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* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheTeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': Not the first adaptation of the franchise to use them, but featured much more prominently here, as Yokai have a huge subterranean city beneath New York. Supporting villain Big Mama is a Jurogumo, and main antagonist/mutant-creating-alchemist-warrior Baron Draxum is also identified as a nonspecific "Yokai". The {{mutants}} the franchise (the title characters included) are even eventually revealed to artifical yokai.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheTeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': Not the first adaptation of the franchise to use them, but featured much more prominently here, as Yokai have a huge subterranean city beneath New York. Supporting villain Big Mama is a Jurogumo, and main antagonist/mutant-creating-alchemist-warrior Baron Draxum is also identified as a nonspecific "Yokai". The {{mutants}} the franchise (the title characters included) are even eventually revealed to artifical be artificial yokai.

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** ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'': The Soot Sprites and Totoros, though original to the movie, have some characteristics of traditional youkai.


* [[VengefulGhost Yurei]] -- Japanese counterpart of vengeful ghosts, being Onryo the most known type of Yurei.

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* [[VengefulGhost Yurei]] -- Japanese counterpart of vengeful ghosts, Onryo being Onryo the most known type of Yurei.



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* A ''Gashadokuro'' is the first Boss enemy in ''VideoGame/HeavenlyGuardian''.



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* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': Rokurokubi sometimes appears among Youkai, but a single, old Nukekubi is the protagonist of a story of the same title in the book ''A town called Hell'', where he ambushes Usagi. [[spoiler: Usagi manages to capture him and gives him to a talkative old woman who lives by herself and is plagued by lizards, so that the woman has company and the Nukekubi can sustain himself by eating the lizards.]]



* ''VideoGame/LegendaryTheBox'' has "Tsuchigumo" (erroneously translated as "Blood Spiders") as enemies, taking the form of red SpiderSwarm that will reform unless you find and destroy the Queen spawning them.



!!Comic Books
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': in the book ''Traitors of the Earth'', ArcVillain and EvilSorcerer Hatakeyama takes the form of a Wanyuudo to reach his surviving servant and learn what happened to him.



* ''VideoGame/Nioh2'' has the starting spirit Makami, a fiery wolf associated with the volcano god, and the Guardian Spirit of Maeda Toshiie, the Okuri Inu, a lantern-carrying dog Youkai who's said to stalk his victims in the mountains and devour them once they're desperate enough.



* A trailer from ''VideoGame/Nioh2'' also shows at one point a gigantic Ushi Oni monster, complete with mask-like face and massive claw-tipped legs.

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* A trailer ''VideoGame/Nioh2'': Gyuuki is fought as a boss halfway through the game, and is a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever huge boss]] resembling the traditional depiction but with a more bovine-like body (the spider legs are located in the same position as an actual bull's and are tipped with hooves), a tail and the ability to grow feathery wings from ''VideoGame/Nioh2'' also shows at one point a gigantic Ushi Oni monster, complete with mask-like face the top of his back to fly over the arena and massive claw-tipped legs.bodyslam anything beneath him.



* Gyuki from ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'' is one, though he looks more like a boar demon than a bull.

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* Gyuki from ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'' is one, though he looks more like a boar demon than a bull. He's a GiantMook type encountered as an officer among Orochi's forces alongside the Serpent Demons and the Dodomeki.




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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': During the Wano Arc, [[DemBones Brook's]] soul form (complete with wisps and ghostly attire) is mistaken by a Gashadokuro by the [[{{Ninja}} Orochi Oniwabanshu]], who are terrified of him.


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!!Comic Books
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' often features Obake (translated by Sakai as "Haunts") of different varieties in many stories, ranging from Ghosts, to demons, to Kappas to Tengu and many others. The stand-alone volume "Yokai" has Usagi and demon-queller Sasuke joining forces to fight an army of Obake.

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* [[{{Lilliputians}} Koropokkuru]] -- Fairy-like mini-people that help out humans.


* {{Baku}} -- Dream-eating Tapir creature.



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'''Baku''': A relatively benign example, being a creature with an elephant-like head that [[DreamStealer eats bad dreams]]. In modern Japanese the word ''baku'' can also refer to tapirs -- when introduced to Japan, they bore such an uncanny resemblance to the mythological baku that they were assumed to be the same thing, and heavily influenced its later depictions. No relation to the capital of UsefulNotes/{{Azerbaijan}}.

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'''Baku''':
'''Nurikabe''': A relatively benign example, monster that takes the form of [[LivingStructureMonster an animate section of wall]]. It has the power to turn invisible, and likes to use this power to impede travelers. Interesting enough, its common depiction of being a creature with an elephant-like head that [[DreamStealer eats bad dreams]]. In animated wall is somewhat of [[NewerThanTheyThink a modern Japanese representation]]. Originally during the word ''baku'' can also refer to tapirs -- when introduced to Japan, they bore such an uncanny resemblance to the mythological baku Edo period, one of its early depictions was that they were assumed of a three-eyed grotesque vaguely dog-like creature. Over time, its depiction changed to be the same thing, a literal wall with limbs and heavily influenced its later depictions. No relation to the capital of UsefulNotes/{{Azerbaijan}}.

