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Ah, Nessie, ''Nessiteras rhombopteryx'', the Loch Ness Monster. Her mysterious allure and continuous camera shyness has led the Loch Ness Monster to inspire many other myths and urban legends of lake-dwelling cryptids, as well as having legends of other lakes sneak back into her own. Many lakes around the world have had local stories about the secret monster that lives at the bottom, and as the world was getting ready for the moving pictures, a lot of these separate myths consolidated into one shared stock trope about hidden lake creatures waiting to be found by open-minded zoologists.

The creature is prone to travelling around the surface like an iceberg with a small section peeping out at the top (often making it cunningly indistinguishable from a log when seen by a Caledonian drunk) while its main body lies hidden beneath the surface. Explanations often revolve around its being some ancient or long-lost creature found miles away from where it would be expected, locked in by changes of geography, in an ecology often far too small actually to support it unless it devoted itself to eating once a year and never breeding.

There is also often a plot that goes along with these beasts that decks the halls of Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie Originals]]. Some idiot starts the plot by becoming kelpie chow. Some low-paid fringe scientist, with fewer peer-reviewed papers and far better looks than any normal scientist, will go or be forced out there to investigate alongside a gruff, no-nonsense local and a wacky comedy sidekick, daring to find the truth while being threatened with ridicule and/or group buggery by the other locals.

[[OlderThanFeudalism The earliest written mention of Nessie may be in a 7th century biography of St. Columba]] who saved a swimmer being pursued by a "water beast" in Loch Ness by [[HolyBurnsEvil making the sign of the cross]].

A number of myths also have their creatures as helpful or at least sufficiently beautiful to not want to kill, so there's also a softer side to the trope where the creature will be friendly. The myths of Nessie being a Plesiosaur help play into that, being a slightly more friendly-looking form than a giant eel or a floating turd.

Occasionally, the monster will turn out to have been [[NotTheNessie something completely different]].

Is not in any way related to the name of [[Videogame/EarthBound an RPG protagonist]].

For other rumored-to-be creatures in the "Nessie" vein, see OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious. See also TheCatfish.
!! Examples:


[[folder: Comic Books]]
* The Loch Trevor Monster in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'s Pal, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen'' (and later Project Cadmus-related comics).
* One of those elements used again and again and again in ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics, whether in the form of an {{expy}} or the original. Creator/CarlBarks already did it, but that didn't keep everyone else from doing it, too.
* Near the end of the comic strip run of ComicStrip/USAcres (aka. Orson's Farm), there was a week-long storyline involving [[TheChewToy Wade]] discovering that a giant CloudCuckooLander sea serpent is living in the water trough. Naturally, [[CassandraTruth Wade is the only one who sees him]]. (The storyline can be seen a Website/PlatypusComix article about the comic [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/cutsthecorn1.html here]].)
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers:'' In one episode, Franklin is attacked by whole swarm of Loch Ness Monsters. "Only an inch long, but icky as Hell!"
* Nessie's Roman-era ancestor makes an appearance in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Picts''.

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/LakePlacid'' had a giant crocodile, which was raised by a surprisingly foul-mouthed Creator/BettyWhite, and was running amok eating people. [[spoiler: As it turns out, there's actually ''two'' of them. And they had babies. At least 10.]]
* The 1996 film ''Loch Ness'' in which an American scientist trying to ''disprove'' the existence of the Monster, only to later disprove his own evidence when he accidentally finds it.
* ''Film/TheWaterHorse'' posits that the titular creature is a dinosaur-like beast which reproduces by laying a single egg and dying, so only one is in existence at a time.
* ''Beyond Loch Ness'' is a [[Film/SyfyChannelOriginalMovie Syfy Channel B-movie]] about the titular creature... [[MisplacedWildlife in Lake Superior]]. Yes, you read that right.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Lake Superior actually COULD support a Pleisosaur]].
* ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon'' reveals that Nessie was also [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.]]
* And speaking of ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon'', its Nessie prop is originally from the 1981 Loch Ness monster movie directed by Larry Buchanan - ''Film/TheLochNessHorror''.
* ''Film/BabySecretOfTheLostLegend'' is about the Congolese Nessie a.k.a. Mokèlé-Mbèmbé (a Lake Monster thought to be a Brontosaur in Africa).

