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->'''Pinkie Pie:''' What's a griffon?\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' She's half eagle, half lion.\\
'''Gilda:''' And AAAAAALL awesome!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

OurMonstersAreDifferent, dealing with [[MixAndMatchCritters bird/mammal hybrids]].

While not as popular as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] or {{Unicorn}}s, Gryphons, also known as Griffins or Griffons, with Alces and Keythongs being archaic alternatives, are still prominent beasts in modern fantasy.

The oldest gryphon myths come from the Myth/EgyptianMythology and ancient Sumer. Later, they were picked up by Myth/ClassicalMythology, and afterward used in Heraldry. They became a symbol of Christianity thanks to being a mixture of two majestic creatures that Christians back then saw as the "kings" of animals. After that, they went into literature, but their popularity would be low until the 1990's.

Gryphons are fairly consistent in their portrayal in modern media; almost invariably they are portrayed as guardians of sorts, mostly of treasures, or as winged steeds of sorts. If you are really prone to do some research you can see that their love for gold, their negative reaction towards horses, and their old conflict with vaguely cyclopean races are in fact drawn from myth, but don't expect them to be very prominent. All in all, gryphons seem to have three main body plans:

* The '''Classical Gryphon''', or '''Griffin''', which is portrayed as a MixAndMatch critter with the body, back limbs and tail of a lion (often with a feather fan at the tip), the wings, head, and front legs from a bird of prey and big ears that may or may not be based on the "ears" of eagle owls.
* The '''Opinicus''', a slight variation with has the front legs of a lion, rendering only the wings and head (and sometimes they even don't have the wings) as being bird like; don't expect ears to show up. It may or may not have a snake's tail.
* The '''Wingless Gryphon''', also called the '''Minoan Gryphon''', '''Alces''', '''Keythong''' and '''Demigryph''', depicted as either a regular gryphon without wings or an eagle-headed lion. The exact name used tends to depend on context and the precise anatomy of the creature. "Minoan gryphon" tends to be restricted to gryphons in the artwork of the Minoan civilization of Crete. The alces and keythong originate in medieval heraldry, with the keythong being distinguished by spikes or thorns replacing the wings (in fact, those "spikes" are sun rays). "Demigryph" is a more recent term and tends to be applied in fantasy fiction to all wingless gryphons, although those depicted with sun rays sprouting from their shoulders are still typically called keythongs.
* The '''Hippogriff''', which resembles a gryphon with the body and back limbs of a horse[[labelnote:*]]Nothing to do with hippopotamuses, "hippo" is Greek for "horse" AndNowYouKnow[[/labelnote]] instead of a lion, was made newly popular by Creator/JKRowling, but was otherwise already well established in [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance Renaissance lore]] due to its use in Ludovico Ariosto's epic ''Orlando Furioso''[[labelnote:*]]Hippogriffs appear or are mentioned sporadically in works before the ''Orlando'', but both their popularity and their nature and appearance in later works are very much due to their appearance in Ariosto's epic[[/labelnote]]. It seems to have originally been an extravagant CueTheFlyingPigs-style joke: "breeding gryphons with horses" was a metaphor used by Creator/{{Virgil}} for an impossible task, since gryphons '''ate''' horses (compare "[[Film/Ghostbusters1984 dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria]]"). Nowadays, though, it's become synonymous with [[Franchise/HarryPotter certain teenage wizards]]. Other ungulates might be used instead of horses.

Sometimes other mythological winged bird/mammal hybrids are referred as "gryphons"; the most SadlyMythtaken case must be part bird and part stag [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peryton Peryton]][[note]]originally a joke mythical creature invented by Argentinean author Creator/JorgeLuisBorges for ''The Book of Imaginary Beings'', but a case of SadlyMythtaken turned it into a staple in books of mythical beasts[[/note]].

May overlap with GiantFlyer should the gryphon have wings. The wingless opinicus never flies, being seemingly not as magical as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent eastern dragons]]. In contrast to their formerly benign religious symbolism, an example being the Gryphon in Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', which represents the mingling of the human and divine natures in [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Christ]], modern gryphons often appear as dark if not demonic, though [[DarkIsNotEvil they might still be good]]; or [[LightIsNotGood they may be light-themed but evil]]. They are sometimes used as [[HorseOfADifferentColor flying steeds]]. If gryphons are used as part of the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom, one may then expect a WingedHumanoid to be present.

See also CallAPegasusAHippogriff and HoldYourHippogriffs.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has Gryphomon, a truly awesome-looking Mega-level Phantom Beast Digimon who has sadly only made brief appearances thus far. He's the version that has a snake for its tail. However, it's the ''front end'' of the snake, meaning his tail should be just as capable of killing you (assuming it's poisonous) as his front end. There's also a hippogryph Digimon. AllThereInTheManual says he's Gryphomon's previous form, but [[spoiler: in the actual show, he was a disguise for a bad guy]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has griffins as a creature type. They're usually white flying creatures, stronger than [[{{Pegasus}} pegasi]] and some spirits but weaker than [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]].