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': Anime/DigimonAdventure02 has Bakumon, who goes by the name Tapirmon in the dub.
* ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'': The baku, instead of being a benign creature that eats nightmares, eats ''good'' dreams and leaves its victims in a state of utter, suicide-inducing despair. It's actually composed of hundreds of tortured souls who moan and writhe in the vague shape of a tapir.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' a baku appears [[spoiler: as Danzou's summoning]] and looks like a huge, tuskless fierce elephant, able to suck anything in his trunk.
* ''Manga/NightmareInspector'' has a baku for a main character, who helps rid people of their nightmares in return for being allowed to eat said nightmares.
* ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'': Baku is a tapir who has been known to eat black notes, which are basically manifested nightmares.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': The second movie and the chapter/episode it was loosely adapted from feature a baku.
* ''Manga/YumekuiMerry'': Merry Nightmare has powers revolving around dreams and nightmares, and she has a strong baku motif.
* ''Manga/SazanEyes'': The Fire General of the Five Generals of Gui Yan vaguely resembles a Baku, being an elephant-like gargoyle monster. Like the other generals, he presumably has psychic powers which allows him to give nightmares to people.

!!Comic Books
* ''Comicbook/TheSandman'': Baku make an appearance in ''The Dream Hunters''.

!!Literature
* ''Literature/OlogySeries'': ''Monsterology'' includes the baku in the chapter dedicated to terrestrial beasts. It's depicted as tapir-like creature with short elephant tusks, a black coat with large yellow dots, and the paws of a tiger, and is native to Japan and coastal China. While it does not eat nightmares, it's noted to have a profoundly soothing effect on people, similar to that experienced when petting a cat.
* ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'' ends with [[spoiler: the heroine getting rid of a destructive dream-turned-real this way]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': Anime/DigimonAdventure02 has Bakumon, who goes by the name Tapirmon in the dub.
* ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'': The baku, instead of being a benign creature that eats nightmares, eats ''good'' dreams and leaves its victims in a state of utter, suicide-inducing despair. It's actually composed of hundreds of tortured souls who moan and writhe in the vague shape of a tapir.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' a baku
%%* ''Manga/InuXBokuSS'': One appears [[spoiler: as Danzou's summoning]] and looks like a huge, tuskless fierce elephant, able to suck anything in his trunk.
* ''Manga/NightmareInspector'' has a baku for a main character, who helps rid people of their nightmares in return for being allowed to eat said nightmares.
* ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'': Baku is a tapir who has been known to eat black notes, which are basically manifested nightmares.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': The
the second movie and the chapter/episode it was loosely adapted from feature a baku.
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* ''Manga/YumekuiMerry'': Merry Nightmare ''Manga/MononokeSharing'' has powers revolving around dreams and nightmares, and she has a strong baku motif.
* ''Manga/SazanEyes'': The Fire General
Oi-chan, who spends most of the Five Generals her time acting as a section of Gui Yan vaguely resembles a Baku, being an elephant-like gargoyle monster. Like the other generals, he presumably has psychic powers which allows him to give nightmares to people.

!!Comic Books
* ''Comicbook/TheSandman'': Baku make an appearance in ''The Dream Hunters''.

!!Literature
* ''Literature/OlogySeries'': ''Monsterology'' includes the baku
wall in the chapter dedicated to terrestrial beasts. It's depicted as tapir-like cast's appartment building (since she can't hold a human form for long periods of time).
* ''Manga/PetopetoSan'' has Nuri-chan, one of Hatoko's classmates. She is humanoid, but made out of concrete. Her little sister is more of a wall-shaped
creature with short elephant tusks, a black coat with large yellow dots, arms and the paws of a tiger, and is native to Japan and coastal China. While it does not eat nightmares, it's noted to have a profoundly soothing effect on people, similar to that experienced when petting a cat.
* ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'' ends with [[spoiler: the heroine getting rid of a destructive dream-turned-real this way]].
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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'': Baku-based monsters are quite common.
** ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'''s Tapir Evo, while nominally based on a regular tapir, possessed the ability to control dreams by transforming them into nightmares, making them come true, or even creating nightmare versions of others.
** One MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' was Bakuki, who appeared in [[SixthRanger Ninjaman]]'s debut episode. While he claims to be a modern version of the Baku, he looks nothing like one, being a hooded demon-like being instead. Appeared as Vampirus for ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
** Nightmare Ninja Yumebakushi from ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' could place children into a deep dream that they would never wake up from, turning them into stone. Adapted as Starvark for ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''.
** Yumebakura from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' (Rhinosnorus in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''), like all ayakashi, claims to be the inspiration for a youkai. In his case, his dream-based powers and amalgamation of rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, and ox body parts make him the Baku.
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' has Elmgaim of the Baku, who combines his motifs with a velvet worm and [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Kreuger]]. Appears in ''Series/PowerRangersMegaForce'' as Dream Snatcher.
** A purse-based Baku appeared in ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'', adapted as Smellephant for ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel''.
** Yumepakkun from ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'' is a Baku-like alien who consumes the dreams of children.
** ''Series/KaitouSentaiLupinrangerVsKeisatsuSentaiPatranger'': Tapir-themed Gangler monster Nero Kilner was able to trap people in their dreams using his Nemulance staff.

