it resembles [[NauseaFuel a blood-red cow intestine]], and the death worm because it can spit deadly venom and [[ShockAndAwe electrocute]] its prey.
** Goatman, an AxCrazy being from the southern United States who brutally murders people and destroys parked cars with an axe.
*** Don't forget Bunnyman, who's basically Goatman but as a huge, humanoid rabbit with an axe. While that may sound pretty ridiculous, and is probably a dude in an outfit, it's still plenty creepy that a guy insane enough to run around in a bunny suit, vandalizing property for no reason at all, is out free in the world and carrying an axe.
** Although kids have often heard of these other cryptids, don't tell your kids about the Popobawa. A one-eyed, bat-like ogre from Africa, it's said to sodomize its victims in the middle of the night.
** Burrunjor. Descriptions of it say it is a large scaly predator that stands on two legs with two tiny arms. It is 25 feet in length, and eats large animal, like cattle. Cast of its footprints show it has three toes. Yeah, it's a motherfucking Tyrannosaurus Rex. ''AND OF COURSE IT'S FROM AUSTRALIA!''
* The {{Wendigo}} of Algonquin folklore is what happens to people who engage in cannibalism. After they've eaten another human, they turn into a tall, gaunt corpse-like being with sharp fangs that have shredded the former human's lips to nothing, bloody stumps where its feet would be (possibly due to frostbite), and transparent skin through which you can see its icy blood and heart of ice. Descriptions do vary somewhat between cultures -- sometimes it will be many times larger than a human and grow with every victim it eats; sometimes it will a hideously thin, fleshless being, twisted and hunched and with a deer's skull where its head should be. It can turn invisible and ride on the wind to pursue prey, and it is ALWAYS hungry...

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* Most people today think Myth/AztecMythology is certainly a source of [[TheFairFolk faeries]] as dainty little pixies who fly around granting wishes. However, the people of the Middle Ages feared the wrath of the Fair Folk, and few were more vile than the Nuckelavee. A formless specter living off the coast of Orkney, this foul faerie would rise from the depths of the ocean and take the form of a massive, skinless, black-blooded, yellow-veined, fin-footed, man-eating horse with its "rider" fused to its back from his waist down. horror. The horse head had a single blazing red eye and a gaping mouth full of vicious teeth, while the "rider" had an oversized head Aztec's religion (and also that rolled about on its undersized neck, and long, muscular arms that ended with razor sharp claws. This monster was an OmnicidalManiac of the highest order, rising from the sea to deliver a plague called the Mortasheen that would kill livestock and crops, and it reserved a special hatred for any unfortunate humans it came across. Its one consistent weakness was fresh water, [[CannotCrossRunningWater which it could not cross]] (although some versions mention an aversion to burning seaweed).
** Another vaguely equestrian fairy is the Irish Dullahan, a man riding a black horse and [[HeadlessHorseman carrying his own head around.]] That head has a literal [[GlasgowGrin ear-to-ear grin]] and is very firmly rotting, [[{{Squick}} often described as looking like moldy cheese.]] The dullahan has a basin of blood that he ''throws at people'' as an omen that they're going to die. And if he comes through town, [[ImplacableMan no doors or gates can stop him.]] The only thing that he hates [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine is gold.]]
** TheFairFolk as a whole can be quite horrifying. Some of the stories which deal with them can be terrifying in one way or another. In one story, two friends are walking back to the village, when they hear the most beautiful music. One elects to see what it is, while the
other goes back to the village to see his fiancee. His friend ends up going missing for over seven months, and he himself is suspected of murder. His fiancee implores help from one of the other villagers who has experience with fairies, and they go back to the spot he was last seen. They eventually find him dancing in a circle with the faeries themselves, laughing and having the time of his life, but when he gets pulled out, the faeries all vanish. When the man is told he has been gone for over seven months, he refuses to believe it, claiming Mesoamerican cultures) believed that it couldn't have been more than five minutes. The story is rather chilling the longer you think about it.