** ''Scars of Mirrodin'' has [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=194323 Razor Hippogriff]], currently the only true hippogriff in TheMultiverse. Hippogriffs also appear in Innistrad, usually as allies to the Church of Avacyn, but [[CallAPegasusAHippogriff they're typed and referred to as griffins]] alongside the regular kind. In sets set on Innistrad, the hippogriff creature type is instead used for gryffs, which are like hippogriffs, but with four horse legs and the tail, wings and head of a heron.
** Griffins are also common in the plane of Theros, based off of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]]. Athreos, the ferryman who brings the dead to the underworld, uses [[https://scryfall.com/card/ths/202 skeletal griffins]] to fetch the souls who try to avoid the crossing.
** While most griffins use the traditional eagle and lion anatomy, exceptions include [[https://scryfall.com/card/mir/43 Teremko Griffin]], which has the hindquarters of a leopard, [[https://scryfall.com/card/m12/29 Peregrine Griffin]], with the forequarters of a peregrine falcon, and [[https://scryfall.com/card/rix/170 Resplendent Griffin]], from the {{Mayincatec}} plane of Ixalan, with the forequarters of a brightly colored parrot.
** While [[https://magiccards.info/hou/en/122.html Majestic Myriarch]], from ''Hour of Devastation'', is technically typed as a chimera rather than a griffin, its appearance -- a lion with the head of a raptorial bird and a pair of translucent energy wings -- still gives across the impression of a griffon. With a cobra for a tail.

* ''FanFic/ThePalaververse'':
** The griffons live in a large number of proudly independent tribes and clans scattered in the Greycairns and the Hyperborean Mountains throughout most of the Ungulan continent, with many living in Equestria. Historically, they have never answered to any single ruler, although in the past [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone a chieftain named Grover managed to unite many tribes around his home in Griffonstone and make himself king, giving the griffons unity until Griffonstone fell into ruin]]. In the modern day, another chieftain named Gellert has managed to unite the majority of the griffon tribes, becoming their de facto ruler.
** There are also the axex, a subspecies of sorts, who are part of the federation of Gazellen.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Wind Breaker is a classic griffon with the front of a bird of prey (though he's colored more like a falcon than an eagle) and the back of a lion. Griffons are also described as having two different subspecies, mountain griffons and the smaller valley griffons, Wind Breaker being the latter type.
* In ''FanFic/EquestriaDivided'', House Stormwing uses both regular gryphons and keythongs.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' has a particularly weird gryphon (voiced by Bronson Pinchot of ''Perfect Strangers'' fame). While following the classical griffin design, said body design is pretty much ''distorted'': the bird front quarters are proportionally much larger than the lion hindquarters, while the head is the not particularly eagle-like, except for the beak, which resembles more that of a vulture. Overall, his pathetic appearance reflects his status on the story as a ButtMonkey, being continually beaten by a falcon ten times ''smaller'' than him and by his boss, to whom he is loyal though sadly very incompetent at doing his job. Finally he is burned, presumably to death, by Siamese twin dragons, and on top of that he is considered TheScrappy by the fans. AlasPoorScrappy indeed.
* In ''[[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Fantasia 2000]]'', a gryphon can be seen among the various mythical creatures (the others being a dragon and a unicorn) that were mocking the animals as they were boarding [[Literature/TheBible Noah's Ark]] , and presumably drowned in the flood.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', the villain Merlock transforms into a gryphon as part of his OneWingedAngel act.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In Creator/RayHarryhausen's ''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad'' an opinicus, representing good, fights a centaur cyclops. In the ensuing fight it becomes clear the griffin is gaining the upper hand until Prince Koura slashes the griffin's hind leg, weakening it and allowing the cyclopean centaur to throttle the griffin.
* Disney's ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' movies features classical gryphons, [[AdaptationExpansion which aren't present in the original books]], and yet no flying horses, which (barely) are.
* An early draft of the American ''Film/Godzilla1998'' featured a rival monster called the Gryphon; however, [[CallAPegasusAHippogriff it is described as an amalgam]] of [[HybridMonster mountain lion and bat]] rather than the traditional lion and eagle.
* Like the book series, the compressed adaptation of ''Film/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' included a griffin but only halfway through the movie, whose only purpose was to fly the heroes to the [[LandofFaerie Secret Glade]].