!!Tabletop Games
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Baku appear in the 1st Edition ''Monster Manual 2'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'', but have nothing in common with their mythological counterparts beyond the name and having an elephant-like head, instead being psionic ChaoticGood creatures that associate with subtropical lands. Confusingly, ''Oriental Adventures'' includes a creature with the description and characteristics of the mythological baku, but it's called shirokinukatsukami.
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' features malevolent bakus. They still eat bad dreams, but they eat their victim's memories as well.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': Baku resemble floating, shaggy and tusked tapirs, and can when feeding choose to eat all of a person's dreams -- causing them to wake up later exhausted and unrefreshed -- or only their nightmares -- which grants immunity to nightmare-inducing magic or dream haunting by malicious beings. They are mortal enemies of the dream-haunting night hags, and go to great lengths to hunt them down, fight them and prevent them from preying on sleeping minds.

!!Video Games
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'': Luna from ''Animal Crossing: New Leaf'' is a baku, and fittingly runs the Dream Suite.
* [[spoiler:Yomi]], a side character from ''VideoGame/AyakashiRomanceReborn''. The game has a variation on the baku's mythology, where if [[spoiler:Yomi]] loses control over his emotions, [[spoiler:[[PowerIncontinence all the nightmares pour out of him and enter the minds of anyone in the vicinity]]]].
* Tapir, the wizard from ''VideoGame/{{Cocoron}}'', eventually turns out to be a baku who you have to fight in the game's final battle.
* ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'': ''Dark Cloud 2 / Dark Chronicle'' features a mini-boss in Starlight Canyon called the Memo-Eater, an obese monster with a tapir's nose that possesses a girl and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia eats her memories]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', when a character wakes up from Sleep status on his or her own, a small baku comes by to "eat" their dreams away.
* ''Videogame/GetAmped:'' There's an accessory called "Baku Pillow/Tapir Pillow". It's a cursed pillow that allows the user to summon the Baku to attack their enemies. It can be used to force enemies to sleep and get nightmares so the Baku can devour their nightmares, or you can also sleep with it to get the same result. Its strongest attack is to summon the Baku to breath out all the "nightmares" it has devoured towards the target, causing them to be assaulted in their minds and taking big damage.
* ''VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}}'': They are called Dream Eaters (''yume-kui'').
* ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'': The FinalBoss is a baku named Bug (a PunnyName that works better in Japanese).
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Drowzee (and by extension it evolution, Hypno), a bipedal tapir-like Pokémon best known for eating dreams.
** Munna, and Musharna are likewise tapir-based 'mons, and are themed quite heavily around dreams and sleep. They also take cues from cartoon "dream clouds".
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Doremy Sweet from the Touhou Project is based on a baku, although like all of the characters from that series, it's almost impossible to tell.
* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'': Baku is one of the few yo-kai who didn't get a DubNameChange. He is a purple baku who is said to put people to sleep before eating their dreams. In ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch2'' he is a story character. He even gains in evolution called Bakulia.

!!Webcomics
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'': One member of the cast played a baku in the [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling]] run. The [[TalkativeLoon Talking Guy]] [[PopCulturalOsmosis thought it was a]] [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Drowzee]].
* ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' contains "a giant elephant-ram-boar-bear thing with purple hair" called a baku. It does live in the dream world, and attempts to eat the main characters' party.
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'''Nurikabe''': A monster that takes the form of [[LivingStructureMonster an animate section of wall]]. It has the power to turn invisible, and likes to use this power to impede travelers. Interesting enough, its common depiction of being an animated wall is somewhat of [[NewerThanTheyThink a modern representation]]. Originally during the Edo period, one of its early depictions was that of a three-eyed grotesque vaguely dog-like creature. Over time, its depiction changed to a literal wall with limbs and very vague features.

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!!Anime and Manga
%%* ''Manga/InuXBokuSS'': One appears in the second episode.
* ''Manga/MononokeSharing'' has Oi-chan, who spends most of her time acting as a section of wall in the cast's appartment building (since she can't hold a human form for long periods of time).
* ''Manga/PetopetoSan'' has Nuri-chan, one of Hatoko's classmates. She is humanoid, but made out of concrete. Her little sister is more of a wall-shaped creature with arms and legs.

!!Live-Action TV


* {{Raiju}} -- The animalistic-personification of lightning.



'''Raijuu''' or [[ShockAndAwe "Thunder Beast"]] is lightning in a weasel-like shape, possibly based on distorted reports of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civet civets]]: it's usually represented with many tails and/or legs, poisonous claws, and bright yellow and black fur. They can also appear as dogs, monkeys, tanuki, foxes, or even balls of fire and lightning. Raijuu were sometimes associated with the similarly-named Raijin, the Shinto god of thunder and storms.

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'''Raijuu''' or [[ShockAndAwe "Thunder Beast"]] is lightning '''Nyuudou''': Youkai that look like Buddhist monks, commonly encountered on roads. They existed in a weasel-like shape, possibly based on distorted reports of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civet civets]]: it's usually represented with many tails and/or legs, poisonous claws, different varieties and bright yellow and black fur. They can also appear as dogs, monkeys, tanuki, foxes, or even balls of fire and lightning. Raijuu were sometimes associated with one of the similarly-named Raijin, favorite forms for youkai possessing VoluntaryShapeshifting powers to assume.

'''Mikoshi-nyuudou, Miage-nyuudou and Nyuudou-bouzu''' are short monks who would [[{{Sizeshifter}} grow taller]] as one looked at him until either one's neck was completely exposed from looking up at
the Shinto god of thunder nyuudou, at which point it would [[OffWithHisHead cut off one's head]], or one fell backwards from trying to see how tall the nyuudou became, at which point it would [[HarmlessVillain laugh at you and storms.

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disappear]]. '''Hitotsume-nyuudou''' are, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin just as their name indicates]], one-eyed, cyloptic nyuudou.

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* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': The manifestation of the Thunder card is Raiju, the Thunder Beast. It looks like a big electric wolf.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': The Raiju Brothers [[PsychoElectro Hiten]] and [[FatBastard Manten]]. They're both humanoid (with Hiten being totally human-like while Manten has a monstrous head) and they [[VillainousValour do care for each other]]. The anime filler also introduces their little sister [[CuteBruiser Soten]].
* ''Manga/OtomeYoukaiZakuro'': A raijuu goes berserk in the first episode, giving us a chance to see Agemaki's courage -- and the half-youkai girls' ability to actually ''handle'' the situation.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': One chapter of the manga ''[[Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit Wild and Horned Hermit]]'' features Reimu and Marisa finding [[TheBeastmaster Kasen]]'s pet raiju and becoming poisoned by its thunder. In Kasen's later appearances in the games, the raijuu (named Mukou) is featured in some of her attacks.
* While Tora of ''Manga/UshioAndTora'' has been called a raijuu, his actual form looks more like a tiger, and lightning is only one of his ComboPlatterPowers. It is not, however, his real species, just a moniker.
* ''Manga/XxxHolic'': A raiju appears in the form of a crazed lightning ball.
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'': [[EvilSorcerer Shiro Amakusa]] turns into a giant, six tailed weasel with huge claws for his showdown with the KidSamurai. However, he doesn't gain any thunder-related ability.
* ''Anime/MonsterRancher:'' The character Tiger (originally known as Raiga in Japan) draws inspiration from the raiju, resembling a blue and white-furred wolf with horns that he can shoot bolts of electricity from.
* ''Manga/FlowerKnightDakini:'' Thunder Beasts play an important role in the story as they are created specifically to destroy the Golems threatening the world. They do not possess any electricity-related powers, instead the main weapons of their enemies are destructive lasers called Straight Thunders or Mjölnirs.
* In the ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' anime episode "[[Recap/TheRisingOfTheShieldHeroS1E6ANewComrade A New Comrade]]", Naofumi and his party encounter a Nue, a chimera-beast with tiger and lion characteristics with a serpent for a tail. It's body gives off a powerful electrical charge like the Raijuu.

!!Fanfiction
* In ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/403738/never-too-clever Never too Clever]]'', a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic, Starswirl the Bearded and Clover the Clever at one point have to deal with a raijū -- a wolflike ElementalEmbodiment of lightning that can create storms -- that has been terrorizing the pegasus weather workers. As it turns out, [[spoiler:raijūs feed on electricity and the creature's attacks were prompted by the pegasi's suppression of naturally occurring storms, which was starving it to death]].