[[folder: Jokes]]
* A tourist had decided to visit the Loch Ness lake, in the hopes of seeing the famous monster. Looking for information, he asks a local:
--> '''Tourist''': Tell me; when does the monster usually appear?
--> '''Local''': Usually after [[PinkElephants the sixth glass]], mister.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Danny Dunn and his friends once went searching for a lake monster in central Africa, thinking it might be a dinosaur. It turned out to be (no, really!) a giant electric walking catfish.
* Steve Alten writes a lot of books with {{Sea Monster}}s. A recent novel, ''The Loch'', deals with, of course, the Loch Ness Monster. In a twist however, Nessie isn't a peaceful plesiosaur (it's pointed out that Nessie couldn't be a plesiosaur since if it was an air-breathing creature there'd be a hell of a lot more sightings of it) but a giant eel with a taste for tourists. [[spoiler:Turns out it and several like it were put there by an ancient Scottish order, then trapped and brain-damaged by [[GaiasVengeance construction and pollution]]. That caused them to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grow to an unnatural size]], broke their normal food chain, and turned them savage.]]
* Claire encounters one in ''Literature/{{Outlander}}''.
* ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' explains that the Loch Ness monster is actually a shapeshifting lake monster that turns into an otter when Muggle tourists are around.
* Erasmus Darwin had an encounter with this critter in ''The Amazing Dr. Darwin''.
* According to the ''Literature/StarTrekStargazer'' novels, the trope isn't just confined to Earth. The Kandilkari have "The Lake Dweller That Roars", though it's unclear as to whether it's real or not. Nol Kastiigan seems to think so, but it's not certain.
* The ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' novel ''High Rhulain'' features the reptilian Slothunog. It's only on one page, but it makes up for it by [[MomentOfAwesome being the most awesome page in the book.]] There's also the Deepcoiler in ''Salamandastron'', a giant carnivorous eel that lives in a great inland lake. The shrews thought it was a myth. They were wrong.
* ''Anthill: A Novel'' by E. O. Wilson mentions one. It's probably just a myth.
* Nessie makes a brief cameo in ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}''.
* In ''Literature/VoyageOfTheBasset'' the sea serpent looks like this. In a variation on the "monster" bit, he's actually a good creature.
* Shady from ''Literature/{{Hometown}}''. An odd and suspicious case, since all sightings (and attacks) report a creature far too large to survive and stay hidden in the bodies of water where the sightings took place. And yet the bodies, mauled by an unknown but appropriately-sized animal, keep turning up.
* When Janine's sent back in time in ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' and encounters an Elasmosaurus she immediately nicknames Nessie. Nessie's a big time PrehistoricMonster here, going after pterosaurs and using its neck like a constrictor snake to attack a TyrannosaurusRex that was wading in the shallows.
* The Blackbury Monster in "The Blackbury Monster" by Creator/TerryPratchett, one of the early stories collected in ''Dragons at Crumbling Castle''. This may or may not be related to the time [[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny Maxwell]] claimed to have found Nessie in his goldfish pond.
* ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'' had a dragon from TheTimeOfMyths say that Nessie is probably his niece; she was very lazy; so once she met Archimedes and learned from him that anything submerged in the water loses a lot of weight, she decided to live in the water so as to avoid carrying that weight.
* The Literature/InCryptid series, utterly unsurprisingly, has a number of these. The first that the reader sees is the Michigan Lake Monster, which features prominently in the short story "Loch and Key." A second plesiosaur appears in the ColdOpen of ''Chaos Choreography,'' the pet of a trio of archaeology students from a Portland-area community college, whom [[DanceBattler Verity]] and her [[spoiler: husband]] [[DefectingForLove Dominic]] move from a city reservoir to a much more secluded lake high in the mountains. Specifically noted as not being ''sea'' monsters, as these are freshwater beasts and will quickly die if introduced to the ocean.
* The Loch Moose Monster in ''Literature/{{Mirabile}}''. The protagonist finds out what it really is early on, but takes inspiration from the original Nessie and encourages her friends at the Loch Moose Lodge to play it up as a mysterious tourist attraction, complete with deliberately fuzzy photographs and the like, because the people of Mirabile tend to be nervous around new species (with good reason in many cases) and she doesn't want anybody panicking and wiping it out before it has a chance to get established.
* Thomas Thiemeyer's sci-fi novel ''Reptilia'' deals with the "African Nessie" Mokèlé-Mbèmbé, said to be a sauropode in RealLife though in the novel is more similar to Nessie and [[spoiler:is an alien]].

* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Skarasen (a.k.a. the Loch Ness Monster) from the 1975 serial "Terror of the Zygons". Much later on, Sarah Jane was able to Name Drop the Loch Ness Monster during an argument with Rose as to which Companion endured the most incredible "space stuff". Rose couldn't trump it. ("School Reunion")
** In a case of NegativeContinuity, the Borad becomes the Loch Ness Monster in the [[TheNthDoctor Sixth Doctor]] serial "Timelash".
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Quagmire": Mulder and Scully investigate reports of a lake serpent [[spoiler:and find a surprisingly ordinary (albiet still deadly) crocodile. This being ''The X-Files'', however, [[GaveUpTooSoon after they've left]], a TheEndOrIsIt ending shows there really ''is'' a serpent in the lake]].
* Some of the giant fish pursued on ''Series/RiverMonsters'' have a reputation for bumping boats or dragging fishermen into the water, feats often attributed to the scarier versions of this trope. Jeremy Wade eventually did a two-hour episode devoted to Nessie. He didn't catch her, obviously, but he explored various possibilities of the creature's identity and eventually concluded that a Greenland shark was the most likely suspect.
* In ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' ReunionMovie ''Film/ReturnToMayberry'' some locals - including Earnest T. Bass - try to convince people there's a lake monster.
* On an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' in which Al claims to have been visited by aliens, daughter Kelly tells him, "And by the way, the Loch Ness Monster and [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfoot]] wanted to know if you're still on for poker at [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]]'s house tomorrow night."
* In the first episode of ''Series/MonsterQuest'', the suggestion that "Champ", or "The American Loch Ness Monster" could be a pleisiosaur is bandied about. In another episode, they were searching for "Ogopogo," and they found what they believed was a dead baby Ogopogo...and it turned out to be [[spoiler: a decomposed salmon or trout fillet.]]
* The ''Series/LostTapes'' episode "Monster of Monterey" contemplates that one or more Elasmosaurs (carnivorous marine reptiles of the "pleisiosaur" type) may inhabit Monterey Canyon and are responsible for many of the mysterious disappearances amongst sailors in those waters, with the ominous shadow that twice glides past the boat looking very much like the pleisiosaur silhouette.
* In ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' the Loch Ness Monster is actually an old warlock boyfriend of Samantha's who got transformed into a monster.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' get hired to capture the Loch Ness Monster in the episode "Scotland". They return with a man in a Nessie costume. [[spoiler:And a real Nessie egg. Which hatches.]]

* Music/ThePolice's "Synchronicity II", besides singing about an emasculated frustrated man living in a suburban family hellhole, makes vague mention of a mysterious creature in a Scottish lake "many miles away" (possibly referring to the Loch Ness Monster).
* "Loch Ness Monster" by Big Dipper, where the narrator's boat is bumped into by the title creature, and he becomes obsessed with making a second encounter and getting evidence. The lyrics are also a deliberately silly metaphor for unrequited love - Nessie is referred to with feminine pronouns, and in the bridge the narrator laments "It's a mystery / why she left me".