* In the second book of the ''Literature/DragonRider'' series by Cornelia Funke, ''The Griffin's Feather'', griffins have the traditional love of gold and hatred of horses -- but, surprisingly, they have a poisonous snake for a tail (suggesting that they have interbred with chimeras at some point). Surprisingly, they have live births while the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Pegasus Pegasus]] in this universe lays eggs. The majority of griffins, as they come from the Babylonian desert, have tawny plumage and fur, but one younger griffin who had been born in the Indonesian jungle has bright green feathers, a blue-green snake-tail, and the fur of a marbled cat. Some speculate that he is the son of a 'Pelangi bird' -- and as the book is unclear on what these are, they might be an Indonesian species of griffin which have bred with the Babylonian migrants.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'': Buckbeak/Witherwings, of course. Perhaps currently the most famous example of an hippogriff-style gryphon. More "traditional" griffins also exist in the Potterverse, but as part of the background lore.
* In the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, the Kinshaya race are essentially griffins, being mammals with four legs and a pair of wings sprouting from their back. They are too heavy to fly, though- in modern Kinshaya, the wings are used for display purposes instead.
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' has a classical gryphon, which is about as much of a help as the mock turtle. He only appears rarely in the movie versions, being no help to Alice opposite Cary Grant in 1933. In the 2010 movie it is implied he once fought against the Jabberwock, [[http://aliceinwonderland.wikia.com/wiki/File:2010-jabberwock-gryphon.jpg as a picture of him fighting the monster appears in a mural.]]
** Both the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle do appear in a commercial promoting the Disney film, however.
* ''Literature/TheFirebringerTrilogy'' has gryphons that prey on unicorn colts, probably a reference to the mythical horse-eating gryphons.
* Frank Stockton, the author of the well-known story ''The Lady or the Tiger'' wrote another popular story entitled ''The Griffin and the Minor Canon''. Stockton's Griffin is, from its description, quite obviously meant to be a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]. While the front half matches the usual type, the wings have spikes on their joints and it has no hindquarters, having a snakelike tail that ends in a barbed tip that glows red hot when it's angry. It eats only at the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and feeds only on the brave and the good.
* In ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' there is a gryphon called Byron. In the original books his design is actually quite original, as while following the classical griffin design his beak has teeth/teeth-like serrations and his ears are actually similar to those of a lion. The movie had him as a typical griffin however.
* Keladry from the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' raises a baby Opinicus-type griffin until his parents are found, getting savaged often in a subversion of PetBabyWildAnimal. Griffins there are intelligent, if hard to communicate with and not quite on the level of humans and some other immortals. They're also {{Living Lie Detector}}s -- it's physically impossible to lie when they are near -- whose feathers have related properties such as seeing through illusions and making arrows fly truer. Griffins can sense if someone has handled their young, and will kill whoever that is unless, as with Kel, there's a translator there to explain. And there are also hurroks (horse-hawks), which like griffins are magical immortals, but decidedly nastier and more animal.
* In the Creator/DianaWynneJones novel ''Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm'' and its sequel, ''Year of the Griffin'', feature a mixed human and griffin family, the result of a wizard who created intelligent griffins by mixing lion, eagle, (and later, cat) germ plasm with his own and his wife's and raising the hybrid kids alongside his more traditionally-conceived (human) children. There are also naturally occurring griffins in the world, which gave the wizard the idea in the first place.
* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series by Creator/MercedesLackey, gryphons are highly intelligent beings who were [[CreatingLifeIsAwesome created by a powerful mage]] thousands of years before the main timeline; their origins are explored in the ''Mage Wars'' prequel trilogy. They are universally noble and brave but also vain and hedonistic. Unlike some of the intelligent races, which lacking human mouths communicate solely through [[{{Telepathy}} Mindspeech]], gryphons can speak aloud but are prone to {{Sssssnaketalk}} and TrrrillingRrrs. They are not capable of carrying a rider, but if you magic up a basket to be weightless you might find a gryphon to tow it for you.
* Like all Speakers in ''Literature/TheDragonWarsSaga'', gryphons come in various types depending on affinity. Kimi has an ice affinity and is half arctic eagle, half snow leopard.
* The Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin short story "Darkness Box" features gryphons used as war animals, which are apparently immortal (or near to it) and which bond closely to their owners.
* In the ''Literature/HellsGate'' series by Dave Weber and Linda Evans, griffins are barely controllable killing machines created by [[{{Magitek}} magical]] [[OrganicTechnology genetic engineering]].
* The ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' gryffin also appears in the Literature/ThursdayNext books.
* E.R. Eddison's fantasy novel ''Mistress of Mistresses,'' featured hippogriffs as part of an ImpossibleTask. (They also appear in ''Literature/TheWormOuroboros''.) He illustrated the book himself, and gave them horse heads, raptor wings and front legs, and lion rear halves. Not quite your classical hippogriff!
* Edward Ormondroyd's ''David and the Phoenix'' features three different species, each with a [[PhantasySpelling slightly different spelling]]. The reader encounters the lazy, [[TheDitz thick-headed]] '''griffens''' and vicious, territorial '''griffons'''; the amiable, red-feathered '''griffins''' remain off-screen.
