The Jersey Devil

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, this world mine
Bruce Springsteen, "A Night With the Jersey Devil"

No, not the hockey team (though, the team is named after the creature.)

A cryptid which was supposedly first spotted in the 1700s in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey, the Jersey Devil is often described as a horned, hooved and bipedal Mix and Match Critter possessing bat-like wings and an inconsistent origin. The most common version of the creature's tale is that it is the thirteenth child of Mother Leeds, a whore and/or 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 transformed into a monster, and fled into the wilderness, subsequently becoming "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 Our Cryptids Are More Mysterious, Chupacabra, Wendigo, and Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti. May or may not be friends with fellow backwoods Joisey ghoul Jason Voorhees.


Comic Books
  • The Hack/Slash and Living Corpse 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 Fantastic Four discover that Jersey Devils are actually hungry aliens.
  • In Jack of Fables, the Jersey Devil is an inmate of the Golden Boughs Retirement Community.
    • In the videogame adaptation The Wolf Among Us, 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 The Crow.
  • One appeared in Hoax Hunters. 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 he's actually friendly and playful, not at all hostile or dangerous.
  • In Kaijumax, one of the inmates is clearly based on the Devil, albeit scaled up to Kaiju size.

  • 13th Child, which for some reason reimagines the Devil as the immortal, shapeshifting son of a Native American shaman. And/or his pet minotaur with bear claws.
  • 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.
  • The Last Broadcast 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. Everybody Dies, though 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 He Who Must Not Be Seen or just plain invisible, with its family (and some random Satanists, because why the Hell not?) being the main antagonists.
  • The Barrens, another Horrible Camping Trip example, though it's left ambiguous as to whether or not there really is a monster.
  • In TMNT a Jersey Devil is one of thirteen monsters summoned by Max Winters, and is fought by Raphael in a diner.

  • 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 lycanthropy-like disorder.
  • End of Mae, featuring an Intrepid Reporter searching for a vampiric take on the Devil.
  • 1976's The Jersey Devil.
  • In the Repairman Jack 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. 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 Stephanie Plum 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.
  • 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.

Live-Action TV
  • In The X-Files 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 Lost Tapes 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 Destination Truth, have had episodes focusing on the Jersey Devil.
  • The guys on Cake Boss once made a Jersey Devil cake. It was pretty awesome.
  • A series of backwoods maulings in the 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.


Tabletop Games

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 Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Marcel is a newspaper writer who tasks you to take a photo of the cryptid and wonders why it's called a Jersey Devil.
    Marcel: Wow!! So this is a Jersey Devil! And it's neither a devil, nor wearing a jersey... Well, whatever. Our readers'll eat it up anyway. Here's your cut. Enjoy!
  • In Jersey Devil, the main character is a horned, winged and costumed humanoid off to stop Mad Scientist Doctor Knarf. It was about as In Name Only as you can get.
  • In 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 hell of a Jump Scare.
  • Along with some other legends, the Jersey Devil appears as a fixture in the paranormal table in Zen Pinball.
  • And along with many other legends in Soul Hackers.
  • Magical Diary references "jirseys", a kind of small flying monster with bat wings and a horse body.
  • The Jersey Devil is an antagonist in The Wolf Among Us, running a pawn shop as a front for criminal activity. He's glamoured to look like a human, but his true form is a grey-skinned demon with a horse's skull for a head.

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

Western Animation
  • The American Dragon: Jake Long 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 throws it off a cliff.
  • In the Extreme Ghostbusters 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 Jonny Quest The Real Adventures 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 The Secret Saturdays episodes "Cryptid vs. Cryptid" and "War of the Cryptids".

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Jersey Devil