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* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': The manifestation ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'': In the anime, one of the Thunder card listed sub-species for Cyclops/Monoeye is Raiju, One-Eyed Monk, what is basically just a Monoeye who converted into Buddhism.
* In ''Manga/NuraRiseOfTheYokaiClan'', Hitotsume Nyuudou is a member of
the Thunder Beast. It looks like a big electric wolf.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': The Raiju Brothers [[PsychoElectro Hiten]] and [[FatBastard Manten]]. They're both humanoid (with Hiten being totally human-like while Manten has a monstrous head) and they [[VillainousValour do care for each other]]. The anime filler also introduces their little sister [[CuteBruiser Soten]].
* ''Manga/OtomeYoukaiZakuro'': A raijuu goes berserk in the first episode, giving us a chance to see Agemaki's courage --
Nura Clan and the half-youkai girls' ability to actually ''handle'' the situation.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': One chapter
chairman of the manga ''[[Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit Wild One-Eyed Demon Clan. Four hundred years ago, he was part of Nurarihyon's Hyakki Yakkou and Horned Hermit]]'' features Reimu and Marisa finding [[TheBeastmaster Kasen]]'s pet raiju and becoming poisoned by its thunder. In Kasen's later appearances in the games, the raijuu (named Mukou) is featured in some as a result of her attacks.
* While Tora of ''Manga/UshioAndTora'' has been called a raijuu, his actual form looks more like a tiger, and lightning is only one of his ComboPlatterPowers. It is not, however, his real species, just a moniker.
* ''Manga/XxxHolic'': A raiju appears in the form of a crazed lightning ball.
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'': [[EvilSorcerer Shiro Amakusa]] turns into a giant, six tailed weasel with huge claws for his showdown with the KidSamurai. However, he doesn't gain any thunder-related ability.
* ''Anime/MonsterRancher:'' The character Tiger (originally known as Raiga in Japan) draws inspiration from the raiju, resembling a blue and white-furred wolf with horns that he can shoot bolts of electricity from.
* ''Manga/FlowerKnightDakini:'' Thunder Beasts play an important role in the story as they are created specifically
Kokehime's rescue, she became attached to destroy the Golems threatening the world. They do not possess any electricity-related powers, instead the main weapons of their enemies are destructive lasers called Straight Thunders or Mjölnirs.
* In the ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' anime episode "[[Recap/TheRisingOfTheShieldHeroS1E6ANewComrade A New Comrade]]", Naofumi and his party encounter a Nue, a chimera-beast with tiger and lion characteristics with a serpent for a tail. It's body gives off a powerful electrical charge like the Raijuu.

!!Fanfiction
* In ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/403738/never-too-clever Never too Clever]]'', a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic, Starswirl the Bearded and Clover the Clever at one point have to deal with a raijū -- a wolflike ElementalEmbodiment of lightning that can create storms -- that has been terrorizing the pegasus weather workers. As it turns out, [[spoiler:raijūs feed on electricity and the creature's attacks were prompted by the pegasi's suppression of naturally occurring storms, which was starving it to death]].
him.



* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' has perhaps the strangest example of this youkai in fiction in Happouzu (Crustor in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''). Like all the ayakashi, he is the InUniverse basis for a youkai, and despite being a walking mass of barnacles, he's the raiju. Might have something to do with the orbs of fire and lightning he can shoot from his body.

!!Tabletop Games
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': Raijus are creatures native to lightning-wracked regions of the [[ElementalPlane Plane of Air]], but are often flung to the material world by the elemental fury of the storms they live in. They naturally resemble small, foxlike creatures crackling with electricity, but are actually born as spheres of living electricity and, when in the material plane, they usually take the forms of small, common mammals from their new home area so as not to stand out. They return to their true forms during the fits of furious activity that lightning storms engender in them, and are constantly seeking to return to their home plane. There are also kaenjus, rarer relatives of raijus that come from the Plane of Fire instead.

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* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' has perhaps the strangest example of this youkai in fiction in Happouzu (Crustor in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''). Like all the ayakashi, he is the InUniverse basis for a youkai, and despite being a walking mass of barnacles, he's the raiju. Might have something to do with the orbs of fire and lightning he can shoot from his body.

!!Tabletop Games
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': Raijus are creatures native to lightning-wracked regions of the [[ElementalPlane Plane of Air]], but are often flung to the material world by the elemental fury of the storms they live in. They naturally resemble small, foxlike creatures crackling with electricity, but are actually born as spheres of living electricity and, when
''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger: The Movie'' featured two Hitotsume Nyuudou brothers (referred in the material plane, they usually take the forms of small, common mammals from movie by their new home area so alternate name Hitotsume Kozou) as not to stand out. They return to their true forms during secondary antagonists. Their boss and the fits film's main villain was another type of furious activity that lightning storms engender in them, and are constantly seeking to return to their home plane. There are also kaenjus, rarer relatives of raijus that come from the Plane of Fire instead.
Nyuudou called Onnyudou.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Genji}}'' the Nue boss from the first act is replaced by its palette-swap cousin Raijuu, who uses lightning rather than non-elemental attacks and whose claws are needed to make the game's InfinityMinusOneSword for both Yoshitsune and Benkei.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
** Rajang is a Thunder-type monster, can appear like a ball of thunder or fire, has yellow and black fur, and looks like the monkey-like depiction of the raiju. It has only one tail, which can be cut to make it lose power.
** The Zinogre is also based on the raiju, being a wolf-like monster capable of generating powerful electrical shocks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nioh}}'' takes a page from ''Genji'' above and has the Raijuu merged with the Nue as a boss in a temple ground. It can attack with lightning but is vulnerable to water.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': A number of [[ShockAndAwe Electric-type]] Pokémon are based, to a greater or lesser degree, on the raiju.
** Raikou, one of the three Legendary Beasts, is the most direct callback to the mythological raiju. It resembles a black-and-yellow saber-toothed cat with a zig-zagging, lightning-like tail, and it's said that thunderstorms follow where it goes.
** Manectric resembles a blue-and-yellow wolf with a prominent lightning theme, and physically resembles the raijou more than Raikou itself does.
** While Thundorus is primarily based on Raijin, the thunder god that raijus were sometimes associated with, its beastlike Therian forme is more heavily based on the raiju itself.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'': Raijuus appear frequently as beastlike creatures made of lightning.