* Griffons are used as artificial soldiers by the [[GeniusLoci Gaian entity]] in the short story ''Aeon's Child'' set in the ''Literature/GreatShip'' universe. The griffons have claws adapted to be compatible with high-powered laser rifles, and have beaks made of hyperfiber; a nearly indestructible compound. They are sentient, ([[HiveMind sort of]]).
* In ''Literature/ImagineSomeday'', griffins are ProudWarriorRaceGuys but have no magic powers to speak of.
* In Creator/ErinMorgenstern's ''Literature/TheNightCircus'', Celia uses them as figures on the carousel. Once Widget and Poppet both wanted to ride one, and Celia had to tell of the {{Kitsune}} to get Poppet to ride the nine-tailed fox instead.
* Rachel Neumeier's ''Griffin Mage Trilogy'' features griffins who are magical and fully intelligent -- even if they mix with humans only very problematically. They are also strongly associated with fire, and live in deserts.
* Bob and Sally, two just married griffins, appear in ''Literature/AFantasyAttraction'', as well as a murderous hippogriff.
* Brazzles of ''Literature/TheDivide'' are griffons, but with a number of unusual properties: their claws turn red when dipped in poison, their feathers have mystical properties [[spoiler:related to the treatment of heart conditions]], and they have a culture where male brazzles typically become mathematicians, while females are generally historians.
* ''Literature/FancyApartments'' has its own resident gryphon, Gordie; who was raised, more or less, by the building's manager.
* ''Literature/TheLotusWar'' gryphons are known as Thunder Tigers and are half-tiger rather than half-lion. They are descended from the thunder god Raiden and have lightning powers as a result. Certain individuals with supernatural bloodlines known as Stormdancers can bond telepathically with them.
* In ''Literature/TheOrphansTales'' griffins are he size of elephants, often vivid in coloration -- picture cobalt blue and marbled white. Their preferred diet is horses, their preferred material for their nests is gold, and their enemies are the Arimaspians -- gigantic cyclopses.
* The griffons in ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' grow rapidly and not only generate love, but feed off it. They will bond with the first person to demonstrate immense love in front of them and can talk with their bondsmate telepathically, though their intelligence is rather childlike. Appearance-wise, they're your traditional MixAndMatchCritters, to the point where Gabriel wonders if they weren't artifically created.
* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', a gold and white griffin appears at the top of Purgatory as an allegory for Christ, who is both God and man like the griffin is both eagle and lion. In order to make this work with the doctrine that Christ is 100% divine and 100% human with no compromise, Dante perceives the griffin as both a complete eagle and a complete lion simultaneously, creating a very bizarre image that he struggles to convey.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' has an opinicus, which acts pretty much as a one-time terror, eventually meeting its demise.
* ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'': Merlin and Arthur are attacked by creatures that [[CallAPegasusAHippogriff Merlin calls "griffins"]]. They look a little like monkeys with the patagia of a flying squirrel and the heads of hawks, and they ''act'' an awful, awful lot like the "raptors" in ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.
* Goldar from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is something of an odd example, as his leonine features include a muzzle. This, along with his fur colour and the shape of his forward fangs have lead some to assume he's a gorilla or wolf-man, but he is in fact an anthropomorphic griffin. This is backed up by his ''[[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]]'' self being named Grifforzer.
** In season two, the Yellow Ranger had a Griffin Zord (as a Western version of its ''[[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger]]'' counterpart, a Kirin).
* In ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', Kamen Rider Beast has a Griffin {{familiar}} that seems to be the Classical style.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* [[http://humon.deviantart.com/#/d4u7nvx Europe really had very different gryphons]].
* It has been suggested that the myths of the gryphons are connected to the sphinx and the mesopotanian shedu and lammassu (which also influenced the origins of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent cherubs]], other lion bodied creatures generally depicted with wings).
* According to the Greek historian Herodotus, there were griffins living among the Riphean Mountains (generally thought to mean the Urals or Carpathians) in Hyperborea (meaning "beyond the North Wind", a general term used by the Greeks to refer to [[GrimUpNorth the wild north]] beyond Thrace/modern Bulgaria and Rumania). There, they were supposed to jealously hoard gold, something that brought them in constant conflict with the Arimaspi, a race of one-eyed barbarians who lived in the same area.

* ''Pinball/{{Paragon}}'' prominently features a lion/eagle/lizard hybrid griffon on both its backglass and playfield.
* ''Pinball/MagicGirl'' has a brown-furred gryphon with taloned hands perched in the upper-right corner of the playfield.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** Karl Franz, the current [[TheEmperor Emperor]] of TheEmpire can [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking ride a gryphon into battle]] (or a [[CoolHorse regular horse]], or a [[DragonRider dragon]], depending on what you're willing to put together) that he himself raised from an egg.
** Normal Empire and High Elf Lord-class Generals have the option to have their generals ride on Griffons. Bretonnians may ride Hippogriffs. Griffons in ''Warhammer'' are a lot more varied than the traditional depiction -- they've been portrayed with markings like leopards and tigers as well as lions.