** And in some stories, when the faeries are being benevolent and trying to right what they see as a wrong, they go about in truly disturbing and horrifying ways. For example, a young man who's father is very rich, lives a carefree and playboy lifestyle without his dad's knowledge. However, when he gets a girl pregnant and his dad finds out, the father confronts him one night tells him that he must marry the girl or be disinherited. The son has until morning to give him an answer, and goes for a walk to think it over. However, as he is walking, he starts to hear voices, laughing and giggling, and the sound of something rather
large being dragged across the ground. The son starts to walk faster, trying to get away, but the noises amounts of gruesome HumanSacrifice were necessary just keep getting closer to satisfy the gods, and closer, until eventually, the dragging sound stops... and a human corpse is thrown at his feet. The faeries tell him ensure that he buries the corpse, or when morning comes, they will take him away. The son tries to get away, but is tripped up and the corpse lunges onto his back, its arms wrapping around his neck and locking together. And he can't get it off. So, he runs to the nearest cemetery, finds a shovel, starts digging... but when he slices into the flesh of another corpse, ''it gets up and tell him he cannot bury the corpse here.'' He runs to another graveyard, tries again, and the exact same thing happens. Every cemetery he goes to and tries to bury the corpse in, another one already buried there gets up and says he can't. Eventually, just as he can see the first signs of the sun rising, he finds a cemetery with an open grave, with a shovel and a pile of dirt next to it. The corpse slides off him into the grave, and quickly buries it, barely finishing before the morning starts. He goes back home and agrees to marry the girl, but if that is how the faeries act benevolently, one shudders to imagine what they do if they become malevolent...
* What are urban legends but modern folk tales? As such, they fit in perfectly here.
** The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern vampire, a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has supernatural strength and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between TheGreys and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] is one of the more nightmare inducing creatures of recent times. There are no confirmed attacks on humans yet, but who knows?
** Many [[http://bogleech.com/realaliens.html aliens]] can be nightmarish, as well. Although many of the stranger aliens on this list are NightmareRetardant, the more infamous aliens on this list are truly creepy.
*** While the Hopkinsville Goblins are UglyCute, the fact that they're NighInvulnerable little bastards who attacked a Kentucky family's homestead makes them disturbingly creepy.
*** The infamous Flatwoods Monster is another alien sighting that has actually been hostile to humans. Not to mention its resemblance to traditional depictions of the Grim Reaper.
*** You forgot the fact that this...''[[HumanoidAbomination thing]]'' was able to shoot venomous gasses from huge tubes on its body!
*** It's quite telling that both the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Flatwoods Monster were used as inspiration for the alien abduction Romani Ranch side quest (one of the most terrifying things in the game), in ''Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask''.
*** Although TheGreys are usually overdone to the point of {{Narm}} in pop culture, just the thought of ineffable, emotionless beings lodged right in the UncannyValley abducting people and probing their bodies - perhaps even impregnating them with alien-human hybrids - is just plain creepy.
*** Then we have [[TheReptilians the Reptoids]]. While TheGreys are mostly neutral, the Reptoids are hostile reptilian [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]] who have infiltrated the highest levels of society and control the world, if you believe [[ConspiracyTheorist David Icke]]. Even then, the less batshit crazy encounters with Reptoids still paint a portrait of [[ToServeMan possible man-eaters]].
** Finally, we have the Mothman, an infamous harbinger of doom who may not actually DO anything but silently stare at people and creep them the hell out, but it tends to forbode disasters.
** Similar to the Mothman, we have the Owlman of Mawnan, a beast who is far more malevolent than its American cousin.
** The JerseyDevil is more than just the namesake of a hockey team. This demon is a slayer of livestock who was reportedly born when its mother wished that her thirteenth child would be a devil. It then [[SelfMadeOrphan killed its family]], and sightings of this monster have endured from the 1700's to the present day.
** The Mongolian death worm, or allghoi khorkoi, is a two-and-a-half-foot long SandWorm that's said to live in the Gobi Desert. It's called the Allghoi Khorkoi since it resembles [[NauseaFuel a blood-red cow intestine]], and the death worm because it can spit deadly venom and [[ShockAndAwe electrocute]] its prey.
** Goatman, an AxCrazy being from the southern United States who brutally murders people and destroys parked cars with an axe.
*** Don't forget Bunnyman, who's basically Goatman but as a huge, humanoid rabbit with an axe. While that may sound pretty ridiculous, and is probably a dude in an outfit, it's still plenty creepy that a guy insane enough to run around in a bunny suit, vandalizing property for no reason at all, is out free in
the world and carrying an axe.
** Although kids have often heard of these other cryptids, don't tell your kids about the Popobawa. A one-eyed, bat-like ogre from Africa, it's said to sodomize its victims in the middle of the night.
** Burrunjor. Descriptions of it say it is a large scaly predator that stands on two legs with two tiny arms. It is 25 feet in length, and eats large animal, like cattle. Cast of its footprints show it has three toes. Yeah, it's a motherfucking Tyrannosaurus Rex. ''AND OF COURSE IT'S FROM AUSTRALIA!''
remained functional.