!!Web Original
* ''Monster Girl Encyclopedia'': Raiju are a species of [[ShockAndAwe lightning-controlling]] magical Weasel beast-women from the Zipangu region. They are a bold, ferocious and impulsive race, who are driven by lust above all else. They are particularly adept at [[PowerPerversionPotential using their electrical abilities to provide electrical stimulation during sex]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Genji}}'' the Nue boss from the first act is replaced by its palette-swap cousin Raijuu, who uses lightning rather than non-elemental attacks and whose claws are needed to make the game's InfinityMinusOneSword for both Yoshitsune and Benkei.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
** Rajang is a Thunder-type monster, can appear like a ball of thunder or fire, has yellow and black fur, and looks like the monkey-like depiction of the raiju. It has only one tail, which can be cut to make it lose power.
** The Zinogre is also based on the raiju, being a wolf-like monster capable of generating powerful electrical shocks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nioh}}'' takes a page from ''Genji'' above and has the Raijuu merged Nyuudo as huge, hard-hitting enemies with round eyes and long, lolling tongues they can use to whip the Nue as a boss in a temple ground. It can attack with lightning but is vulnerable to water.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': A number of [[ShockAndAwe Electric-type]] Pokémon are based, to a greater or lesser degree, on the raiju.
** Raikou, one of the three Legendary Beasts, is the most direct callback to the mythological raiju. It resembles a black-and-yellow saber-toothed cat with a zig-zagging, lightning-like tail, and it's said that thunderstorms follow where it goes.
** Manectric resembles a blue-and-yellow wolf with a prominent lightning theme, and physically resembles the raijou more than Raikou itself does.
** While Thundorus is primarily based on Raijin, the thunder god that raijus were sometimes associated with, its beastlike Therian forme is more heavily based on the raiju itself.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'': Raijuus appear frequently as beastlike creatures made of lightning.

!!Web Original
* ''Monster Girl Encyclopedia'': Raiju are a species of [[ShockAndAwe lightning-controlling]] magical Weasel beast-women from the Zipangu region.
player. They are something of a bold, ferocious MiniBoss. Their cyclopic one-eyed variants also appear, and impulsive race, who are driven they can be weakened by lust above all else. They are particularly adept at [[PowerPerversionPotential using slashing their electrical abilities eye.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Though only identified as a "Nyuudou"[[note]]Cumulonimbus clouds are called "Nyuudou" in Japanese; Unzan is able
to provide electrical stimulation during sex]].change size and shape due to being composed of clouds and his name means "Clouded Mountain" or "Mountain of Clouds".[[/note]], Unzan used to be the road-roaming, size-shifting and decapitating kind of nyuudou before Kumoi Ichirin [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeated him]]. These days he acts much like a GuardianEntity to her and his {{Megaton Punch}}es and RapidFireFisticuffs are a popular source of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' references within the fandom. It's also explained the reason why nyuudou grows taller when seen is because they're just really shy.



'''Nyuudou''': Youkai that look like Buddhist monks, commonly encountered on roads. They existed in many different varieties and were one of the favorite forms for youkai possessing VoluntaryShapeshifting powers to assume.

'''Mikoshi-nyuudou, Miage-nyuudou and Nyuudou-bouzu''' are short monks who would [[{{Sizeshifter}} grow taller]] as one looked at him until either one's neck was completely exposed from looking up at the nyuudou, at which point it would [[OffWithHisHead cut off one's head]], or one fell backwards from trying to see how tall the nyuudou became, at which point it would [[HarmlessVillain laugh at you and disappear]]. '''Hitotsume-nyuudou''' are, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin just as their name indicates]], one-eyed, cyloptic nyuudou.

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'''Nyuudou''': Youkai that look like Buddhist monks, commonly encountered '''Wanyuudou''': A burning wheel, frequently with a man's/monk's face serving as the hubcaps. This bizarre entity is flies about at night in search of humans to slaughter on roads. They existed in many different varieties sight and were one of the favorite forms for youkai possessing VoluntaryShapeshifting powers to assume.

'''Mikoshi-nyuudou, Miage-nyuudou and Nyuudou-bouzu''' are short monks who would [[{{Sizeshifter}} grow taller]] as one looked at him until either one's neck was completely exposed from looking up at the nyuudou, at which point it would [[OffWithHisHead cut off one's head]], or one fell backwards from trying to see how tall the nyuudou became, at which point it would [[HarmlessVillain laugh at you and disappear]]. '''Hitotsume-nyuudou''' are, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin just as
kidnap their name indicates]], one-eyed, cyloptic nyuudou.

souls. Often lumped with the Buer from the Literature/ArsGoetia.