** One Imperial hero, Theodore Bruckner, rides to battle on a wingless breed, called a Demigryph. Demigryph-riding knights are an Imperial unit choice as well.
* While not actually a gryphon, the Winged Dragon of Ra from ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' looks more like a griffin with teeth than a typical dragon. He's also [[LightIsNotGood light themed]].
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Griffin spirit is the tribal totem of the Red Talons.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The game has long included the griffon and the hippogriff as part of its many, many monsters. Generally, griffons are intelligent creatures capable of either speaking human languages or at least understanding them, while hippogriffs are animals. Both are used as mounts, although obviously riders have very different relationships with a sapient griffon steed than with a hippogriff mount. Griffons prey on horses, and in some settings this includes a sense of animosity towards hippogriffs as well. Some further variants exist, such as Rimefire griffins with elemental affinity for both [[AnIcePerson ice]] and [[PlayingWithFire fire]].
** The Hieracosphinx, mentioned in the page image, has been a semi-regular monster which is here depicted as an AlwaysChaoticEvil variant of the [[RiddlingSphinx sphinx]] that can be mistaken for a griffon quite easily, due to having an eagle's head and wings on a lion's body. It's an AlwaysMale race that reproduces by raping the AlwaysFemale gynosphinxes.
** The Opinicus also appears by that name in older editions, but instead it is a ChaoticGood creature resembling a winged camel with a lion's tail and mane, a monkey's head and hands, and a love for jokes and playing pranks.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' includes the griffon, hippogriff (speculated in-universe to have come about as a wizard's weird joke on the griffons' taste for horse meat) and hieracospinx, ultimately based on their [=D&D=] incarnations. ''Pathfinder''[='=]s hippogriffs have the added peculiarity of having birdlike talons at the end of all four limbs, and do not coexist very well with true griffons -- griffons are sapient, hippogriffs aren't, and the former have a habit of hunting and eating the latter.

* There has been some speculation surrounding the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' toy of [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Silverboltbmtoy.jpg Silverbolt]], which ostensibly turns into a condor... a condor with plainly visible, not-hidden-in-the-least legs in front of its wings. The toy can be reconfigured into a griffin mode by turning these legs downward, and for all world, this makes it actually look like something. However, beyond the fact that this configuration looks a hundred times better than its "condor" mode, and that it's also something of a callback to Silverbolt's original form ([[MixAndMatchCritters a wolf-eagle hybrid]]), there is nothing official to suggest that this was the original intent of the designers, and the character appears as a condor in the animated series as well -- although the cartoon ''was'' notorious for [[ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy often disregarding what the toys looked like]], so perhaps releasing the toy as a condor was a (failed) attempt to make it resemble its on-show counterpart.
** 2013 brought Grimwing, a Predacon in the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' toyline, who is an [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ursagryph ursagryph]], which is basically a classical gyphon with the lion swapped out for a [[BearsAreBadNews bear]]. He never appeared on the show, but a PaletteSwap named Darksteel was in the ''Predacons Rising'' finale movie (with his own limited toy release), and Budora is their counterpart in ''Anime/TransformersGo''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has both classic style gryphons and hippogriffs, the latter with antlers due to being raven/stag hybrids. The former are associated with dwarves, in particular the Wildhammer Clan, while the latter are associated with night elves. "Standard" (dwarven) gryphons function as the default flying mount for the Alliance. Whether these are meant as a reference to perytons or just a function of the RuleOfCool is unknown.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' introduces these as a boss, before DegradedBoss settles in... 50% into the game.
* A alternate branch class of the Wyvern Rider sub-group in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', is the Griffin Rider, a JackOfAllStats armed with an [[AnAxeToGrind Axe]].
* In the lore of ''Franchise/DragonAge'', the Grey Wardens of old rode on Griffins. [[HereThereWereDragons They all eventually died out by the present, though]]. Warden armor still carries a griffin crest in their honor. [[spoiler:Thanks to the events of ''Literature/LastFlight'', griffons are revealed to have never been extinct, with about 13 griffon eggs recovered from a magical stasis spell. Griffons are back, son!]]
* In the second ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', there's a sequence where you fight people riding griffins. This being ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', you hop on the griffin's back, cut off its wings, and let it plummet to its death while you hop back on Pegasus.
** And closer inspection of artwork and scenes suggests the creatures have a hooked blade at the end of their tail similar to a manticore.
** Also there are the dark griffin riders, who ride black griffins wearing bronze masks.
* In the first three ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' games, the griffins stood on their hind legs, while in IV and V, they go on all fours.
** At least in the old setting (I-IV, and all the VideoGame/MightAndMagic [=RPGs=] except for the upcoming X), while the recruitable creature is consistently called griffin across the games, variant spellings do appear when it comes to people actually ''in'' the setting referring to them -- mainly gryphon (the Gryphonheart family was named that because they got to power by managing to tame Erathia's native griffins).