* The {{Wendigo}} of Algonquin folklore is what happens to [[ImAHumanitarian people who engage in cannibalism. cannibalism]]. After they've eaten another human, [[TransformationHorror they turn into into]] a tall, gaunt corpse-like being with sharp fangs that have shredded the former human's lips to nothing, bloody stumps where its feet would be (possibly due to frostbite), and transparent skin through which you can see its icy blood and heart of ice. Descriptions do vary somewhat between cultures -- sometimes it will be many times larger than a human and grow with every victim it eats; sometimes it will a hideously thin, fleshless being, twisted and hunched and with a deer's skull where its head should be. It can turn invisible and ride on the wind to pursue prey, and it is ALWAYS hungry...



* The skinwalker, or yee naaldlooshii of Navajo mythology, is basically a cross between a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] and a warlock. To become a skinwalker, one must cross the MoralEventHorizon by killing a member of your family. After you become one, you can change into any animal you desire, gain the ability to cast powerful and deadly curses on anyone, and [[ParanoiaFuel mimic the voices of your victims' loved ones]].
* Even though they're a bit old-fashioned now, the traditional werewolf isn't a slouch, either. There are many ways to become a werewolf, whether intentionally (selling your soul to Satan) or unintentionally (being bitten by a werewolf, being born on Christmas Eve, or merely drinking from the same water wolves drink out of.) Once you do, you become a bloodthirsty beast every full moon.
** One myth was that Werewolves hid their fur under their skin in human form. This would just be mildly creepy if it weren't for the fact that in ancient times many people believed this myth. The result? People accused of lycanthropy being ''skinned alive'' in an attempt to find "proof" that they're werewolves!

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* The skinwalker, or yee naaldlooshii of Navajo mythology, is basically a cross between a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] werewolf]] and a warlock.[[EvilSorcerer warlock]]. To become a skinwalker, one must cross the MoralEventHorizon by killing a member of your family. After you become one, you can change into any animal you desire, gain the ability to cast powerful and deadly curses on anyone, and [[ParanoiaFuel mimic the voices of your victims' loved ones]].
* Even though they're a bit old-fashioned now, the traditional werewolf isn't a slouch, either. There are many ways to become a werewolf, whether intentionally (selling your soul to Satan) or unintentionally (being bitten by a werewolf, being born on Christmas Eve, or merely drinking from the same water wolves drink out of.) Once you do, you become a bloodthirsty beast every full moon.
** One myth was that Werewolves hid
Fearsome Critters, despite their fur under their skin in human form. This would just name, tend to be mildly creepy silly if it weren't for not absolutely {{Adorkable}} at best and somewhat spooky at worst. The same cannot be said about the fact Hidebehind. A creature that hunts and eats humans who get lost in ancient times many people believed this myth. The result? People accused of lycanthropy being ''skinned alive'' in an attempt to find "proof" the woods. It gets its name because it ''hides behind'' its prey... and can keep hiding until the time is right. It can hide behind its prey and no matter how fast its prey turns around, ''it is faster'' and can [[ParanoiaFuel keep hiding behind their prey until the right moment]]. And at that they're werewolves!moment, it kills and eats them.
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* Fearsome Critters, despite their name, tend to be mildly silly if not absolutely {{Adorkable}} at best and somewhat spooky at worst. The same cannot be said about the Hidebehind. A creature that hunts and eats humans who get lost in the woods. It gets its name because it ''hides behind'' its prey... and can keep hiding until the time is right. It can hide behind its prey and no matter how fast its prey turns around, ''it is faster'' and can [[ParanoiaFuel keep hiding behind their prey until the right moment]]. And at that moment, it kills and eats them.



* The monsters of [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Japanese Myth]] are pretty damn horrifying, too. Like the Gashadokuro, a skeleton created from the corpses of dozens of victims of famine, standing fifteen times the height of a normal man and eternally hungry. As if that is not enough, not only are they silent, but they can turn ''invisible''. The only thing you hear before a Gashadokuro strikes is a ringing in your ears, before it grabs you and tears your head off with its teeth.
** The Jubokko. If a tree takes root in soil where a great battle or massacres took place, where the blood of thousands saturated the soil, it will develop an appetite for human blood. Whenever an unsuspecting traveler passes beneath a Jubokko, it will snatch them up with finger-like branches and drain them of all fluids with jagged, tube-like twigs. Worst of all, aside from the bones lying beneath its roots and a few twisted-looking branches, [[ParanoiaFuel a Jubokko is indistinguishable from a normal tree.]]