[[folder: Mythology]]
* Nessie, of course, is the most famous of the lot. Interestingly, its fame is a fairly recent phenomenon, largely resulting from alleged sightings in the 1930s: before that, it was just another local legend like many, many, many others. Many of the "imitators" were already recorded in local folklore long before Nessie became famous.
* Canada has several, including Ogopogo (which is actually protected under provincial legislation, just in case) in the Okanagon Valley lakes and its cousin Manipogo (who lives in Manitoba), and Memphré (in Quebec/Vermont, the first recorded North American monster). All of them were recorded in local legend long before the 1930s; as far back as the 1810s for Memphré.
* There are many, many, many others:
** Champ is probably the most famous North American one, dwelling in Lake Champlain. And yes, it was recorded in local folklore several decades before Nessie became an international star.
** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storsj%C3%B6odjuret Storsjö Monster]] in Jämtland, Sweden, the earliest sightings of which go back to the 17th century. Along with its hypothetical nest and eggs, the monster was officially a protected species until some smartass asked for a license to collect its eggs and the authorities had no choice but to declare the protection frivolous and repeal it.
** See also the Bear Lake Monster of Bear Lake, Idaho.
** Wiki/TheOtherWiki, as a matter of fact, has a rather impressive [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_reported_lake_monsters list]] of reported lake monsters from all over the world.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Martin Ruane (1945-1998), while better known in his native England as Wrestling/GiantHaystacks, also competed as Loch Ness in Stampede Wrestling and was in Wrestling/{{WCW}} for a month, debuting in February 1996 before the ''[=SuperBrawl=] VI'' [=PPV=] as a member of the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom before he left the group in March. His last appearance saw [[Wrestling/TheBigShow the Giant (The Big Show)]] defeat him at the ''[=Uncensored=]'' [=PPV=] on March 24. His run was cut short due to health problems.

[[folder: Radio]]
* Parodied to heck and back in the ''Radio/HamishAndDougal'' episode "The Monster of the Loch". First, Hamish and Dougal are fishing, when they're attacked by a monster with bark like skin, and twig-like claws, and branch-like arms, and leaf-like scales. Then, when they've discovered it's actually a log and used it to start a fire, the Laird complains that now they don't have a log that looks like a monster, there's nothing to attract gullible tourists to the Glen. So he spends a week in his lab while watching ''Frankenstein'' and ''Godzilla'' and creates ... another log. And ''then'' the monster turns out to be RealAfterAll, but the Laird is so infuriated by it eating his log that he shoots it.
-->'''Dougal''': So we ''did'' have a monster ... and you killed it. And now we don't even have a log.
* ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook That Mitchell and Webb Sound]]:'' As a result of a Kickstarter joke GoneHorriblyWrong, a group of scientists drain Loch Ness to find Nessia... and determine it did indeed exist. Of course, as a result of their actions, they killed the creature, rendering the entire endeavour pointless. Also, ''re-filling'' the Loch is going to take several thousand years.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' had an ''undead'' lake monster. One assumes it was a ''living'' lake monster at some previous point.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', there's the [[http://magiccards.info/soi/en/245.html Gitrog]], a monstrous froglike beast that appears in the short story [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/sacrifice-2016-03-23 Sacrifice]], haunting a mountain lake next to a village. The heroine thought it was a myth, [[spoiler:the villagers worshipped it. The villagers got eaten anyway and the girl ended up worshipping it too]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'''s ''Bestiary 2'' includes stats for them under the name of Water Orm.