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' features an [[https://youtu.be/kNgfR6gNp_I?t=2m12s enormous griffin]], as a boss. Interestingly, it serves as a protector of the castle.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' has the Gal Gryphon, a hippogriff-styled gryphon with hooved feet, a bulky body reminiscent of a bull, and two large tusks protruding from the sides of its head that it uses to fire [[ShockAndAwe lightning beams]].
* Griffons appear in ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'' as demons, and in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' and ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' as mounts alongside horses and dragons. The latter two games have griffon-riding units as female-only, seeing as all the characters riding anything else happen to be male. In ''VideoGame/YggdraUnison'', the superior mobility of griffon riders during the daytime makes the only two of them in the game, Kylier and Emilia, LightningBruiser-style {{Game Breaker}}s for as long as the sun is up and {{Mighty Glacier}}s at night; the other two Ancardia games give the class the WeaksauceWeakness of lacking terrain bonuses, making them far easier to pummel.
* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'' has the Gryphon, who is initially held captive by the Mad Hatter. Alice frees him, and he helps lead her force against the Red Queen's army. [[spoiler: He is killed in an aerial duel with the Jabberwock, and his corpse is pretty much one of the only things that Alice can take cover behind in the ensuing boss fight.]]
* The Angels from ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' ride angelic creatures called Ortho that look like armored white griffins.
* One of the ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' is Sonic Boom, a mother Opinicus.
* They show up a few times in the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' games.
* The griffons of ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' are of a rather classical design, except with the coloration of bald eagles and generating electricity flying.
* Griffons are among the many creatures Geralt can hunt in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt''. Unlike most examples, it seems more like a rough cross between a vulture, a lion, and a bat. It has only four limbs as well, and uses its wings as forelimbs while it's on the ground.
* ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'' has two fire-breathing and armored gryphons as {{miniboss}}es in King Knight's stage. Talking to the castle's previous owner in the village after finishing the stage reveals that they were the king's pets. Good thing they respawn. {{Palette swap}}ped versions also appear in the final stages.
* ''VideoGame/{{Brigandine}}'' has griffins as a base monster with the holy attribute. If you upgrade it, then it becomes a holy griffin and can shoot its feathers at enemies.
* Leiran, one of the Guardians in ''VideoGame/{{Gigantic}}'', is a five-story tall gryphon that can [[EyeBeams shoot lasers from its eyes]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'': Tricos resemble nothing so much as truly gigantic griffins with all four legs being those of birds, the face being more lion-like than eagle-like, a pair of small blue horns and a ''reputation for eating children''.
* ''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer'':
** As in [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} the parent tabletop game]], Emperor Karl Franz can ride an enormous griffon named Deathclaw that he raised from an egg. Imperial Griffons are also a high-level steed for Imperial generals, and Imperial Amber Wizards, who specialize in the [[TheBeastmaster Lore of Beasts]], can ride green-feathered jade griffons. Griffons can have the back half of multiple kinds of large cat, with lion, tiger and clouded leopard hindquarters showing up in the game.
** A couple or regular Imperial units ride demigryphs, essentially wingless griffons with catlike front limbs. Like the regular kind, they have to be individually tamed by prospective riders, but the reward is the UndyingLoyalty of one of the fiercest creatures in the Empire.
** Hippogriffs appear in the Bretonnian army roster both as mounts for hero units and for a unit of elite air cavalry, the Hippogriff Knights.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': Griffons are one of a small number of creatures that exist as in-game myths: they have a bare minimum of game data and show up in engravings, but they do not exist as actual creatures you can encounter. Despite this, dwarves can still express a liking for the for their strength.
* It took surprisingly long for ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' to to have a griffon among its creatures. When it finally did, in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', it was pretty weird one. Type:Null and Silvally are essentially cyborg Pokemon made out of parts of other Pokemon, but their basic shape (talons on their front feet, paws on their hind feet, and a beaked head) resembles a Keythong or Minoan Gryphon.
* Griffins in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' are modeled after the Opinicus but have ears like the Classical Gryphon. They also have multiple Mii eyes on their wings.


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'' has Gwiffons and the larger Megalogwiffs, which are giant marshmallow peeps that fulfill the role of griffons as mounts for the good-aligned forces.
** Their resemblance to a certain type of candy is important early on. Stanley requests that the perfect warlord be summoned "who eats Marbits and Gwiffons for breakfast". Cue Parson, who literally eats Peeps and '''Mar'''shmallow '''Bits''' for breakfast.
** They're also apparently actually quite fearsome, which is understandable when you realize that their entire front opens into [[JustEatHim a gigantic gummy maw]]. They eat horn, hooves, and marrow, and get soggy in the rain.
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' brings us the [[http://yafgc.net/comic/1030-funny-magic-funny/ cutest gryphon ever.]]
