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->''"Chupacabra. They're all over Mexico."''
-->-- '''Brock Samson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''

An [[UrbanLegends Urban Myth]] monster of Latin American origin, believed to suck the blood of livestock animals, especially goats (thus the name, which is Spanish for "[[AccidentalInnuendo Goatsucker]]"). Combines old VampireTropes with [[AliensAndMonsters modern UFO mythology]], by way of OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious.

The myth began in Puerto Rico during the 1970s. At the time, there was a rash of animal slayings, mostly farm animals that had bled to death. This caused some people to (halfway seriously) think some kind of vampiric creature was on the loose; it became known as "The Moca Vampire" (Moca being the town were the attacks started). The attacks eventually stopped as mysteriously as they had begun. The local yellow journals, of course, exploited them to the hilt.

Coincidentally, at the same time, similar unexplained cattle slayings were taking place in the southwestern United States. In their case, they gave rise to the urban legend of [[AliensStealCattle aliens stealing cattle]] for experimentation.

In the 1990s, the attacks started happening again on Puerto Rico. This time, people started calling the "monster" El Chupacabras, later shortened to just Chupacabra (supposedly, Silverio Perez of the comedy group Series/LosRayosGama coined the name). A magazine called "Revista OVNI" (UFO Magazine) came up with the theory that the creature could have been created by aliens (likely inspired by the American cattle slayings theory). They also provided an artist's conception of what it looked like -- showing a creature resembling a skinny, big eyed [[TheGreys "Grey" type alien]] but with fangs, claws, scaly skin and a ridge of spines along the back. Despite having no actual evidence for any of this, people embraced it, and the current concept of the Chupacabra was born. The slayings were never officially resolved, though reportedly an American expert on animal attacks identified them as being caused by wild dogs, based on some pictures of the carcasses he saw.

The myth became surprisingly popular across Central and South America over the years, and even in the Southern United States, with people claiming to have actually seen the creature. Interestingly, it changed its appearance on its travels: in Latin countries, it's reported as being a bizarre [[RedEyesTakeWarning red-eyed]] alien being with spines along its back, like the page image. In the US, they tend to take on the appearance of hairless dogs. It also has been featured on several TV shows and movies, effectively being treated as the Latin American equivalent of [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfoot]]. Pop culture spread the chupacabra even further, with recent sightings as far as Russia.

The Chupacabra is sometimes known as the [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Chupacabras]]. This is in fact the original form of the name in Spanish; this type of compound word in Spanish (verb + noun) usually has the plural form of the noun (other examples: ''el abrelatas'' "the can opener", ''el sacapuntas'' "the pencil sharpener", ''el tocadiscos'' "the record player", ''el pisapapeles'' "the paperweight"). [[{{Demythtification}} In 2010, corpses of quadrupedal "Chupacabra" were analyzed and revealed to be coyotes afflicted with mange]], while the bipedal Chupacabra originated from Madelyne Tolentino, the eyewitness from the Puerto Rico cases, believing that the monster Sil from the science fiction horror film ''Film/{{Species}}'', which she had watched prior to making the report, was real.
!!Some examples of series that have made references to the Chupacabra:


