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** Hieracosphinxes -- wingless, hawk-headed lions -- are considered by other sphinxes to be just a gryphon variant with pretensions.


** 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.

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** Griffins are also common in the plane of Theros, based off of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]].mythology]], where they were originally created by the gods to catch falling stars. 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.


* In ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', Rider of Black can summon a hippogriff that he rides on.



* In ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', Rider of Black can summon a hippogriff that he rides on.

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* In ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', Rider of Black can summon a hippogriff that he rides on.


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 four main body plans:

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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.steeds. 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 four main body plans:



* 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.

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* 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 The tail is usually leonine, but may sometimes be reptilian or may not have a snake's tail.full snake, chimera-like.


* 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.

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* The '''Classical Gryphon''', or '''Griffin''', which is portrayed as a MixAndMatch critter with the body, back limbs and tail of a lion (often with (modern depictions may add 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.


* [[https://www.reddit.com/user/NoahGoldFox noahgoldfox's]] fursona is a bright pink latex gryphon that squeaks when he moves. He's also watermelon flavored.


* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'': When Arnora attempts to summon a gryphon {{Familiar}}, the result... [[http://yafgc.net/comic/1030-funny-magic-funny/ isn't quite what she expected]]. She's the size of a housecoat and has a parakeet front half, to begin with.

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* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'': When Arnora attempts to summon a gryphon {{Familiar}}, the result... [[http://yafgc.net/comic/1030-funny-magic-funny/ isn't quite what she expected]]. She's the size of a housecoat housecat and has a parakeet front half, to begin with.


*** There are also the axex, a subspecies of sorts, who are part of the federation of Gazellen.

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*** There are also the axex, a subspecies of sorts, who are part of the federation of Gazellen.Gazellen in the local equivalent of Africa.



** "Pigmy" gryphons are any extremely rare variant that may combine any type of bird and mammal.
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' brings us the [[http://yafgc.net/comic/1030-funny-magic-funny/ cutest gryphon ever.]]

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** "Pigmy" gryphons are any extremely rare variant that may combine any type of bird and mammal. \n* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' brings us At least some, such as the diminutive hummingbird-and-mouse gryphons, aren't sapient and are effectively just animals.
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'': When Arnora attempts to summon a gryphon {{Familiar}}, the result...
[[http://yafgc.net/comic/1030-funny-magic-funny/ cutest gryphon ever.]]isn't quite what she expected]]. She's the size of a housecoat and has a parakeet front half, to begin with.



** The same series also introduces a creature called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mastiff_phalone mastiff phalone]], 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's a pack-hunter and overall ressembles a typical griffin without wings.

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** The same series also introduces a creature called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mastiff_phalone mastiff phalone]], a Mastiff phalones]] are quadrupedal predator predators native to the world of Maridun notable for its with muscular, feline body, bodies, vulture-like head heads and a mane of feathers around its neck. It's a pack-hunter feathered manes. They're pack hunters, and overall ressembles a resemble typical griffin griffins without wings.


* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': 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.

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* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': ''Disney/{{Fantasia2000}}'': 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.


* 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.
* ''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 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.

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* In ''[[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Fantasia 2000]]'', a ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': 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.
* ''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 black-feathered bird front quarters forequarters are proportionally much larger than the lion hindquarters, while the head is not particularly eagle-like, except for eagle-like -- the beak, which especially, resembles more that of a vulture. Overall, his pathetic appearance reflects his status on the story as He's also very much a ButtMonkey, being continually beaten by a falcon ten times ''smaller'' smaller than him and by his boss, to whom he is loyal though sadly very incompetent at doing his job. Finally he is He's eventually burned, presumably to death, by Siamese twin dragons, and on top of that he is considered TheScrappy by the fans. AlasPoorScrappy indeed.

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* ''Literature/BookOfImaginaryBeings'':
** Sir John Mandeville, in his fantastic accounts of his supposed travels, reported that griffons were large enough to carry off two oxen together, while medieval texts and artwork typically used griffons as symbols of Christ.
** Hippogriffs are inherently paradoxical things, as griffons' hatred of horses was so well-known that "to breed horses with griffons" was a saying referring to an impossible task. Ludovico Ariosto was inspired by this saying to create a hippogriff for the Orlando Furioso, which is used as a steed by Astolpho until he sets it free late in the poem.


** ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' brings back griffons (which here are sometimes born with two heads) and demigryphs as creatures associated with the forces of the Realm of Azyr, in addition to introducing two additional breeds of wingless gryphs:

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** ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' brings back griffons (which here can be tiger-striped or leopard-spotted in addition to leonine, and are sometimes born with two heads) and demigryphs as creatures associated with the forces of the Realm of Azyr, in addition to introducing two additional breeds of wingless gryphs:


** An Asian species exists that is distinguished by a scaly heads and neck and a spiny fin running down its neck and back.

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** An Asian species exists that is distinguished by a scaly heads head and neck and a spiny fin running down its neck and back.



*** Gryph-chargers resemble wingless hippogriffs, as they have horselike hind legs and avian forelegs instead of a demigryph's four feline legs; some also have two tails.

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*** Gryph-chargers resemble wingless hippogriffs, hippogriffs with lion tails, as they have horselike hind legs and avian forelegs instead of a demigryph's four feline legs; some also have two tails.

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* ''TabletopGame/PalladiumFantasy'': Griffons fit the standard fantasy mold in terms of physical appearance, live in high mountains in northern climes and will generally leave humans alone unless threatened or hungry.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'': Classic griffins, resembling the usual mix of lion and eagle with feathered ears, exist as Awakened animals of somewhat unclear origin, although they're somewhat tentatively classified as birds. They're solitary mountain-dwellers and prey chiefly on large hoofed mammals. A few additional variants are known to exist, generally created by additional magical mutation of the main griffin species.
** An Asian species exists that is distinguished by a scaly heads and neck and a spiny fin running down its neck and back.
** False griffins are largely identical to the normal kind, but lack wings and external ears.
** The hieracosphinx resembles a griffin with a falcon-like head and vestigial wings, while the criosphinx resembles a hieracosphinx with lion ears and ram horns. They live only in the Serdarbulak Plateau in the Middle East and are believed to have diverged from regular griffins in the surge of magical transformations that came with the passing of Halley's Comet.
** Heliodromus are mutant griffins with fully feline bodies and the wings and heads of vultures. They're opportunistic scavengers, waiting near freeways to glean roadkill, raiding graveyards, lurking around battlefields and sometimes picking through garbage dumps. They are also known to try to scare other creatures into dangerous situations by using their ability to induce supernatural fear, and will attack targets directly if they're especially hungry.

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