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->''Ram's head, forked tail, clove hoof, love's my trail\\
I sup on your body, sip on your blood like wine\\
Out world theirs, [[DontGoInTheWoods this world]] mine''
-->-- '''BruceSpringsteen'''

No, not [[NationalHockeyLeague the hockey team]] (though, the team ''is'' named after the creature.)

A [[UrbanLegends cryptid]] which was supposedly first spotted in the 1700s in the [[TheLostWoods Pine Barrens]] of [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey South Jersey]], the Jersey Devil is often described as a horned, hooved and bipedal [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix and Match Critter]] possessing bat-like wings and an [[MultipleChoicePast inconsistent]] origin. The most common version of the creature's tale is that it is the [[ThirteenIsUnlucky thirteenth]] [[MassiveNumberedSiblings child]] of Mother Leeds, [[ReallyGetsAround a whore]] and/or [[WickedWitch witch]] who, while giving birth, yelled out "let it be the devil!" for varying reasons, such as preferring to birth the spawn of {{Satan}} instead of another one of her husband's children. Either immediately or shortly after being born, the child [[OneWingedAngel transformed]] into a monster, and fled into the wilderness, subsequently becoming "[[Series/TheXFiles an East Coast Bigfoot]]".

Some have noted that the Jersey Devil, the Dover Demon and the Moth Man may be one and the same. Also see {{Chupacabra}}, {{Wendigo}} and BigfootSasquatchAndYeti. May or may not be friends with fellow backwoods {{Joisey}} ghoul [[Franchise/{{Friday the 13th}} Jason Voorhees]].

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* The ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' and ''ComicBook/LivingCorpse'' crossover (titled ''The Legend of the Jersey Devil'') reveals that the creature is harmless, and puts up a fierce fašade to scare off intruders who might encounter its psychotic mother. Unfortunately, Cassie and Vlad learn this only after killing it and pissing off Mother Leeds.
* The "Pine Barrens" story-arc of ''Marvel Knights 4'' had the ComicBook/FantasticFour discover that Jersey Devils are actually [[ToServeMan hungry]] aliens.
* In ''[[{{Fables}} Jack of Fables]]'', the Jersey Devil is an inmate of the Golden Boughs Retirement Community.
** In the videogame adaptation ''Videogame/TheWolfAmongUs'', Jersey (complete with {{Joisey}} accent) has resettled back on the East side of the Hudson River, as a servant of The Crooked Man.
* One appears in the first ''Perhapanauts'' annual.
* There was once a comic called ''The Jersey Devil'', though it was little more than a rip-off of ''Franchise/TheCrow''.
* One appeared in ''ComicBook/HoaxHunters''. It didn't originate the myth (having been born in the mid 1960s) -- apparently one is simply born every few generations. Unlike a lot of depictions he's very large and muscular, with roughly human proportions. And [[spoiler:he's actually friendly and playful, not at all hostile or dangerous.]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''13th Child'', which for some reason reimagines the Devil as the immortal, shapeshifting son of a Native American shaman.
* In {{Syfy}}'s ''Carny'', a dingy little carnival acquires a captive Jersey Devil as a sideshow attraction. When it inevitably escapes, mayhem ensues.
* ''The Jersey Devil'', which shakes things up a bit by being an origin story.
* ''Film/TheLastBroadcast'' has a group of amateur filmmakers set off into the wilderness in search of the Jersey Devil, planning on becoming famous by capturing it on film. EverybodyDies, though [[{{Mundanger}} not at the claws of the Devil]], which never even appears.
* ''Leeds Point'', where it soon becomes apparent that a series of vicious murders are not the work of a serial killer, but the cryptid.
* In ''Satan's Playground'', the Jersey Devil is HeWhoMustNotBeSeen or just plain invisible, with its family (and some random Satanists, because why the Hell not?) being the main antagonists.
* ''The Barrens'', another HorribleCampingTrip example, though it's left ambiguous as to whether or not there really is a monster.
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' a Jersey Devil is one of thirteen monsters summoned by Max Winters, and is fought by Raphael in a diner.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The short story ''The Barrens'' by F. Paul Wilson deals with two people who go into the Pine Barrens to look for the Jersey Devil. However, it turns out that the leader is not in fact looking for the Devil at all, but for something far more sinister.
* Robert Dunbar's ''The Pines'' and ''The Shore'', which present the theory that Jersey Devils are created by a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]]-like disorder.
* ''End of Mae'', featuring an IntrepidReporter searching for a vampiric take on the Devil.
* 1976's ''The Jersey Devil''.
* In the ''RepairmanJack'' novel ''All the Rage'', a humanoid monster called a rakosh retreats into the Pine Barrens, with the narration stating that if there isn't a real Jersey Devil, there is now.
** In Young Repairman Jack trilogy there was a dangerous bear-like creature in the Pine Barrens. [[spoiler:It had at least one tentacle and presumably was descendant or the one that escaped from the pyramid. Part Q'qr, maybe. Presumed dead, drowned in the buried town.]]
* The characters of the StephaniePlum spinoff book ''Plum Spooky'' believe the Jersey Devil is after them when they get lost in the woods.
* The novel ''Brigid's Charge'' has a sympathetic take on Mother Leeds, and the "Devil" is nothing more than a (human) child who died soon after birth. However, a local doctor spreads rumors about the baby transforming into a monster to discredit her reputation as a healer.
* Music/{{Voltaire}}'s novel ''Call of the Jersey Devil'' involves five suburban mall rats and a washed-up goth singer discovering that the Jersey Devil is real, and that New Jersey is the gateway to Hell.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode ''The Jersey Devil'', the Devils are discovered to be type of primitive humans, speculated to be the missing link. A male and female are killed, but the end of the episode reveals they had a young child.
* The ''Series/LostTapes'' episode ''Jersey Devil'' had a lost family being terrorized by the creature, whose dwelling appeared to be an old house filled with Satanic imagery.
* Various paranormal investigation shows, such as ''Paranormal State, Scariest Places on Earth, Monster Quest'' and ''DestinationTruth'', have had episodes focusing on the Jersey Devil.
* The guys on ''CakeBoss'' once made a Jersey Devil cake. It was pretty awesome.
* A series of backwoods maulings in the ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' episode ''How to Win Friends And Influence Monsters'' are suspected to be the work of the Jersey Devil, though it turns out a man, driven insane by the Leviathans' latest scheme involving drugged food, is responsible.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* "A Night with the Jersey Devil" by BruceSpringsteen.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Stats and background for the Jersey Devil appeared in ''[[{{GURPS}} GURPS Monsters]]''.
* The "Sandpoint Devil" in ''TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}'' is an obvious ShoutOut.
* There is a ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' campaign centered around the devil. [[spoiler:It's also a good example about how HumansAreBastards.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Jersey Devils, described as "a flying monster with a horse's head and a bat's body", appear as enemies who attack by swooping or breathing fire in Argila Swamp in ''CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''.
* In ''Jersey Devil'', the main character is a horned, winged and costumed humanoid off to stop MadScientist Doctor Knarf. It was about as InNameOnly as you can get.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Poptropica}}'', the Jersey Devil is one of four monsters whose existence must be proven by finding them on Cryptids Island. And if you're not expecting it to show up when it does, you'll get a [[IncrediblyLamePun hell]] of a JumpScare.
* Along with some other legends, the Jersey Devil appears as a fixture in the paranormal table in ''Zen Pinball''.
* And along with [[OlympusMons many other legends]] in ''VideoGame/SoulHackers''.
* ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'' references "jirseys", a kind of small flying monster with bat wings and a horse body.
* The Jersey Devil is an antagonist in ''Videogame/TheWolfAmongUs'', running a pawn shop as a front for criminal activity. He's {{glamour}}ed to look like a human, but his true form is a grey-skinned demon with a [[SkullForAHead horse's skull for a head]].