* ''Webcomic/DragonMango'' has the [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter02/dm02-28.htm cutest]] [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter02/dm02-29.htm hippogryff]].
* In ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', there are [[http://missmab.com/Demo/HG09.php three types of gryphons]].
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/8/ one of the tower's beastly guardians]].
* ''Webcomic/SkinDeep'' has both classical griffons and opinicus as named characters, in addition to some weirder species in the bonus content.
* A griffin appears in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' for a [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1732 one-panel gag]], which becomes far more serious when [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2091 another shows up]], looking for the first. Tara the gryphon is a MagicKnight from an AlternateDimension, and she and her wife were investigating the unusual magic situation when her wife disappeared; she seems to be TrappedInAnotherWorld (ours).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* {{Website/Neopets}}:
** The Eyrie originally a dragon-like creature, became an opinicus sort of gryphon, albeit with ears.
** Add the rare Maraquan Paintbrush item, and you've got yourself a Marigryph.
* [[https://www.reddit.com/user/NoahGoldFox noahgoldfox's]] fursona is a bright pink latex gryphon that squeaks when he moves. he is also watermelon flavored
* [[http://windsonde.deviantart.com/ Windsonde]] is a community-based Role-Playing Game at Website/DeviantArt, and nearly all of the player characters are gryphons. The rules for character design are pretty strict... except for Tookie Island, where any bird/mammal combination goes. There, the gryphons [[http://bgarts.deviantart.com/art/ROCOCOCOCOCOCOCOCOCOCOCOCOCOCO-180219275 are]] ''[[http://sparrowstampede.deviantart.com/art/Windsonde-Jiacomo-Ref-244688521 really]]'' [[http://razzlewolf.deviantart.com/art/Yappa-184748182 different]].
* Behold, the magnificent [[http://babbletrish.deviantart.com/art/Donut-Steel-183711727 Sparklegriff]]!
* [[http://babbletrish.deviantart.com/art/Gryphons-152819171 So, about that "misinterpreted fossil" theory...]]
* According to Website/DeviantArt any bird/terrestial mammal hybrid qualifies as a gryphon. Take a look at the [[http://mcgibs.deviantart.com/art/Humming-Gryphon-63613452 tiny hummingbird-mouse]], [[http://zirofax.deviantart.com/art/Gryphon-2893002 secretary bird-maned wolf]], [[http://charreed.deviantart.com/art/Cockatiel-Gryphon-200358873 cockatiel-sugar glider]], [[http://alectorfencer.deviantart.com/art/Gryphon-Cassidix-40151694 hornbill-puma Cassidix]], [[http://katolin.deviantart.com/art/Bluejay-Gryphon-31576686 bluejay-squirrels]], and [[http://ahkahna.deviantart.com/art/Lappet-Faced-Hyena-Gryphon-115698993 vulture-hyena]].
** You can also have your pet [[http://bailiwick.deviantart.com/art/House-Gryphon-Wren-72967035 house griffin]].
* Website/UniCreatures' Khet, a gryphon [[http://www.unicreatures.com/creatures/Khet/khet.png on fire]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}} The Animated Series'' had two griffins. One was elderly and had the job of guarding the first diamond. The other was a talk show host and was [[InkSuitActor voiced by]]... Creator/MervGriffin.
* According to Fu-Dog in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', gryphons lay an egg only once every thousand years. Once the baby hatches, [[BizarreAlienBiology the mother actually SWALLOWS the baby, which lives in its digestive tract for a week or two before it's healthy enough for the mother to throw back up and live on its own]]. Of course, this all grosses out Jake.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'': Beast Man's control over wild creatures allows him to use whale-sized, twin tailed gryphons as his mounts.
* Just what is Graer the [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/6rKF8dXSTUQ/hqdefault.jpg gryphon]] from ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest'' supposed to be anyway? Sure doesn't look gryphonesque. He kinda looks like Magilla Gorilla with Anime-wings, or maybe more or less a cartoony Opinicus. Has the beak, the wings, the tail, and the lion forelegs. His cartoony proportions just make it a bit less obvious.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a few, but since [[AllThereInTheManual their native country is on a different hemisphere]] they're generally not very familiar to most of the pony citizens. Biologically, they're Classical Griffons without the "ears".
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush-off]]" has Rainbow Dash's friend from flight school, Gilda the Griffon. It turns out she's a BitchInSheepsClothing who has an aversion to all of the ponies except Rainbow Dash for being "uncool". [[GeniusBonus Remember what was said in the introduction, about how griffins were said to be hostile toward horses?]]
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]" includes Gustave le Grand. He is [[FrenchCuisineIsHaughty a baker with a thick French accent]] who comes off initially [[FrenchJerk as a jerk]], but then again so do his baking contest opponents. Strangely, [[NonMammalianHair he has a mustache on his beak]].
