People are always asking: Did I know about Tyler Durden?
Prof. Walsh: So...The Slayer.
Buffy: That's me.
Riley: We thought you were a myth.
Buffy: Well...you were myth-taken.
—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "A New Man"
While there were volumes of legends about Arguleon Veq, his greatest foe - the Last - is ever mysterious. Some say there were once many, and that all but one were swallowed when Chaos first bled through the Maelstrom into realspace, leaving the Last as the sole vengeful survivor of its race. Others say that it was, in itself, a creature of Chaos, a daemon who refused to accept the yoke of a god, a creature that in its madness desired the symbolic world of Torvendis for itself. Both scholars and liars claim many other things besides - that the Last was from another time, or a vast alien creature that became trapped in the Maelstrom like a fly in tree sap, or a sentient war engine from the insane times of the Dark Age of Technology.
Borlik: You know, I heard he destroyed a Peacekeeper Gammak Base, murdered an entire Nebari battalion, even laid waste to a Shadow Depository. The guy was a devil: he raped and pillaged, he popped eyeballs-
Crichton: Whoa-whoa! Where do they get these stories? Let's set the facts straight. First off, there was no raping, very little pillaging, and Frau Blucher popped all the eyeballs.
— Farscape, "Suns And Lovers"
Of this Kothian wizard dark tales were told; tousle-headed women in northern and western villages frightened children with his name, and rebellious slaves were brought to abased submission quicker than by the lash, with threat of being sold to him. Men said that he had a whole library of dark works bound in skin flayed from living human victims, and that in nameless pits below the hill whereon his palace sat, he trafficked with the powers of darkness, trading screaming girl slaves for unholy secrets.
Any crazy stories you've heard about him are probably true. He breaks bricks with his bare hands. He can leap 30 feet in the air when he chooses not to fly. Some even claim that he's not a Toad at all - that he's somethin' else, somethin' from beyond.
Tatiana is the daughter of a man who is too important to exist. He controls the whole of Russia, but he does not exist. When people arrest Tatiana, her father arranges for her to be freed. He does not exist, but everyone is afraid of him.
- Tatiana, "Smiley's People"
Zakath: The Grolims inform me that you are a hundred feet tall, perhaps two hundred, and have horns and a tail.
Belgarath: I am in disguise.
— The Malloreon
“Some say that he knows two facts about ducks and both of them are wrong. And that 61 years ago he accidentally introduced her majesty The Queen to a Greek racialist. All we know is that I’m going to the tower now to have my head cut off, and he is called the Stig.”
— Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear