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1[[quoteright:326:[[VideoGame/MOTHER3]]]]²²->''"I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you,\²But I get the feeling that you don't like it.\²What's with all the screaming?\²You like monkeys, you like ponies.\²Maybe you don't like monsters so much.\²Maybe I used too many monkeys.\²Isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?"''²-->-- '''Music/JonathanCoulton''', "Skullcrusher Mountain"²²A common way of making monsters or fantastic creatures is to simply take existing animals and combine their parts. For instance, the Chimera (lion head, goat body, snake tail) or the {{Minotaur}} ([[HornedHumanoid bull head]], human body). Also common is to simply take an existing animal and vary it a simple way -- {{Pegasus}} is a horse but with wings, hippocampi have the heads and front bodies of horses but the tails of fish, etc.²²Compare FusionDance and TwoBeingsOneBody, which is when two characters are combined. ShapeshifterMashup usually results in this. Mix-and-Match Critters may be the result of HotSkittyOnWailordAction. If both creatures are already mythological/magical/whatever and get mixed, they have a newborn HybridMonster and if mundane they can end up with a {{Patchwork Kid|s}}. Application of the principle to humans may count as BioAugmentation, see also MixAndMatchMan.²²!Sub Tropes Include²[[index]]²* BasiliskAndCockatrice -- bird/snake mix²* BeastMan -- human/animal mix (see that page for its own numerous subtropes.)²* BigRedDevil -- generally has human, goat and bat features²* ColdBloodedWhatever -- amphibian/reptile/fish mix²* DraconicHumanoid -- human/dragon mix²* FaunsAndSatyrs -- human/goat mix²* FeatheredDragons -- bird/reptile mix²* FeatheredSerpent -- bird/snake mix²* HarpingOnAboutHarpies -- human/bird mix²* HeinzHybrid -- when this is mostly an InformedAttribute.²* {{Hippogriff}} -- horse with wings and bird head.²* {{Jackalope}} -- hare or rabbit with the antlers of a deer.²* TheJerseyDevil -- goat/dragon mix²* {{Kirin}} -- dragon/deer/horse/ox mix²* [[ALoadOfBull Minotaur]] -- bull-headed human²* TheMothman -- human/moth mix²* OurCentaursAreDifferent -- human/horse mix²* OurDragonsAreDifferent -- reptile with bat wings (western dragons) or generally a lion/snake mix (eastern dragons).²* OurGryphonsAreDifferent -- lion/bird mix²* OurManticoresAreSpinier -- human/lion/scorpion and/or bat mix²* OurMermaidsAreDifferent -- human/fish mix²* OurPerytonsAreDifferent -- deer/bird mix²* {{Pegasus}} -- horse with bird wings²* {{Planimal}} -- plant/animal mix²* ScorpionPeople -- human/scorpion mix²* SnakePeople -- human/snake mix²* SpiderPeople -- human/spider mix²* WingedUnicorn -- unicorn/pegasus mix (or alternatively a unicorn with bird wings)²[[/index]]²²----²!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* "[[ Puppymonkeybaby]]. Puppymonkeybaby. Puppy, monkey, baby." The Super Bowl ad [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain for Mountain Dew Kickstart]] featured a singing and dancing creature with the head of a pug, the body and tail of a monkey, and the diapered bottom and legs of a human baby. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* The world of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is populated with creatures ranging from the apparently delicious Molepig, to the truly bizarre [[ Grapehippo]]. The Grapehippo is the director's favorite character.²* The Chimera Ants in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' are like this, as the queen can spawn soldier/grunts with traits from any creature she has consumed. And by the end of the arc, she has consumed pretty much an entire country's worth of animal life, and it's almost impossible to tell just how much of what creature went into her final creations. [[FromBadToWorse Including humans, and with it their Nen potential]]. There are also naturally-occurring fox-bears and spider-eagles.²* ''Manga/OnePiece'':²** In an early episode, Luffy and his crew stumble upon an island full of creatures like this, including a fox with a coxcomb and rooster's tail, a pig with a lion's mane, and a snake with rabbit ears.²** Also, some of the undead creatures sewn up by Dr. Hogback during the Thriller Bark arc. One example is the one to whom Sanji's shadow was transferred: a penguin with the head of a dog.²** Even in less extreme situations, Mix and Match Critters are fairly common, at least in appearance, in One Piece. i.e., the Panshark (shark with panda markings), and bananawani (a large crocodile with a banana shaped growth on the head). It even becomes a RunningGag that Luffy will call these creatures the name of the animal or thing they look least like (that is, pandas and bananas.)²* In ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' it's possible to mix souls of humans and animals to create chimeras. Said chimeras will have physical features of both creatures used to make them.²* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':²** Zentradi on ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' farm Hippocows.²** In ''Anime/MacrossDelta'', Ragnan mercats are a mix between seals and, well, cats.²* A lot of the fauna in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' consists of this.²* ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' presents Guitar, an anthropomorphic dog that, almost like a centaur, is a deer from the waist down. As in, ''an entire deer'', four legs, ''head'', and tail, is connected to his waist. Hamel, being either unusually obtuse or merely [[{{Jerkass}} true to form]], misunderstood the head peeking out from Guitar's "groin" as something else entirely, to Guitar's annoyance and Flute's embarrassment. Worse, when he suggested that Guitar wear pants, the image of the enormous BULGE (caused by the deer's head) under the warrior's waist horrified Flute.²* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''²** The Three-Tailed Beast is a cross between a turtle and a prawn (most noticeably its tails), while the Eight-Tailed is a giant bull with octopus tentacles for "tails" and large humanoid arms. We see in an artbook that the Five-Tails is a dolphin-horse.²** [[spoiler:Manda 2, a modified clone of [[{{Kaiju}} Manda]] made by Kabuto]] is a combination of several different kinds of snakes: a pit viper's head, cobra's hood, and a rattlesnake's tail. It also has eagle-like claws, much the same as the traditional Eastern dragon.²* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has chimeras, which are regular animals alchemically combined. And sometimes they {{talk|ing animal}}. The disturbing part about this is that a talking chimera requires fusing a ''human'' with an animal.²* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Dio Brando loves to make creatures zombies and then fusing their parts.²* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'':²** Chimairamon is based on the mythical chimera, and it shows. Several other species fall under this on a less extreme scale, with other obvious ones generally the product of a FusionDance.²** [[OurMonstersAreWeird Ikkakumon]] is a particularly odd example, being a mash-up of various arctic animals (Polar Bear, Walrus, and Narwhal).²* All the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series and spinoffs contain Ryo-Ohki, a cat-rabbit hybrid, often referred to as a "cabbit". ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' also contains a second cabbit, named Fuku. ''[[AlternateUniverse Tenchi Universe]]'' has Ken-Ohki, a male cabbit who ends up as Ryo-Ohki's boyfriend.²* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Jusenkyo has a spring called "Niuhomanmaolenniichuan" ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or variations thereof]]), which translates as "Spring of Drowned Yeti Riding Ox While Carrying Crane And Eel" and is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Anyone who falls into this spring gains an [[OneWingedAngel alternate form]] that is considered exceptionally formidable. In essence, it's a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant]] minotaur (legs and head of an ox, body and arms of a yeti) with an eel growing from its spine to form a tail and a tiny set of crane wings sprouting from its shoulders. It's [[SuperStrength inhumanly strong]], [[FasterThanTheyLook surprisingly quick]], [[SuperToughness massively tough]], and capable of {{flight}}. Needless to say, the one character who has this spring considers himself CursedWithAwesome and has no desire to remove it. In fact, possibly because this form was created by such a mixed up spring, he later manages to assimilate a Spring of Drowned Octopus curse, giving himself CombatTentacles and the ability to spray ink from his fingers. ([[FridgeLogic Though it still begs the question of how these springs can exist, considering the inherent difficulty in drowning an octopus and/or an eel]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Freshwater spring, saltwater sealife]]. Which still begs the question of how an octopus got there in the first place.²* Plenty of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'''s Apostles and other monsters can be described as these, ranging from Zodd (Bull/tiger/ape) to the ogres (giant humanoids with sperm whale snouts and elephant tusks) to the trolls (Rat/monkey/pig). Then there's the Pisacha, they look like those sea monsters from old sea maps, with elephant trunks, made by mutating a whale. There also happened to be a kelpie (mythological water horses known for luring and drowning their victims) that looked like a cross between a horse and a toad --²* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' is practically MADE of this trope; most of the [[AirborneMook low-level demons]] are serpents or arthropods.²* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', ''Anime/BeastWarsII'', and ''Anime/BeastWarsNeo'' features several mix/hybrid critters as alt-modes.²* ''Anime/AgnisPhilosophy'' features a hyena-porcupine cross with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.²* ''Manga/AnimalLand'' has distorted mix and match animal abominations that contrast the normal animal characters. These things are fittingly called Chimeras.²* ''Dochamon Junior'' has Okutowing, a bird who has octopus tentacles as his wings.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Art]]²* The demons in Creator/{{Michelangelo}}'s ''The Torment of St. Anthony'' are a bunch of chaotic, humanoid hybrids with weird traits fish scales, primate arms, elephant trunks, and porcupine spikes spread among them. The most common trait is their [[GoodWingsEvilWings traditionally demonic bat wings]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Asian Animation]]²* In episode 17 of ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'', Wolffy the wolf gives himself the wings of an owl in one of his attempts to catch the goats.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* Creator/ImageComics:²** In ''Comicbook/TheAutumnlandsToothAndClaw'' There are birds with human-like hands in place of their feet for some as yet unknown reason.²** In ''ComicBook/ShamansTears'', Thom Broadarrow is exposed to the Circle Sea mutagenic compound and is transformed into a composite of a dozen different creatures found in his taxidermy shop.