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* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'': In the anime, one of the listed sub-species for Cyclops/Monoeye is One-Eyed Monk, what is basically just a Monoeye who converted into Buddhism.
* In ''Manga/NuraRiseOfTheYokaiClan'', Hitotsume Nyuudou is a member of the Nura Clan and the chairman of the One-Eyed Demon Clan. Four hundred years ago, he was part of Nurarihyon's Hyakki Yakkou and as a result of Kokehime's rescue, she became attached to him.

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* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'': In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Guts is attacked by burning wheel monsters at some point, but they're easily dispatched.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'': One of Enma Ai's servants is a Wanyuudou (name's
the anime, one of the listed sub-species for Cyclops/Monoeye is One-Eyed Monk, what is basically just a Monoeye who converted same). He can turn into Buddhism.
* In ''Manga/NuraRiseOfTheYokaiClan'', Hitotsume Nyuudou
a whole cart to serve as Ai's transportation to her targets. His human form is an old man with a member of [[NiceHat pretty sweet hat]].
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': The phantom beast Tonyuudo is based on this creature. Like most things in Toriko's universe,
the Nura Clan Tonyuudo's tears are edible and the chairman made of the One-Eyed Demon Clan. Four hundred years ago, he was part of Nurarihyon's Hyakki Yakkou and as a result of Kokehime's rescue, she became attached to him.
exquisite soy milk.



* ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger: The Movie'' featured two Hitotsume Nyuudou brothers (referred in the movie by their alternate name Hitotsume Kozou) as secondary antagonists. Their boss and the film's main villain was another type of Nyuudou called Onnyudou.

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* ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger: The Movie'' featured two Hitotsume Nyuudou brothers (referred in the movie by their alternate name Hitotsume Kozou) ''Film/ShurikenSentaiNinningerVsTokkyugerNinjasInWonderland'': A Wanyuudou serves as secondary antagonists. Their boss and the film's main villain was another type of Nyuudou called Onnyudou.
secondary villain.



* ''VideoGame/{{Nioh}}'' has Nyuudo as huge, hard-hitting enemies with round eyes and long, lolling tongues they can use to whip the player. They are something of a MiniBoss. Their cyclopic one-eyed variants also appear, and they can be weakened by slashing their eye.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Though only identified as a "Nyuudou"[[note]]Cumulonimbus clouds are called "Nyuudou" in Japanese; Unzan is able to change size and shape due to being composed of clouds and his name means "Clouded Mountain" or "Mountain of Clouds".[[/note]], Unzan used to be the road-roaming, size-shifting and decapitating kind of nyuudou before Kumoi Ichirin [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeated him]]. These days he acts much like a GuardianEntity to her and his {{Megaton Punch}}es and RapidFireFisticuffs are a popular source of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' references within the fandom. It's also explained the reason why nyuudou grows taller when seen is because they're just really shy.

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* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'': Soultaker, the boss of Yokai Isle's Bamboo Forest, is a wanyuudou.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': Several of these appear under different names as enemies in the series.
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'': Wanyudo is Momohime's second boss.
* ''VideoGame/MysticalFighter'': The boss of Stage 3 is a wanyuudou.
''VideoGame/{{Nioh}}'' has Nyuudo the Wanyuudo as huge, hard-hitting enemies fire-elemental monsters whose deformed heads seemingly grow out of the hub like tumors. They can breath fire as they roll.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' features fire, ice, electric, and wind wheels each
with round eyes a different sensory organ on them, an eye, lips, ear, and long, lolling tongues they can use to whip the player. They are something of a MiniBoss. Their cyclopic one-eyed variants also appear, and they can be weakened by slashing their eye.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Though only identified as a "Nyuudou"[[note]]Cumulonimbus clouds are
nose respectively. The nose is unintuitively called "Nyuudou" in Japanese; Unzan is able to change size and shape due to being composed of clouds and his name means "Clouded Mountain" or "Mountain of Clouds".[[/note]], Unzan used to be the road-roaming, size-shifting and decapitating kind of nyuudou before Kumoi Ichirin [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeated him]]. These days he acts much like a GuardianEntity to her and his {{Megaton Punch}}es and RapidFireFisticuffs are a popular source of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' references within the fandom. It's also explained the reason why nyuudou grows taller when seen is because they're just really shy.Earth Nose.






'''Wanyuudou''': A burning wheel, frequently with a man's/monk's face serving as the hubcaps. This bizarre entity is flies about at night in search of humans to slaughter on sight and kidnap their souls. Often lumped with the Buer from the Literature/ArsGoetia.

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'''Wanyuudou''': A burning wheel, frequently with a man's/monk's face '''Inugami and Okami''': Dog and wolf gods. [[SavageWolves Usually malevolent]], and often found serving as the hubcaps. This bizarre entity is flies about at night in search of humans to slaughter on sight {{Familiar}}s.