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The Jersey Devil appears in NewVindicators, during an adventure of the Illuminati. He is a long-lived Nephilim, but a particularly twisted one, spawn of the father of monsters, Leviathan.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' episode ''The Long Weekend'' depicts the Jersey Devil as a flying moose with eagle wings and a lion's tail. The creature terrorizes a sprite village for seven days every one-hundred years, and is defeated when Jake's father sprays it with bear repellent (somehow mistaking it for a bear) and [[DisneyVillainDeath throws it off a cliff]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' episode "The Jersey Devil Made Me Do It", the Jersey Devil is a spectral entity that attained its physical form, a reddish bat-like creature, through a forge's smelting process. It was shown to be capable of rusting metal, which it ate, with its breath.
* in ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "The Spectre of the Pine Barrows", the Jersey Devil is embroiled in a centuries-long feud between descendants of Redcoats and Minutemen over the original manuscript of the Declaration of Independence.
* One made some minor appearances in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' episodes "Cryptid vs. Cryptid" and "War of the Cryptids".

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Regardless of whether or not the Devil is real, people in New Jersey continually see something that they insist isn't a natural animal. Some experts say that the sightings are cases of mistaken identity, but when an artist designed a sculpture based on compiled descriptions from witnesses and showed it to several of said witnesses, they said it matched what they saw exactly.
* To Jersey Devil experts January 16th-23rd of 1909 is known as phenomenal week. Over a hundred perfectly sane people who had never touched a drop of whiskey in their lives claimed to have seen the Devil. Livestock went missing, crops were raided, pets were killed, and tracks in the snow were everywhere. Hunters and trappers said they had never seen tracks like them, and when a hunting party tried to follow one of the trails the dogs refused to come. Some track ways went out into an open area and then disappeared. Experts stay skeptical but lots of New Jersey residents remain convinced that this thing exists and has for over two-hundred-seventy years.

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