²* Franchise/TheDCU:²** B'wana Beast's power is to ''make'' these from two animals.²** Ultraa, the Multi-Alien. Four alien races have rayguns designed to [[YouWillBeAssimilated turn unsuspecting people into members of their race]]. Ultraa gets hit by all four at once.²** Five words: [[ The Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man.]] Technically, he was a ridiculously overpowered [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Shapeshifter]]. [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs Who liked turning into mix-and-match critters. A LOT.]]²** In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' Lagoon Boy shows up with a new pet that looks like a giant sharp-toothed fish with tentacles and a crustacean like armor on its back that merges into a lobster tail, and evidently the females of the species are ''much'' larger and less friendly than the males.²** Franchise/WonderWoman has fought the "Tigapes of Neptuna", which are essentially tigers with slightly more finger-like digits on their front paws and ape-like faces and ears.²** ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'' has Crux's mutated form, which is both bat-like and reptilian.²* Franchise/MarvelComics:²** The Night/Clone-Creature in ''Comicbook/TheFrankensteinMonster'' is created from two dozen different animal [=DNAs=], with the boar and alligator parts being most prominent in its actual appearance.²** Gog n'Magog (or "Pup" as Longshot calls him) from the original ''ComicBook/{{Longshot}}'' miniseries starts the story as something best described as a clawed monkey/bear hybrid with a beard and a mohawk. He keeps absorbing Earth's magic during the story, thus mutating from issue to issue. He ends up with a reptilian tail and stegosaurus plates on his back.²* Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}, from ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' and [[ComicBook/{{Marsupilami}} the eponymous title]], are vaguely monkey-like creatures, oviparous but with a belly button, with a leopard coat and the occasional melanistic individual.²* If BearsAreBadNews and EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks, then it's hard to imagine just [[UpToEleven how appalling]] things are with [[ Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark]]!²* [[,_Volume_II#Issue_6:_.22You_Should_See_Me_Dance_the_Polka...22: H-142]] from ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.²* ''ComicBook/DungeonTwilight'': Due to AllSpeciesAreSexuallyCompatible the children of the duck protagonist are cats with beaks.²* ''ComicBook/{{Hilda}}'' has the titular protagonist's pet companion Twig, who is said to be a "deer-fox", a creature that's basically fox-like, but with antlers and hooves.²* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': A chimera accompanies the Minotaur and Echidna when they attack Diana and Hippolyta at the edge of the cyclops cave. It only has two heads, a loin head at one end and snake head at the other, rather than the three attributed to it in myth.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* ScriptFic ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''' [[GetBackToTheFuture "Time Terror"]] shows Sherman, stranded in [[{{Zeerust}} the future]], forced to become one of these in order to sell... something.²* Randall in ''Fanfic/AngelasPetMonster'' is believed to be a "Lizog" (a lizard-dog hybrid) by most of the humans. [[spoiler:Played straight when Randall has puppies with Lucille.]]²* In ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'', these are some of the forms taken by the Dispirations.²* SpinOffspring works of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is full of pony hybrids thanks to Spike and Discord being [[LauncherOfAThousandShips very shippable]]. Discord hybrids tend to look like full draconequus' though, as Discord is already a mix-and-match critter. Take, for example, Sianstaar's [[ Spike and Rarity child]] or kilalaaa's [[ Spike/Rarity]] [[ love-children]]. ²* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' shows Discord isn't the only Draconequus, with his brothers and sisters likewise being mixes of different creatures, though their parents aren't. Fluttercruel, Discord's demi-goddess [[ChildByRape daughter born]] via his MindRape of Fluttershy, isn't as well, presumably due to her nature. [[spoiler:She now is after the Rumors Arc, which saw her having to metamorphosis to save her mother from the Rumors.]]²* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has ''[=MissingNo=]'' of all things. In its first appearance, it takes on the form of a HybridMonster with Origin Giratina's body, Palkia's arms and Dialga's head, with each body part colored differently from the regular ones.²* ''In Teen Titans: Together for Tomorrow'', Conner adopts Cobalt, an alien "[[CallASmeerpARabbit dog]]" that looks like a white and blue wolf with a lion's mane and tail, long horse's ears, and a crystal growth on his snout shaped like a rhino's horns.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animated]]²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' was made part wolf for his character arc. The real Balto was a pure Siberian husky.²* The Beast in Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has the mane of a lion, the beard and head of a buffalo, the brows of a gorilla, the eyes of a human, the tusks of a wild boar, the body of a bear, and the hind legs and tail of a wolf. WordOfGod is that he has the butt of a mandrill, but that can't be seen due to his pants.²* The ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' movies have the children of [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction Donkey and the Dragon]], the "Dronkeys". Donkey even lampshades their appearance. "Look at our adorable mutant babies!"²* One of Flint's failed inventions on ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' is the pigeonrat.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}'' (the animated movie) has [[spoiler:Mr. Whiskers fused with a bat]] near the end.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'' is loaded with prehistoric animals that look like tiny elephant/mice, small wolf/crocodiles, large ostrich/rams, giant mammoth/rabbits, birds that look like turtles, a saber-toothed tiger with a parrot's colors, and (of course) a bear with the face of an owl. There's also an animal that looks like a gourd but has a load of sharp teeth.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'': The Boggan {{Mooks}} look like a cross between frogs and sharks. Mandrake and his son, however, look more cat- and human- like.²* Uni-Kitty of ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', who's a unicorn and a cat.²* Bing-Bong, Riley's imaginary friend in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is an elephant/cat hybrid made of cotton candy and can squeal like a dolphin.²* ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' has [[spoiler:the mutated penguins. In particular Skipper has a lobster claw, Kowalski has an afro, octopus tentacles and chicken feet, and Rico has dragon wings]]. ²* [[BigBad The Moon King]] from ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'' turns into a monster at the climax and looks like a mix of an Eastern dragon and a koi carp fish with arthropod-like legs.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* The wonderful Bat-Rat-Spider-Crab-Monkey creature in ''Film/TheAngryRedPlanet'', which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.²* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} was created by combining the general body plan of a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' ([[ScienceMarchesOn as it was believed to look at the time, at least]]), the dorsal plates of a ''Stegosaurus'', and the long prehensile arms of an ''Iguanadon''. ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' also gave him sauropod-like feet and gills.²** ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' also features the Mutos, Godzilla's opponents, which critics have most commonly characterized as a mix between a preying mantis and a pterosaur.²** The sequel, ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019'' depicts Mothra as resembling a wasp crossed with a mantis, with wings reminescent of a Monarch Butterfly and white fur like her original moth inspiration. She also seems to have a serrated bird-like beak that opens vertically (as opposed to horizontally like the old Toho version) and digitigrade, avian-looking hind legs.²** Several other Titans appear in minor roles in this film, also being Mix-and-Match Critters as well, namely:²*** Scylla, a desert-dwelling arthropod combining features of spiders and crustaceans, while having a tentacled, cephalopod-like head²*** Behemoth, a brown-furred mammalian beast resembling a giant ground sloth, but with bony protrubances on its back, a pair of mammoth-like tusks, and a knuckle-walking stance like a gorilla²*** Methuselah, a MonsterShapedMountain that resembles a tortoise, but with a tyrannosaur-like head and a pair of downward-curved bull-like horns²* In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', Kermit and Fozzie play twin brother reporters. Their boss has a photograph of him and their father, in which the latter is depicted as a green bear with Kermit's goggley eyes and neck-ruff.²* In ''Film/HouseIITheSecondStory'', we have Bippy, the dog with a caterpillar body that was found in the Triassic period.²* ''Film/JurassicWorld'':²** The ''Indominus rex'' is a man-made [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically engineered hybrid]] composed of various different dinosaur species, designed to be a new attraction for the park. She is a ''T. rex'' primarily, but has genetic code from cuttlefish ([[spoiler:making her capable of camouflaging her skin]]), tropical frogs ([[spoiler:making her capable of camouflaging her heat signature]]), and [[spoiler:''Velociraptors'']] ([[spoiler:making her capable of communicating with actual ''Velociraptors'']]). The truly scary thing is it's implied there's also a bit of [[spoiler:human]] [=DNA=] in there -- when was the last time you saw a dinosaur with [[spoiler:four fingers and opposable thumbs]]?²** Dr. Wu also points out in ''World'' that Jurassic Park has been doing this ever since the beginning: even their "normal" dinosaurs have gaps in the genome filled in with the DNA of amphibians, reptiles, or birds. They have never, in the history of the park, produced a "pure" dinosaur.²** ''JW: Fallen Kingdom'' has the ''Indoraptor'', which is allegedly a combination of the Indominus rex and Velociraptor (nevermind that the I. rex itself was already part raptor). Worryingly, this creature shows even more ''human-like traits'' than its predecessor, notably a heightened intelligence, a sense of humor, and a capacity for genuine sadistic malice...²* In the monster movie ''Film/KingCobra1999'', scientists combine the genes of an African king cobra and an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, creating an ''extremely'' venomous giant cobra with a rattlesnake's tail.²* Davy Jones's fishy crew in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.²** To give you more idea, it starts with Davy Jones himelf who is has an octopus for a head with tentacles for a beard. His arm and leg, are that of the crab. Except for his head, his entire body and clothes, are covered in barnacles, moss, and algae.