[[folder: Theme Parks]]
* [[Ride/BuschGardens Busch Gardens Williamsburg]] has a roller coaster called ''Loch Ness Monster'' that's naturally themed around the beast.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The Lok Pik Monster in ''VideoGame/TheSpellcastingSeries''. It basically serves as the YouShallNotPass guardian of the first game's final chapter.
* While not quite a sea serpent or pleisiosaur, ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' nonetheless has its own lake monster--the Hideous Hulking Lungfish of Lake Oblogata, who is... [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an enormous, mutated lungfish who lives at the bottom of Lake Oblongata.]] [[FluffyTheTerrible Her real name is Linda.]] [[GentleGiant She's pretty nice.]]]]
* 'Gourdy' is a monster of unknown attributes that supposedly lives in Gourd Lake in ''Franchise/AceAttorney''. Lotta Hart's attempts to get a picture of him become a key plot element in case 1-4. While there's no canon evidence of Gourdy's existence, a piece of official fanart shows the cast enjoying a picnic by the lake while a dark Nessie-like shape is seen poking out of the lake in the far background.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Lapras is a plesiosaur, the sort of creature Nessie is often explained as being, and its production name was Ness. Draw your own conclusions.
** Gyarados is based on legends about [[LegendaryCarp magic carp jumping over the dragon gate and becoming dragons]], but its abode being in lakes seems to be inspired by lake monster myths.
* ''VideoGame/{{Monster Rancher}}'' has the Lesione, which is like a cross between a Plesiosaur and a trained sea lion. In the advanced games, one Lesione plays the role of a lake monster.
* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' has the gentle and friendly Tessie, the LawyerFriendlyCameo of the Loch Ness Monster.
** ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' follows up both of these with the Oh-So-Snake, in the well beneath Osohe Castle. [[spoiler:Tessie also makes a reappearance, though she's stuffed and mounted in Porky's tower.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' features the wading lake monster, which is rather more [[AIRoulette frustrating]].
* There's also Sally, the Lake Salamanca monster in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. Sally is peaceful, though, and dives below the water if you attack her. And [[VideogameCrueltyPotential attacking her]] was the only way to get the ''Believer'' badge.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 2'' involves the legend of Messie, a sea monster supposedly found in (say it with me) Loch Mess. People have been seeing it recently, but it turns out to be a fake. There ''is'' a real Messie, though -- and its elusiveness is explained by the fact that it's an EM being, invisible to most people. It ends up fusing with the guy who created the fake Messie to become a rather nasty boss, Plesio Surf. Incidentally, something funny went on in translation here. The character's English name refers to the longstanding theory that the "real" Loch Ness Monster is a plesiosaur. But the original Japanese name is Brachio Wave -- referring to the Brachiosaurus, which did sorta look like a plesiosaur from the neck up, but didn't live underwater. Between this and its incredible size (40 feet tall and twice as long, making it one of the most colossal creatures ever to walk the Earth), a Brachiosaurus couldn't hide in Loch Ness if it wanted to.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has an underground tram running from Ironforge to Stormwind. In the middle, the tram runs between two humongous aquaria. One aquarium contains a plesiosaur named "Nessy".
* In ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Danger On Deception Island]]'', Nancy has to assemble a model of the local legendary sea monster as one of her SolveTheSoupCans tasks. It naturally resembles a plesiosaur, although the actual creature never appears in the game [[spoiler:until the end in a photograph]]. Said creature is also a "real" cryptid called the Cadborosaurus a.k.a. Caddy.
* There's an easter egg in the original ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'' that will let you keep these in your zoo.
* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter'', [[spoiler:the titular specter is both Loosha, a Stock Ness Monster and a giant robot entangled in fight. Loosha is actually defending the village of the attacks of the robot as well as protecting its only friend Arianna]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'' Taxing Level 14 is titled "Hunt the Nessie", and takes place on the back of a serpentine lake monster.
* While not the plesiosaur type, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' has the Del Lago, a man-eating mutant salamander that inhabits the village lake.
* Occasionally, one of these swims down the river in the Neighborhood view in ''Franchise/TheSims''. It's a random event, and not in any way related to any of the games going on in the households (either Sims you made or premade Sims.)
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' has Dorrie, found swimming in the underground lake in Hazy Maze Cave. Signs leading up to the area warn of a terrible monster, but it turns out to be completely harmless, and in fact even friendly and helpful to Mario.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' introduces Plessie, another friendly lake monster type that lets the characters ride on its back and dash through river levels.
* Mentioned in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' {{DLC}} ''Leviathan'', when Shepard sees a plesiosaur skeleton hanging from the ceiling of a lab.
-->'''Shepard:''' Loch Ness Monster? \\
'''EDI:''' Plesiosaur. \\
'''Shepard:''' Loch Ness Monster is more interesting. \\
'''EDI:''' Interesting and nonexistent.
* ''VideoGame/TheTwistedTalesOfSpikeMcFang'' has a friendly one named Sid living in the castle moat.
* The graphical adventure text adventure ''Cryptozookeeper'' features a mission to bring the Loch Ness Monster into the game.
* VideoGame/{{Transarctica}} has a bridge over a lake in the north-western part of game map guarded by this monster. [[spoiler: Crossing it without the unique harpoon car, which can obtained in only one location, is definitely a bad idea.]]
* The VideoGame/{{Touhou}} game ''Urban Legend in Limbo'' has Nessie as Nitori's urban legend theme. She and the rest of the kappa have built a Nessie-shaped robot based on the legend, so they can easily make "evidence" of the monster, and profit off of it. Due to the [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve nature of Gensokyo]], however, [[spoiler:Nitori is eventually stalked by a ''real'' Loch Ness monster]].