The ''okuri-inu''
and kidnap their souls. Often lumped with the Buer ''okuri-okami'' tend more towards NobleWolf, following travellers and protecting them from the Literature/ArsGoetia.

harm. However, [[TheDogBitesBack they have a tendency to attack people who mistreat or offend them]]... or sometimes just those who show too much weakness; as a result, "okuri-okami" has become an idiom referring to stalkers and [[AWolfInSheepsClothing Wolves in Sheep's Clothing]].

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Guts is attacked by burning wheel monsters at some point, but they're easily dispatched.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'': One of Enma Ai's servants is a Wanyuudou (name's the same). He can turn into a whole cart to serve as Ai's transportation to her targets. His human form is an old man with a [[NiceHat pretty sweet hat]].
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': The phantom beast Tonyuudo is based on this creature. Like most things in Toriko's universe, the Tonyuudo's tears are edible and made of exquisite soy milk.

!!Live-Action TV
* ''Film/ShurikenSentaiNinningerVsTokkyugerNinjasInWonderland'': A Wanyuudou serves as the film's secondary villain.

!!Videogames
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'': Soultaker, the boss of Yokai Isle's Bamboo Forest, is a wanyuudou.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': Several of these appear under different names as enemies in the series.
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'': Wanyudo is Momohime's second boss.
* ''VideoGame/MysticalFighter'': The boss of Stage 3 is a wanyuudou.
''VideoGame/{{Nioh}}'' has the Wanyuudo as fire-elemental monsters whose deformed heads seemingly grow out of the hub like tumors. They can breath fire as they roll.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' features fire, ice, electric, and wind wheels each with a different sensory organ on them, an eye, lips, ear, and nose respectively. The nose is unintuitively called the Earth Nose.
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'''Inugami and Okami''': Dog and wolf gods. [[SavageWolves Usually malevolent]], and often found serving as {{Familiar}}s.

The ''okuri-inu'' and ''okuri-okami'' tend more towards NobleWolf, following travellers and protecting them from harm. However, [[TheDogBitesBack they have a tendency to attack people who mistreat or offend them]]... or sometimes just those who show too much weakness; as a result, "okuri-okami" has become an idiom referring to stalkers and [[AWolfInSheepsClothing Wolves in Sheep's Clothing]].

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!!Anime and Manga

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-> ''"I begin this book with the inconclusive story, a mundane modern mystery, because it raises the simple question of how we interpret our world. In particular, how do we explain occurrences that don't easily fit our everyday understandings of the way things work? When we ask who or what turned on the television, we are intimating that there is a living being or animated force interacting with us even though we cannot see it. We may visualize this force as a monster or a spirit or a ghost or a shape-shifting animal. In Japan such a force, and the form it takes, is often called a ''yokai''."''
-->-- ''The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore'' by Michael Foster


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* [[spoiler:Yomi]], a side character from ''VideoGame/AyakashiRomanceReborn''. The game has a variation on the baku's mythology, where if [[spoiler:Yomi]] loses control over his emotions, [[spoiler:PowerIncontinence all the nightmares pour out of him and enter the minds of anyone in the vicinity]]]].

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* [[spoiler:Yomi]], a side character from ''VideoGame/AyakashiRomanceReborn''. The game has a variation on the baku's mythology, where if [[spoiler:Yomi]] loses control over his emotions, [[spoiler:PowerIncontinence [[spoiler:[[PowerIncontinence all the nightmares pour out of him and enter the minds of anyone in the vicinity]]]].

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* [[spoiler:Yomi]], a side character from ''VideoGame/AyakashiRomanceReborn''. The game has a variation on the baku's mythology, where if [[spoiler:Yomi]] loses control over his emotions, [[spoiler:PowerIncontinence all the nightmares pour out of him and enter the minds of anyone in the vicinity]]]].

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* As expected, ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' has had the title character encounter several of these. One story has a Ushi-Oni that's really [[WasOnceAMan a transformed fisherman]], and when Kitaro defeats the beast, he's temporarily cursed by the Ushi-Oni's spirit before returning to normal.


* ''Manga/FlowerKnightDakini:'' Raiju play an important role in the story as they are created specifically to destroy the Golems threatening the world. They do not possess any electricity-related powers, instead the main weapons of their enemies are destructive lasers called Straight Thunders or Mjölnirs.

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* ''Manga/FlowerKnightDakini:'' Raiju Thunder Beasts play an important role in the story as they are created specifically to destroy the Golems threatening the world. They do not possess any electricity-related powers, instead the main weapons of their enemies are destructive lasers called Straight Thunders or Mjölnirs.

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* ''VideoGame/FateGrandorder'': Ushi-Gozen is referenced in regards to Minamoto-no-Raikou, as there are legends of the youkai being the younger brother of Minamoto-no-Yorimitsu. [[spoiler:The twist being that Raikou ''is'' Ushi-Gozen, who exists as a split personality for her that favours her demonic heritage.]]

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