²** His first mate, Maccus who has a hammer-head shark for a head, and a lobster on his back.²** Quittance, has seaweed for hair and anemone for a mouth. His arms are that of the starfish. He also has an eel sticking out of his chest.²* ''Film/QTheWingedSerpent'' has the head of a vulture, feathered wings, a snake-like tail, and four limbs sort of like an iguana. On top of that, Q is meant to be the dragon-god Quetzelcoatl... and doesn't really look like him either.²* ''Film/{{Sharktopus}}''! Heck, Sci-Fi Channel original movies tend to run on these, to the point where there almost appears to be a competition as to which movie features the most ludicrous monster. (Mansquito, Sharkodile, ad infinitum.) Not that exploitation-flicks that use this trope are anything new, as per ''Film/{{Sharktopus}}'''s precursor from the '80s, ''Film/DevilFish''.²* Romero's animals in ''Film/SpyKids2IslandOfLostDreams''. Of course, most of the "Zoo Too" creatures being referred to have names already associated with existing animals, such as [[HurricaneOfPuns the tiger-shark, sheep-dog, horse-fly, cat-fish, bull-frog and the plot-important]] [[spoiler:spider-monkey]]. And these were created by ''accident''. Whatever you say, Romero. Though there's also the rather ornery slizards, and flying pigs.²* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has a few:²** Most notably Hutts, who are slugs with small arms. Also, Toydarians, who look like giant mosquitos... sort of. And Jar Jar is a frog with eyestalks. ²** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' introduces BB-8, an astromech droid who's a cross between R2-D2 and a soccer ball.²* The Thing from Creator/JohnCarpenter's film [[Film/TheThing1982 of the same name]] is this plus the TheAssimilator and YouAreWhoYouEat. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* The Mock Turtle in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' is supposed to be "the thing Mock Turtle Soup is made from." In RealLife, that would be a calf's head, so Tenniel's illustration gave the Mock Turtle one, with hooves and tail to match, placed on the body of a turtle.²* Creator/PiersAnthony has quite a lot of these. In his ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series, he uses classical mythology. His Dragon's Gold books feature multiple hybrids.²** And, of course, who can forget ''Literature/{{Xanth}}''. Aside from "ordinary" creatures like centaurs or harpies, there are also things like flying centaurs, half-demon anything, winged mermaids, and mer-nagas. If all that is not enough for you, how about a half-''car'', half-harpy?²** In another Creator/PiersAnthony book every animal in an AlternateUniverse is one of these except dragons and possibly froogs. This leads to things such as bearvers and meer.²* Some of the Remade from Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/BasLagCycle'' are this trope, sentenced by the New Crobuzon courts to have parts of animals, or occasionally of human cadavers, magically incorporated into their bodies as a punishment. Occasionally someone has similar modifications done voluntarily, to acquire useful features such as functional gills. [[Literature/PerdidoStreetStation Mr. Motley]] is an extreme {{Mix and Match Critter|s}}, incorporating so many mismatched limbs, eyes, mouths, and miscellaneous appendages into the same freakish body that, when Lin is hired to sculpt a statue of him, she can scarcely imagine how anyone could possibly begin such a task.²* The "peryton" is a half-bird, [[OneGenderRace half-stag]] deer hybrid. It is not an actual mythological creature as it [[NewerThanTheyThink was created for the 1957 book]] ''Book of Imaginary Beings'' by Creator/JorgeLuisBorges, though it is often mistaken for one. They're either depicted as deer with wings or the fronts of a deer but the backsides, wings, and colours of a bird. To top it off, it casts a human shadow for it was [[TheShadowKnows a human soul trapped inside a monstrous body]].²* Some of the insects in the ''Bugs in a Box'' series pop-up books by David A. Carter appear to be either vertebrate animals, plants, or inanimate objects with insect body parts.²* The ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' book "The Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo-Toilet 2000" ends with the hatching of hamsterdactyls, the offspring of a bionic hamster and a time-traveling pterodactyl.²%%* The book ''Catbirds and Dogfish'' actually featured these as {{Visual Pun}}s.²* Although the main character of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfProfessorJackBaling'' initially assumes the insect/shrimp creature at the end of the second episode is the combination of several different animals, it’s actually just a modified mantis shrimp [[ ]]. Although, the name makes it clear that they do resemble a combination of those two animals.²* ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'': What do you call a giant creature with bat wings and a squid's face with tentacles and batrachian eyes?²* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' had several: Billy-bumblers combined traits of a raccoon, a badger, and a dog. Taheen looked like humans with the heads of birds. The Low Men looked like humans with rodent-like heads -- they usually wore masks and tried to pass as humans.²** It's also unclear if the billy-bumbler is an actual Mix-and-Match Critter, as opposed to a fictional animal that happens to share a few traits with those RealLife animals.²* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'', the demon-god Quetzovercoatl is described as "half-man, half-chicken, half-jaguar, half-serpent, half-scorpion and half-mad".²** Making for "a wossname total of three homicidal maniacs."²** Discworld also has the chimera in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}''. Unlike the Greek version, the Disc's chimera has the legs of a mermaid, the hair of a tortoise, the teeth of a fowl and the wings of a snake. It's similar to the Greek chimera in having the breath of a furnace, and the temperament of a rubber balloon in a hurricane.²** From ''Going Postal'': It was said that there was one horse in Ankh-Morpork that had a longitudinal seam from head to tail, being sewn together from what was left of two horses that had been involved in a particularly nasty accident.²** And in ''The New Discworld Companion'', it's mentioned that many of the animals kept at the College of Heralds are descended from previous generations of heraldic models, who'd gotten rather friendly with one another. And it shows.²* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Geryon is described as a devil with the face of a honest man, the body of a multicolored serpent, hairy wings, and a scorpion's stinger.²* On ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'', the doctor has spent a long time inserting human genes into animal subjects, a few of which the viewpoint character gets to see -- a capybara with human lips and back legs, piglets with hands, an octopus with a monkeylike head, parrots with patches of human skin and floppy boneless bits of hands, bats with human legs, deer with weird heads, a jungle cat whose brain changed which howls. His assistant says the changes can be "random".²* Literature/TheDraka's ghouloons, who are constructed from the genes of a baboon, a dog, and a human. They are actually sentient, and used as CannonFodder. To some extent, the [[SuperiorSpecies post-human]] ''Homo Drakensis'' race itself qualifies, as the Draka used traces of feline DNA to increase muscle strength and sense acuity.²* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' has the Bene Tleilaxu's Sligs -- slugs and pigs genetically mashed together. Apparently it makes the meat tender and succulent.²** ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune'' also has Futars, part human and part cat, that are a threat to the Honored Matres.²* ''Literature/{{Eclipse}}'' has this as the Zoans' schtick. Two of the more notable examples include a creature with the head of an ox and spider-like hands. Escou Draldoch, the most prominent Zoan, is a bipedal velociraptor with grasshopper legs and a crocodile snout. Apparently, they seem to be fairly common in the southeastern part of the world.²* The second story of ''Literature/GorgoTheOgre'' features bat-frogs (large frogs with the wings and upside-down sleeping posture of bats) used as mounts for the Black Ogres.²* The Creator/DrSeuss book ''Horton Hatches the Egg'' ends with the egg [[Literature/HortonHearsAWho Horton the Elephant]] was taking care of [[WhaleEgg hatching into a tiny elephant with wings]].²* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': As a consequence of evolution, and the Capitol's experiments on animals, many of the plants and animals in Panem are hybrids. These include grooslings (goose and grouse), mockingjays (mockingbirds and the jabberjays, themselves muttations), nightlock (nightshade and hemlock), and possibly morphling.²* ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' had a few mix-and-match characters, most prominently M'ling, a bear/dog/ox combo, and a hyena/swine man.²* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': It's common to see monster breeds that are a mixture of different animal parts because mana mutation is partially a random process. Kallen's true form, for instance, is a chimera whose main body is tall and walks upright like a primate, but it has three different heads and necks (dragon, goat, and lion), a snake for a tail, and claws at the end of its arms.²* In one of Kipling's ''Literature/JustSoStories'', the armadillo is a product of this trope, having been created when a hedgehog and a tortoise swapped defensive strategies with one another. The tortoise learned to curl into a ball, the hedgehog acquired armor plates, and the jaguar's mother re-named the resulting mix-and-match.²* In ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'', something like half the countries in Europe rely on these for the vast majority of their technology.²* The manglers in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' are hybrids of a dozen creatures, both [[OurMonstersAreDifferent darklings]] and regular animals. We know for sure that there's a werewolf, ghoul and regular wolf in their genes, and their creator says she put much more in there.²* ''Literature/MaximumRide'': The main characters are six kids with wings and were all created by lab experiments and claim to be only 2% bird. All of the members of the "Flock" also have powers not related to birds at all, with the possible exception of Max with her super speed. Apparently she's part falcon.²%%** Even if you don't count the human/avian and human/lupine hybrids, there are still the Krelp. Not to mention some... ''interesting'' creatures given rather more detail in the "manga" version.²* In ''Literature/{{Mirabile}}'', the protagonist's job is dealing with a variety of chimeric creatures created by genetic engineers with more enthusiasm than common sense. Featured mixes include the odder (otter and [[spoiler:moose]]), the kangaroo rex (kangaroo and [[spoiler:thylacine]]), and the frankenswine (wild boar and mole, erupts out of the ground to snag its prey); there are also incidental mentions of others include the nowlet (newt and owl).