[[folder: WebComics]]
* ''Webcomic/GeorgeTheDragon'' features a trope namer in his comic. And apparently her name is Gladys Vanessa of the Loch. She eventually ([[spoiler:marries the main character and moves out of the Loch]]) which is why no one can find Nessie.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Generictown recently became the Loch Ness Monster's new home. [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20111227.html It's very cute.]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 7'': Ogopogo shows up in Vegeta's MushroomSamba and Vegeta joyfully rides on him.
* ''Website/{{Millsberry}}'' had Sylvie, a green reptile who lived in the local lake.

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* The [[PunnyName Lake Nose]] Monster from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
* The entire non-human cast of ''WesternAnimation/TheFamilyNess''.
* Franchise/ScoobyDoo and friends have encountered the Loch Ness monster or similar lake monsters on a regular basis, but always seem surprised to learn they're fake. The direct-to-DVD movie ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLochNessMonster'' reveals the monster to be a scam but at the end (like ''The X-Files'' example above) shows a real creature in the Loch. Scooby met a lake monster that was compared to Nessie in ''The New Scooby Doo Movies'' episode "Loch Ness Mess" and met Nessie again (apparently out of continuity) in the ''Scooby's All-Stars'' episode "A Highland Fling with a Monstrous Thing."
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was actually about Homer and Mr. Burns attempting to capture the Loch Ness Monster.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' episode "The Ghost of [=McCastle=] [=McDuckula=]" sees the Count holidaying near the loch to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. He doesn't see any, but one sees him at the end and is told by another that vampire ducks are just as improbable.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': According to Dojo Kanojo Cho, the Loch Ness Monster is [[DinosaursAreDragons actually his cousin.]]
* According to Mike Wazowski from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Nessie was actually banished to the human world along with [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti the Abominable Snowman.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FreddieAsFRO7''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode ''Monsters'', Golith, Angela, Eliza and Bronx help save a family of Loch Ness Monsters from [[Creator/TimCurry Dr. Sevarius]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'' features a mother Loch Ness monster teaming up with Zilla to save her baby.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dwL8ESU97sfeatures two henchmen debating about who the better lake monster is;]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champ_%28cryptozoology%29 "Champ"]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ness_Monster the Loch Ness Monster.]] Then Henchman 21 enters the debate. Turns out [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogopogo Ogopogo]] wins.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Chef's parents (who live in a castle in Scotland for some reason) insist that they keep having run-ins with Nessie, who keeps asking for $3.50.
* The 2011 Disney short ''The Ballad of Nessie'' tells the story of how Nessie ended up at Loch Ness after her home was paved over to build a miniature golf course. By the end of it, [[TheWoobie you'll probably want to give her a hug]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DenverTheLastDinosaur'' did this in "Monster Maze", with a local bad guy trying to convince people there was a monster in the lake, the 'Lost Lake Monster'.
* ''Disney's WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had Doug and Skeeter investigate the existence of the Lucky Duck Lake Monster on occasion. Said monster is a featured character in TheMovie.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' centers around this, in the end it turns out to be a MechanicalMonster created by MAD.
* In "Come Back, Little Monster" on ''[[WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter PB&J Otter]]'' when Jelly is trying to convince her friends that the really is a monster, she takes a blurry picture of Pippin (a manatee, and the supposed "monster") that bears a resemblance to typical photos of the Loch Ness Monster.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Gobblewonker. Nobody really believe it exists except for the main characters and Old Man [=McGucket=], the town loon. [[spoiler:It really doesn't, [=McGucket=] built a robotic monster for attention... [[DoubleSubverted except that the final shot shows a real Gobblewonker in the lake]].]]
* "The Loch monster" from ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' Season 9 episode "Hefty Sees A Serpent".
* ''WesternAnimation/HappyNessTheSecretOfTheLoch'' has a whole world of Nessies, all of whom live up to their names.
* Junior befriends a Nessie expy (albeit a marine one) in ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeAndSon'' episode "The Sea Monster".
* One nicknamed "Evy" (short for Evergreen Lake Monster) appears in episode "Monster Mania" of ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' prompting an avalanche of tourists. Until is discovered [[spoiler:that it was Cyril Sneer's [[ScoobyDooHoax latest hoax to make money]].]]
* In "Franklin's Pond Phantom" from ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'', there's a stir among the kids of Woodland about one of the local ponds supposedly containing a Stock Ness Monster called "Michiochi."
* The GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' features a lake monster named "Bessie"[[note]]Interestingly, there actually is an alleged lake monster in Lake Erie with that name[[/note]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Scavenger Pants", Squidward assigns [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick in bringing back the Loch Ness Monster, as an excuse for them to get lost. To his astonishment, the duo manages to bring Nessie back using [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes bagpipes]]. However, Nessie turns out to be enraged by bagpipe music, and eats Squidward when he inadvertently plays the bagpipes the two used to lure the monster.