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* The monsters of [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Japanese Myth]] Myth/JapaneseMythology are pretty damn horrifying, too. Like the Gashadokuro, a skeleton created from the corpses of dozens of victims of famine, standing fifteen times the height of a normal man and eternally hungry. As if that is not enough, not only are they silent, but they can turn ''invisible''. The only thing you hear before a Gashadokuro strikes is a ringing in your ears, before it grabs you and tears your head off with its teeth.
** The Jubokko. If a tree takes root in soil where a great battle or massacres took place, where the blood of thousands saturated the soil, it will develop an appetite for human blood. Whenever an unsuspecting traveler passes beneath a Jubokko, it will snatch them up with finger-like branches and drain them of all fluids with jagged, tube-like twigs. Worst of all, aside from the bones lying beneath its roots and a few twisted-looking branches, [[ParanoiaFuel a Jubokko is indistinguishable from a normal tree.]]tree]].
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* Even though they're a bit old-fashioned now, the traditional werewolf isn't a slouch, either. There are many ways to become a werewolf, whether intentionally (selling your soul to Satan) or unintentionally (being bitten by a werewolf, being born on Christmas Eve, or merely drinking from the same water wolves drink out of.) Once you do, you become a bloodthirsty beast every full moon.
** One myth was that Werewolves hid their fur under their skin in human form. This would just be mildly creepy if it weren't for the fact that in ancient times many people believed this myth. The result? People accused of lycanthropy being ''skinned alive'' in an attempt to find "proof" that they're werewolves!
* Most people today think of [[TheFairFolk faeries]] as dainty little pixies who fly around granting wishes. However, the people of the Middle Ages feared the wrath of the Fair Folk, and few were more vile than the Nuckelavee. A formless specter living off the coast of Orkney, this foul faerie would rise from the depths of the ocean and take the form of a massive, skinless, black-blooded, yellow-veined, fin-footed, man-eating horse with its "rider" fused to its back from his waist down. The horse head had a single blazing red eye and a gaping mouth full of vicious teeth, while the "rider" had an oversized head that rolled about on its undersized neck, and long, muscular arms that ended with razor sharp claws. This monster was an OmnicidalManiac of the highest order, rising from the sea to deliver a plague called the Mortasheen that would kill livestock and crops, and it reserved a special hatred for any unfortunate humans it came across. Its one consistent weakness was fresh water, [[CannotCrossRunningWater which it could not cross]] (although some versions mention an aversion to burning seaweed).
** Another vaguely equestrian fairy is the Irish Dullahan, a man riding a black horse and [[HeadlessHorseman carrying his own head around.]] That head has a literal [[GlasgowGrin ear-to-ear grin]] and is very firmly rotting, [[{{Squick}} often described as looking like moldy cheese.]] The dullahan has a basin of blood that he ''throws at people'' as an omen that they're going to die. And if he comes through town, [[ImplacableMan no doors or gates can stop him.]] The only thing that he hates [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine is gold.]]
** TheFairFolk as a whole can be quite horrifying. Some of the stories which deal with them can be terrifying in one way or another. In one story, two friends are walking back to the village, when they hear the most beautiful music. One elects to see what it is, while the other goes back to the village to see his fiancee. His friend ends up going missing for over seven months, and he himself is suspected of murder. His fiancee implores help from one of the other villagers who has experience with fairies, and they go back to the spot he was last seen. They eventually find him dancing in a circle with the faeries themselves, laughing and having the time of his life, but when he gets pulled out, the faeries all vanish. When the man is told he has been gone for over seven months, he refuses to believe it, claiming that it couldn't have been more than five minutes. The story is rather chilling the longer you think about it.
** And in some stories, when the faeries are being benevolent and trying to right what they see as a wrong, they go about in truly disturbing and horrifying ways. For example, a young man who's father is very rich, lives a carefree and playboy lifestyle without his dad's knowledge. However, when he gets a girl pregnant and his dad finds out, the father confronts him one night tells him that he must marry the girl or be disinherited. The son has until morning to give him an answer, and goes for a walk to think it over. However, as he is walking, he starts to hear voices, laughing and giggling, and the sound of something rather large being dragged across the ground. The son starts to walk faster, trying to get away, but the noises just keep getting closer and closer, until eventually, the dragging sound stops... and a human corpse is thrown at his feet. The faeries tell him that he buries the corpse, or when morning comes, they will take him away. The son tries to get away, but is tripped up and the corpse lunges onto his back, its arms wrapping around his neck and locking together. And he can't get it off. So, he runs to the nearest cemetery, finds a shovel, starts digging... but when he slices into the flesh of another corpse, ''it gets up and tell him he cannot bury the corpse here.'' He runs to another graveyard, tries again, and the exact same thing happens. Every cemetery he goes to and tries to bury the corpse in, another one already buried there gets up and says he can't. Eventually, just as he can see the first signs of the sun rising, he finds a cemetery with an open grave, with a shovel and a pile of dirt next to it. The corpse slides off him into the grave, and quickly buries it, barely finishing before the morning starts. He goes back home and agrees to marry the girl, but if that is how the faeries act benevolently, one shudders to imagine what they do if they become malevolent...