²* Creator/MichaelMoorcock got into the act too. His Elric of Melniboné stories included the clakar (winged apes), Dharzi hunting dogs (half dog, half bird), myyrrhn (a winged HalfHumanHybrid) and vulture lions (vulture head, lion body). Literature/TheElricSaga also introduces the Armies of Chaos. Its mooks might have ''begun'' as human but as Chaos transforms them, they degenerate into monstrous part-human part-animal hybrids according to their natures. [[note]]this is reflected in the ''Hawkmoon'' series where the evil army of GranBretan, the local Chaos-Army, does not physically transform -- but chooses to wear animal or bird masks/helmets according to their Legion affiliations.[[/note]]²* Glatisaunt the Questing Beast, as described by Sir Thomas Malory in ''Literature/LeMorteDArthur'': "The questing beast had in shape and head like a serpent’s head, and a body like a libard, buttocks like a lion, and footed like a hart; and in his body there was such a noise as it had been the noise of thirty couple of hounds questing." (Also quoted by T.H. White in ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing''.)²* Most of the animals on Skeeve's home dimension of Klah, from the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series, appear to be this trope, at least to judge by their names (e.g. 'spider-bear').²* Literature/OlogySeries: There are plenty of these in ''Monsterology''. Chimeras are lions with additional goat and snake heads and dragons' tails; nues are a Japanese relative of chimeras with catlike bodies, monkey faces and snakes for tails; [[{{Youkai}} bakus]] are tapir/elephant crosses with tiger paws; manticores have lion bodies, human heads and scorpion tails; [[OurGryphonsAreDifferent griffins and hippogriffs]], as per usual, have eagle-like front halves and lion- or horse-like, respectively, hindquarters.²* In ''Literature/OnFairyStories'', Creator/JRRTolkien cited this as the first stage in original monsters -- though raising the spectre of muddy and confusing HeinzHybrid.²* ''Literature/OryxAndCrake'' has quite a few including wolvogs (genetically modified wolf/dogs designed for home defense), the spoat/gider (a goat with spider genes, used for the production of high-strength fiber), and the snat, described as "an unfortunate combination of snake and rat" (apparently both lethal and testy).²* In ''[[Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy Out of the Silent Planet]]'', Malacandra has fauna that resembles a mix of Earth-like animals, including an amphibious, long-legged, and seal-skinned herbivore with teeth like a beaver.²* In the ''Literature/ParadoxUniverse'' many Pelted species have more than just humans and one other species in their ancestry:²** Naysha combined the sturdiness of wolves with the delicacy of foxes, the strength of orcas and the agility and intelligence of dolphins. As well as a number of other deep-sea denizens and coral fishes for color.²** Seersa look mostly like anthropomorphic foxes with feline coat patterns (jaguar rosettes for instance).²** Aera have the DNA of foxes, mongooses, big cats, humans, and deer, they mostly look feline except for the tiny wings on their ankles.²** [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Ciracaana]] have cat-like lower bodies and canine upper bodies.²** Glaseah look mostly like skunk-taurs with a pair of bat wings and outer ears composed of feathers.²* Apollyon in ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'':²-->''"Now the Monster was hideous to behold: he was cloathed with scales like a Fish (and they are his pride); he had wings like a Dragon, feet like a Bear, and out of his belly came Fire and Smoak; and his mouth was as the mouth of a Lion."''²* In ''Literature/RaiseSomeHell'' any of the demons appear like this, an example being Dr. Lovelady's demon Andromalius, who has the appearance of "half-man and half-snake".²%%* The Wearets in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''. Half weasel, half ferret, all AxCrazy.²* The children's book ''[[ Scranimals]]'' is about an island filled with these. Some are straight-up animal-animal combinations, but the majority are half-animal, half-fruit (or half-vegetable). Examples include the broccolion, the radishark, the ''orange''utan, and the ostricheetah.²* In Mary Stanton's novels, Anor, a demon in horse mythology, is a red horse with feline eyes, claws, and fangs, and an appetite for red meat.²* ''Literature/ThisImmortal'':²** Spiderbats, imported from offplanet, are exactly that: a mix of spiders and bats, [[GiantFlyer able to fly and grow big enough to carry a grown man]].²** The boadile is a mix of boa and crocodile, although there's some debate over which scientific cathegory they belong into or how many legs they have.²* The ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' books have Chimeras, which are creatures of varying description made by {{Mad Scientist}}s.²* ''Literature/TrueHistory'' (from around 170 AD) mentions "horse-vultures" among the armies of the Moon King.²%%* Creator/GraemeBase's ''Truck Dogs'' features dogs with vehicle body parts.²* In ''Literature/VenissUnderground'', it's mentioned that Quin has used genetic engineering to produce creations such as beetleworms, eelgoats, and camelapes.²* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' has Taura, a genetically engineered remnant of a SuperSoldier project, with horse genes somewhere in there ([[LegoGenetics among others]]). She's friendly, cheerful and her favourite colour is [[PinkGirlBlueBoy pink]], but she's also eight feet tall and looks quite a lot like a werewolf. People tend to misjudge her on these grounds.