** Given how Equestria seems to be set up, the griffons appear to have a city state within Equestria's borders. The episodes "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls Rainbow Falls]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]" have griffon participants, the latter showing that the griffons are also prone to having a [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation technicolor population]] -- one of them is pink and maroon, another solid purple and third cyan with teal head and wing feathers.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone]]" reveals some more tidbits. Gilda hails from Griffonstone, a Griffon kingdom that is located in a mountainous continent across the sea from Equestria. Said kingdom used to be proud and strong, but the loss of a precious idol they based their national pride around broke the griffons' spirit. Griffonstone is little more than a decrepit slum nowadays, and all of its inhabitants are greedy, selfish jerks who won't do anything for free even if lives are at stake. Griffons are also seen to be more varied than just half-eagle half-lion, with some being part tiger or part owl and so on. All griffon names so far start with "G". The episode's portrayal of griffons is fairly faithful to mythology -- the love of gold, less than friendly relations with horses, and rivalries with cyclopean beings are all shown to some extent in this episode.
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 The movie]] also includes hippogriffs, which appear to be a totally separate species. They're referred to as half pony and half eagle and tend towards light body colors and crests of colorful feathers. Their nature as chimeric creatures is less visibly obvious than the griffons' is, as their bird and mammal parts are the same color and don't stand out much against each other. [[spoiler:They used to live on the island of Mt. Aris in the far south, but when the Storm King rose to power their queen used the power of an enchanted pearl to transform them into [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent seaponies]], so that they could hide under the sea where they would be safe.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
** The Daughter, the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment]] of the Light Side of the Force, can turn into a gryphon with [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine white and golden feathers]] and a light green mane and tail tuft. This is in contrast to the Son, the embodiment of TheDarkSide, who can turn into a monstrous creature resembling a mix between a {{bat|OutOfHell}} and a particularly ugly {{dragon|sAreDemonic}}.
** The same series also introduces a creature called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mastiff_phalone Mastiff phalone]], which is a quadrupedal predator native to the world of Maridun notable for its muscular, feline body, vulture-like head and a mane of feathers around its neck. It is a pack-hunter and overall ressembles a typical griffin, but lacks wings.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** In keeping with the plethora of MixAndMatchCritters in the franchise, one episode briefly featured a griffin (with what appears to be a [[StealthPun griffon vulture's]] forequarters) that was used as one of the trained animals in a traveling circus.
** [[http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Lizard_crow The Lizard Crow]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is a scavenger that can be seen scouring the city for scraps, especially around industrial and coastal areas. It has the head and wings of a crow on the body of a lizard, giving it a strong resemblance to a more reptilian take on the classic griffon.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' had Orson and his friends SeparateSceneStorytelling themselves in their own version of Camelot called "Hamelot" where they must bypass a hungry talk show host griffin who was obviously a spoof on Creator/MervGriffin.
* A few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' involved griffins. One episode had Aladdin and his friends try to return an egg stolen by Abis Mal to a rampaging mother griffin, another had the group encounter one of a bunch of mechanical monsters piloted by a grumpy insect, among them a mechanical griffin, while another had a clumsy thief transform himself into a griffin from the Stone of Transformation given to him by Mozenrath. This was an appalling move on his part since the claw of a griffin was needed to transform Jasmin's father back to normal after magic powder turned him into a golden statue. Although this is somewhat mitigated by the fact that the transformed griffin had FrickinLaserBeams.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The dinosaur [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagryphus Hagryphus]]. The group that it belongs too, Oviraptorosauria, is in itself quite gryphon like, having bird of prey-like beaks and powerful claws on both front and hind-limbs, and have long tails.
* There's a theory that the legend of griffons was based on a misinterpretation of ''Protoceratops'' fossils (four legged animal, birdlike beak, crest on its head that could be interpreted as a set of wings, etc.). There's no real evidence either way for this theory, but it's something to think about. Said fossils were apparently found near a gold mine, which is supposedly where the idea that griffins loved gold came from.
* The logo for Sprecher Brewery of Wisconsin is a fairly standard gryphon, but the [[http://www.sprecherbrewery.com/images/soda/thumb/bottle_mug/rb_pint_n_mug_cold.jpg more cartoonish version]] (named Rooty) on their root beer has a huge beak and a vaguely monkey-like body.
* Creator/MervGriffin is naturally a very different griffin, being a person with that family name. The emblem for his company, Merv Griffin Enterprises, was a stained glass window of an Opinicus griffin with lion ears (and strangely, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mge84.JPG a single horse hoof]]). This emblem appeared after the closing credits for each Enterprises television show in the 1980s and 1990s, including ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''.
* The [[UsefulNotes/SwedesWithCoolPlanes Swedish jetfighter]] SAAB 39 Gripen ("Gryphon"), designed to be able to carry out both [[MixAndMatchCritter interceptor, ground attack and reconnaissance]] duties.