[[folder: RealLife]]
* Some people believe Nessie to belong to the now-extinct Plesiosauria order, a of a group of sea-dwelling reptiles (some growing 30 or 40 feet in length) which [[TruthInTelevision did look like the monster]].
** Most researchers rule this out as improbable, since the plesiosaurs were primarily saltwater creatures, and supposedly went extinct millions of years ago - as opposed to the 10,000 year-old lake Loch Ness.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyphalosaurus Hyphalosaurus]]'' was pretty much the closest equivalent to a real Nessie: it was a long-necked, completely aquatic freshwater reptile that lived in what was once a large lake in a temperate climate. Unfortunately, it lived in the early Cretaceous... though relatives might survived in Europe until the ice ages.
** It was also less than a meter long.
* Minne the Lake Creature, a (statue, sadly) monster who "lives" in the lakes around Minneapolis.
* Hippo, seal, otter and manatee sightings have all been misreported as Stock Ness Monster encounters. The first, at least, occasionally do earn the "monster" part of the title, attacking swimmers or small boats in defense of their territories or young.
* Not exactly a dinosaur, but an unidentified animal looking something like a seal-manatee cross keeps lolling around the waters of Miami, captured on film by a Gene Sowerwine. Already there have been attempts to consider it a modern variation of a mosasaur...although closer inspection suggests the animal is just an ordinary manatee, albeit with a deformed tailfin (most likely the result of having an unfortunate encounter with a boat propeller).
* Brickly, the Lego Ness Monster who inhabits the lake at Downtown Disney outside the Lego store. While Legoland already has a pair of dragon mascots (Ollie and Allie), when they began building a Legoland in Florida, enough people asked if Brickly was going to be the mascot for Legoland Florida that they decided to make it canon-and released a special edition set just for him.
* The specific name of the Loch Ness Monster, ''Nesisteras rhombopteryx'' ("the monster of Ness with the diamond shaped fin") was devised in the 1970s by the naturalist Peter Scott. It's an anagram of 'monster hoax by Sir Peter S', though Scott denied this was intentional and fellow Nessie researcher Robert H. Rines (who took two supposed pictures of the monster) pointed out the anagram could ''also'' be read as: 'Yes, both pix are monsters, R.'
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliamna_Lake_Monster Iliamna Lake Monster]], supposedly said to occupy Lake Iliamna in Alaska.


[-Stock and Loch don't rhyme? Well for God's sake then, don't tell anyone else.-]