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpLiTe4c3aQ Looks like he's a spokesman for pre-paid DirecTV!]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU4-B_5qkm0 Apparently it's possible to order one too, according to this Sears commercial.]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' references the Chupacabra once or twice. In the original, it was just theorized that it was a Chupacabra behind the vampire attacks. (In truth, it was [[spoiler:Evangeline.]]) In the second animated series ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason'', it became more of a RunningGag, ranging from a Chupacabra-based club being used as a cover for those who discovered Negi's secret and Asuna printing far too many Chupa-Tees to sell, to [[spoiler:Negi being turned into a chupacabra as punishment for revealing magic to normal humans]]. Even in the Spring OVA, a small portion is spent on a Chupacabra hunt, and at the very end, a Chupacabra is seen watching the plane fly away. The Chupacabra shown here is much more comical than most versions, resembling more a spotted potato with fangs than anything else.
* In the manga of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', when the girls are planning to go to the zoo to see real pandas instead of just pictures, Osaka thinks of something else she wants to see. When she remembers, what she says is translated as "the chupacabra". (The anime version of the same scene says something else, and the original version says she wanted to [[MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes see her life flash before her eyes]].)
* The Chupacabra is referred to by name in ''Manga/SgtFrog'', complete with a RecycledInSpace variant called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Space Chupacabra]], but eating goats is never brought up - it's still considered as urban myth though, and the resident mythological-creature-hunter Alisa Southerncross goes after it - but gets [[TheWorfEffect curbstomped bigtime]] as it ''eats'' her surrogate father Nevula.
** Additionally, one episode featured a giant Chupacabra with a frill named [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ultra/images/c/cd/Capras.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20150121084251 Capras]], a parody of a monster from ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' called [[http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Jirass Jirass]] whose design was simply another classic monster with a frill added -- Godzilla.
* In ''Anime/OccultAcademy'', Maya and the gang investigate mysterious cattle mutilations near their school. At first, they dismiss it as a bad-natured prank. [[spoiler: The chupacabra eventually kidnap Ami, and it's up to the rest of the gang to save her.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Otae inexplicably finds a cave swarming with chupacabras while the gang is lost in the mountains and in search of shelter from a snowstorm. She thinks it would be a good place to stay if they can beat all of them up, but everyone else is too creeped out by them to bother.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' manga ''Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery'', [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Remilia]] has a pet chupacabra which she initially believes is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treeshrew tupai]]. Even after finding out the truth, she still thinks "Tupai" is cute.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', while not having any actual Chupacabra's, does have a main character named "[[MeaningfulName Moka]]" that is a vampire, which is likely a case of ShownTheirWork .

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' miniseries, "Isla de la Muerte" (Island of Death), had the superheroes coming to Puerto Rico to deal with the Chupacabra.
* In ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'', [[Franchise/TheFlash Impulse]] raced over to Puerto Rico to look for one after reading a cryptozoology book - [[http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/2817/impulsechupacabra.png lifting rocks and animals while calling out for it]].
* In the MonsterMash comic ''Comicbook/ThePerhapanauts'', the team's comic relief and somewhat TeamPet is Choopie, a [[UpliftedAnimal intellectually enhanced chupacabra]] (though not that enhanced).
* The comic book ''Proof'' features a chupacabra as a recurring character. Its true form has never been seen, because its M.O. is to kill people and wear their skin.
* In his New 52 mini-series ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}}'' is keeping a Chupacabra named Collin as a pet [[spoiler: as it turns out he is an alien who lost his translator and he used to be a ''Franchise/GreenLantern'']]
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} fought a bunch of chupacapras who kidnapped a goat named [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella]].
* Paradox Press's ''The Big Book of the Unexplained'' explores the Chupacabra legends in depth.
* A ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' issue of ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' featured one as a failed experiment by Professor Frink. After killing everyone at Moe's, he meets his end when he is unable to handle the amount of blood in [[TheAlcoholic Barney's]] blood.
* The IDW graphic novel "Chicacabra" (written and drawn by Creator/TomBeland who also did the above mentioned Fantastic Four story) is about a Puerto Rican girl named Izzy who finds an abandoned lab and gets merged with the last living Chupacabra (the rest were killed).

* ''Film/TheBurrowers'': The titular creatures are very similar to the idea of the Chupacabra. [[spoiler: They attack buffalo, slit their throats, and then wait for them to rot before consuming them.]]
* Numerous obscure little horror films, including:
** ''Chupacabra Terror''.
** The "Mongo Chupa" segment of ''Terror Overload''.
** ''[=GoatSucker=]''.
** ''El Matadero''.
** ''Mexican Werewolf in Texas''.
** ''El Chupacabra''.
** ''Legend of the Chupacabra''.
* ''Film/{{Indigenous}}'' features them as the monsters, who stalks a group of tourists through the jungle.