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What are urban legends but modern folk tales? As such, they fit in perfectly here.
* The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern vampire, a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has supernatural strength and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between TheGreys and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] is one of the more nightmare inducing creatures of recent times. There are no confirmed attacks on humans yet, but who knows?
* Many [[http://bogleech.com/realaliens.html aliens]] can be nightmarish, as well. Although many of the stranger aliens on this list are NightmareRetardant, the more infamous aliens on this list are truly creepy.
** While the Hopkinsville Goblins are UglyCute, the fact that they're NighInvulnerable little bastards who attacked a Kentucky family's homestead makes them disturbingly creepy.
** The infamous Flatwoods Monster is another alien sighting that has actually been hostile to humans. Not to mention its resemblance to traditional depictions of the Grim Reaper.
** You forgot the fact that this...''[[HumanoidAbomination thing]]'' was able to shoot venomous gasses from huge tubes on its body!
** It's quite telling that both the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Flatwoods Monster were used as inspiration for the alien abduction Romani Ranch side quest (one of the most terrifying things in the game), in ''Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask''.
** Although TheGreys are usually overdone to the point of {{Narm}} in pop culture, just the thought of ineffable, emotionless beings lodged right in the UncannyValley abducting people and probing their bodies - perhaps even impregnating them with alien-human hybrids - is just plain creepy.
** Then we have [[TheReptilians the Reptoids]]. While TheGreys are mostly neutral, the Reptoids are hostile reptilian [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]] who have infiltrated the highest levels of society and control the world, if you believe [[ConspiracyTheorist David Icke]]. Even then, the less batshit crazy encounters with Reptoids still paint a portrait of [[ToServeMan possible man-eaters]].
* Finally, we have the Mothman, an infamous harbinger of doom who may not actually DO anything but silently stare at people and creep them the hell out, but it tends to forbode disasters.
* Similar to the Mothman, we have the Owlman of Mawnan, a beast who is far more malevolent than its American cousin.
* The JerseyDevil is more than just the namesake of a hockey team. This demon is a slayer of livestock who was reportedly born when its mother wished that her thirteenth child would be a devil. It then [[SelfMadeOrphan killed its family]], and sightings of this monster have endured from the 1700's to the present day.
* The Mongolian death worm, or allghoi khorkoi, is a two-and-a-half-foot long SandWorm that's said to live in the Gobi Desert. It's called the Allghoi Khorkoi since it resembles [[NauseaFuel a blood-red cow intestine]], and the death worm because it can spit deadly venom and [[ShockAndAwe electrocute]] its prey.
* Goatman, an AxCrazy being from the southern United States who brutally murders people and destroys parked cars with an axe.
** Don't forget Bunnyman, who's basically Goatman but as a huge, humanoid rabbit with an axe. While that may sound pretty ridiculous, and is probably a dude in an outfit, it's still plenty creepy that a guy insane enough to run around in a bunny suit, vandalizing property for no reason at all, is out free in the world and carrying an axe.
* Although kids have often heard of these other cryptids, don't tell your kids about the Popobawa. A one-eyed, bat-like ogre from Africa, it's said to sodomize its victims in the middle of the night.
* Burrunjor. Descriptions of it say it is a large scaly predator that stands on two legs with two tiny arms. It is 25 feet in length, and eats large animals, like cattle. Cast of its footprints show it has three toes. Yeah, it's a motherfucking Tyrannosaurus Rex. ''AND OF COURSE IT'S FROM AUSTRALIA!''
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** The Jubokko. If a tree takes root in soil where a great battle or massacres took place, where the blood of thousands saturated the soil, it will develop an appetite for human blood. Whenever an unsuspecting traveler passes beneath a Jubokko, it will snatch them up with finger-like branches and drain them of all fluids with jagged, tube-like twigs. Worst of all, aside from the bones lying beneath its roots and a few twisted-looking branches, [[ParanoiaFuel a Jubokko is indistinguishable from a normal tree.]]
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