* In the horror anthology ''Tropical Tales Of Terror'' The Chupacabras were actually a hidden race of intelligent, predatory birds.
* A Chupacabra named Xolo shows up in the ''Literature/CalLeandros'' series as the vampire Cherish's cute, seemingly harmless pet. That is, until he's revealed to be [[spoiler:a telepath who [[MindRape Mind Rapes]] Niko and whom Cherish uses to control the other characters.]]
* One of ''Literature/FalconQuinn's'' friends is a chupacabra named Pearl. Rather than an alien, she more closely resembles a fairy with a large [[BewareMyStingerTail stinger tail]]. And while she does enjoy chupa-ing the occasional cabra, she's more fond of flower nectar. She's also ''extremely'' proud of her heritage. ''[[BoisterousBruiser Extremely.]]''
* Numerous chupacabras appear in the ''Literature/InCryptid'' series as therianthropic cryptids: James (Verity's competitive dance partner) in ''DiscountArmageddon'' and ''Midnight Blue-Light Special,'' Princess Leya-you-out, one of Antimony's fellow [[UsefulNotes/RollerDerby jammers]] in "Bad Dream Girl" and "Jammed," and Malena, one of Verity's fellow dancers in ''Chaos Choreography.'' Their beast form is the typical scabrous reptile-wolf creature, their human form is indistinguishable from a Latin@ person of their age and build.
* Chupacabra packs are among the first creatures encountered in ''Literature/JackieAndCraig'' and form a central element of the book's overall atmosphere/storyline.
* Chupacabras appear as the guard dogs for the [[TheGreys Little Green Men]] in ''Literature/MrBlank''. The narrator wonders if they aren't some weird hillbilly version of the Greys.
* Robin T. Popp's ''Night Slayer'' paranormal romance series features chupacabras as the creatures who create vampires, though they're more like critters than monsters. They're also interesting in that they [[spoiler:temporarily turn to stone in daylight]].
* ''Literature/DeadSilver'' starts with the main character heading off to New Mexico in order to capture a chupacabra.
* In ''Literature/TheGolgothaSeries'', Mutt and Jim take down a chupacabra which has been troubling the town. It can fly, and has glowing HypnoticEyes which fortunately only work on goats.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** The episode "El Mundo Gira" reveals that the Chupacabras are actually illegal immigrants who have been infected by an alien fungus.
** The standard version is discussed in "Bad Blood". Mulder presents Scully a new case -- dead cows that have been exsanguinated. Scully ironically asks if it wasn't by any chance that Mexican goatsucker.
--->'''Scully:''' You're not gonna tell me you think it's that Mexican goatsucker thing.
--->'''Mulder:''' El Chupacabra? No, they got four fangs, not two, and they suck goats, hence the name.
--->'''Scully:''' So, instead, this would be...
--->'''Mulder:''' Classic vampirism.
--->'''Scully:''' Of a bunch of cows.
* An episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' amusingly featured a rampaging critter which wasn't ''called'' a Chupacabra on-screen, but was blatantly modeled after the standard description of the beast. (See picture above for the general idea.)
* A featured monster on Creator/AnimalPlanet's ''Series/LostTapes''. This version differed from the image above in that it was more of a canine-like ground-dwelling bat monster.
* One of the three leaders of the Yuumajuu in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' is [[spoiler:Buredoran]] of the Chupacabra.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' had a Chupacabra as a possible ''suspect'' in one episode, "The Truth In The Myth".
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' had a Chupacabra episode.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', another hunter brushes off Sam and Dean by telling them he's heard there's one "two states over". The implication is that chasing after chupacabras would be a waste of the Winchesters' talents.

* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' makes a quick joke about it. Sarge calls it a "Chupa-thingie."
** He is still fond of calling the team's jeep "Chupa-baby."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' tells us that Chupacabras...Chupacabrae... Chupacab... "Goat Suckers" have actually been around since the late 19th Century. [[AllMythsAreTrue True to the stories that have sprung up around them]] in modern times, [[spoiler: they are formed when someone of Latin American descent betrays another.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', in its desire to fill up its Bestiaries with as much cryptids and folkloric creatures from real life instead of making up new things like [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons its arch-rival]], includes a chupe that's a fair bit more [[http://images.wikia.com/pathfinder/images/c/cb/Chupacabra.jpg lizard-like]] than the standard portrayal.
* One of the ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' Gangrel clanbooks has a Chupacabra character template, with a backstory of being Embraced while in wilderness, driven half-crazy by the [[EnemyWithin Beast]] and feeding on animals due to lack of human prey in the area.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' introduced two to the game as "Beast Horrors" in Ixalan block: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=435265 Lurking Chupacabra]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=439739 Ravenous Chupacabra]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' has a Scavenger-type boss monster named el Chupacabras. ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has a monster known as Chupa Khazra as well.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Hearthstone}}'', Chupacabran is a boss you can encounter during Monster Hunt in The Witchwood expansion.
* Appears as a [[DemonicSpider tough regular enemy]] in the later ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, although a translation error led to it being called "Cave Troll". In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'', getting its soul lets Soma attack with a Gene Simmons-style [[OverlyLongTongue long ass tongue]].
* Chupacabra is one of the many mythical and folkloric beings that appears in the ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei'' games.
* You can summon Chupacabras in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' -- they attack goats on sight. Amusingly, they can wear hats and can hold items.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, Hungers are a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] that are very similar in appearance to the "alien-style" Chupacabra, complete with claws, spikes, and a "sucker" mouth. Hungers are capable of [[VampiricDraining draining the Fatigue]] of their prey and have have extremely long, weaponized tongues.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts 3'' one of the hunting quests is for the Chupacabra. In [[spoiler:Chichen Itza]] of all places.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' has a chupacabra that can be killed as part of a challenge. There's even an achievement for doing so, titled "[[Machinima/RedVsBlue Chupathingy]]."
%%* Greasels from ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', [[ConspiracyTheorist No-Bark Noonan]] confuses a Nightkin for one of these. When someone explains the holes in the murdered cattle were made by bullets, Noonan concludes that's even worse: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} it's a Chupacabra with an automatic weapon!]]
* They're an tough enemy in ''VideoGame/LetsGoFindElDorado'' that can kill off one of your party members on contact with your wagon.
* There's one in the flash game, ''VideoGame/SteppenwolfTheXCreaturesProject.'' It's depicted as a winged monster with two fangs and a {{cult}} devoted to it, who control it by means of a whistle.
* The primary enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Faith}}'' is a monster inhabiting the woods that has been cited as a Chupacabra by the local newspapers. Itís depicted as a pallid, nightmarish HumanoidAbomination that runs on all fours, speaks in BlackSpeech, and rips you and the wildlife to shreds. [[spoiler:Itís hinted to actually be [[WasOnceAMan a human]] who has been [[DemonicPossession possessed]] for so long that their body has been mutated beyond recognition.]]

* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', while avoiding Bun-bun, Aylee (Torg's alien secretary) goes to pick up a tray of drinks for the group. The waitress is terrified and stammers "Do not eat me, chupacabra!" to which Aylee cheerfully responds "Do not eat ''me'', senorita!", thinking it's a normal human greeting. She later resolves to use one of Bun-bun's greetings, "your money or your life!"
* Ursula Vernon's small webcomic ''[[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/uvernon/irrationalfears/series.php Irrational Fears]]'' features a chupacabra facing down various monsters.
* Jeffrey Rowland's ''Webcomic/{{Overcompensating}}'' has featured several storylines featuring a Chupacabra.
* In a throwaway gag, a victim of the gender-shifting orb in ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' is in gathering signatures on a petition to save the "spotted chupacabra".
* ''Webcomic/BloodyUrban'' lampshades this trope. The Chupacabra is a disguise used by [[VegetarianVampire Shaun]] in the [[http://bloodyurban.smackjeeves.com/comics/2071158/throwback-tuesday-chupacabras-partial-recolour-redraw/ strip of the same name]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/TheImpossibleMan'', the chupacabra is actually a [[CoolPet pet]] owned by teenager Angela Salinas. It's appearance in the story resembles the cartoon rendition of chupacabra, where it is a green furball with fangs, as featured on some Puerto Rican T-Shirts.
* ''Website/SpecWorld'' has (or had) a fictional cryptid called the [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080618093255/www.bowdoin.edu/~dbensen/Spec/Chupie.html Chupie]] (links to Web Archive because the page hasn't been moved to the new host yet).
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2636 2636]], or ''[[AltumVidetur Potrix caprarum sapiens]]'', is the sapient and [[MakeMeWannaShout loud]] [[LastOfHisKind last remnant]] of the chupacabra species, and [[spoiler:the virgin mother for their MessianicArchetype]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The animated movie ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheMonsterOfMexico,'' which not only gets the origin of the creature ''completely'' wrong (treating it as being part of '''Aztec''' mythology!) but redesigned it to look more bigfoot-like. (The writers might have gotten it confused with the Nahual, a lycanthropic being from local folklore.)
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had an episode that claimed Dexter had created it as a little reptilian monster that he named Charlie to scare off Dee Dee from his lab, but he had escaped to Mexico and started attacking goats ("I never said it was a completely successful experiment").
* ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' had an episode titled "Isla de Chupacabras."
* The monster also appears in an episode, "Dia de Los Dangerous!", of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', inexplicably leaping from Brock's car to attack Dr. Venture. Apparently, Mexico is full of them. Amusingly, Dr. Venture had earlier declared them to be nonsense.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the Planet Express crew ventured into the sewers where the local mutants lived in fear of a vicious monster they called El Chupanibre, which fed on their domesticated crocodiles, much to their anger.
** The Bone Vampire from the {{Uncancelled}} episode "Fry am the Egg Man" is also inspired by the Chupacabra.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' episode "The Curse of the Chupacabra" features Jackie and El Toro fighting one of these while in Mexico and El Toro being scratched by it causing him to become one himself, until the curse is broken. Like the ''Scooby Doo'' example above, the creature is mistakenly said to be from Aztec legend.
* It appeared in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': It comes out of the TV screen while Billy is watching a magical videotape in a parody of ''Film/TheRing''. It latches onto his nose. Grim presumes that it's trying to eat his brains, and Mandy thinks it'll starve. Of course, Billy being [[TheDitz what he is]], doesn't know what it is and can't even pronounce its name ("Chupa-ma-flablah").
* On ''WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel'', the title characters tried to claim that they had one as a pet. Then, it turned out that there really was one in town.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigreTheAdventuresOfMannyRivera'', Manny adopts a baby chupacabra as a pet.
* The ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' had chupacabra as [[BadSanta Rudo Claus']] reindeer.
* Referenced in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZIM'', when Gaz tells Dib she thinks she saw one lurking around the mall's parking garage so she can get rid of him for the afternoon. Dib notes that there aren't any goats around for miles, but nonetheless, he spends the rest of the episode wandering around the garage in search of it.
* Appears in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', and it turns ''not'' to be an [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual EVO]] like most of the monsters in the series. It's also poisonous.
* The 2011 ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' movie has chupacabra as one of Puss' nicknames.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Pam refers to herself as "... like some kind of Chupacabra. But for dicks"
* One ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had Cartman's hunt for the Jewpacabra.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the gang sets out to find the Chupacabra, who apparently turned out to be a secret agent by OWCA unbeknownst to them.
* ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'': Chupacabra is actually a vampire named Dvorak, who became deformed and driven nearly insane after biting something that didn't agree with him ([[spoiler:General Rinaker]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/GrojBand'' had one episode feature a monster called "El Chewpoocaca" as a {{Homage}} to this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MikeTysonMysteries'', in "The End", Mike Tyson fights a Chupacabra and beats it by punching it in the groin. It gets back up and it gets taken down by Creator/CormacMcCarthy [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext as a centaur and the Chupacabra is actually John Updike, a novelist, who was thought to be dead but he actually transformed into a Chupacabra for some reason]].

* There actually are RealLife animals called "goatsuckers", but they're ''birds'' of the nightjar family. Long before the modern chupacabra legend got started, these nocturnal insect-eaters were rumored to drain the milk out of nanny goats' udders.
* Native tribes across the Americas have legends of a bipedal bloodsucking entity nicknamed "[[https://www.axs.com/monster-of-the-week-mosquito-man-98572 Mosquito Man]]", whose description has led some folklorists to suggest the chupacabra is OlderThanTheyThink.