²* Creator/JackChalker's ''Literature/WellWorld'' is filled to the brim with semi-mythological mix-and-match critters, justified as the result of lazy alien species designers cribbing each other's work. Meanwhile, the mix-and-match critters from mythology are justified as legends and "racial memories" stemming from our own species' creation on the Well World.²* Othello Bach's ''Whoever Heard of a Fird?'' has the title character, Fird, who is a fird (part fish, part bird). Aside from Snyder Spider and the Boogie Monsters, the rest of the cast is entirely two-feature creatures: dickens (part dog, part chickens), hyenant (hyena/ant), woose (worm/goose), shamels (sheep/camel) dryders (dragon/spider), the Blizard (bird/lizard), burtles (bear/turtle), Ms. Girouse (giraffe/mouse), the snoose (snake/mongoose), and, finally, [[spoiler:bishes (part bird, part fish)]]. There's also talk of a snog (snail/hog), and the sequel includes a snig (snail/pig). Oh, and almost the entire cast exercises a healthy ArbitrarySkepticism, seeing as they're convinced that there's no such thing as a fird.²** There was also a very short-lived line of stuffed toys by Remco based upon these characters, which identified these hybrid creatures as "Firffels". Coincidentally -- or not -- they arrived around the same time the Wuzzles toy line was launched ([[ this blog post]] has a few pictures and was written by someone who [[AdaptationDisplacement had no idea]] they were based on a book).²* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' and [[Literature/LandOfOz its sequels]] had such creatures as the Winged Monkeys, the Kalidahs (part tiger, part bear) and the Li-Mon-Eags (lion, monkey, and eagle, with donkey tails). Not to mention the Gump (made from two couches, some palm fronds, a broom, and a taxidermed stag head).²* The picture book ''Who's Zoo?'' by Conrad Aitken, illustrated by John Vernon Lord, features such creatures as the elephantelope, the rhinostrich and the jerboa-constrictor.²* ''The Wingdingdilly'', which is about a dog that was turned into a chimera as a result of a magic spell cast upon him by a witch.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Twilight's form in our dimension is a winged lion. The design team refers to this as a "gryphon", although that's not quite accurate, as a gryphon has an eagle's head.²* Alluded to on ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'': Marco thinks bees are "like flying death monkeys".²* ''Series/DoctorWho'': {{Discussed}} in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon "Aliens of London"]], with the Doctor comparing a pig that was implanted with alien technology to serve as a decoy alien to "mermaids" made by Victorian sailors by stitching cat heads to fish.²* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'': While searching through the titular company of the "[=DrugCo=]" episode, the gang come across a monkey and hippo hybrid dubbed a Monkapotamus. ²* ''Series/FaceOff'', a makeup design competition, had this as a challenge on the Season 7 episode "Animal Attraction". The designers had to make a mix-and-match critter of their choice.²* ''Series/KrattsCreatures'' has Ttark, an [[RogerRabbitEffect animated creature]] who is a combination of a mammal, a reptile, and a bird.²* ''Series/MechX4'' has the titular robot face off against giant monsters, all of which are fusions of existing animal DNA, such as gibbon and crab, or snake and squid.²* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' has featured a hippogriph. This one didn't appear though.²-->'''Arthur''': It is said to have the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle and [[BlatantLies the... face of a... bear]].²** Also, since monsters in ''Merlin'' tend to be creatures from medieval heraldry or Arthurian legends, Mix-and-Match Critters appear at least twice a season.²* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has had a few, since because of the rubber suit, all of them have to be humanoid. Most notable is one in the first season, right after Tommy joined, that was part turtle and part...''traffic light''?²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* Music/ProfessorElemental's song [[ Animal Magic]] revolves around him describing his mix and match animal experiments.²-->''No, my Chimpangoat's not the prettiest of creatures\²My Donkeypede has the silliest of features\²My lobsterroos don't like their claws\²My Batraffes do fly into doors''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Mythology]]²* The Chimera (who resembles a three-headed monster with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a serpent)[[labelnote:Note]]While depictions vary, the most common portrayal is resembling a lion, with a goat's head on its back and a tail tipped with a serpent's head, and sometimes goat hind legs as well.[[/labelnote]] is probably the most prominent of these, to the extent that a number of works of fiction use "Chimera" as a generic term for Mix And Match Critters of all sorts.²* In addition to the Chimera, we have the [[ALoadofBull Minotaur]], Art/TheSphinx and other sphinxes[[note]]Egyptian sphinxes have human heads and lion's bodies. Greek ones have wings too. [[/note]], the [[OurGryphonsAreDifferent griffin]], [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Harpies]], [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaurs]], Pegasus, Sleipnir (although he's a mash-up of a horse and... another horse), Cerberus (who sometimes had a snake for a tail), the {{unicorn}}...²* Persian mythology gave us the sphinx-like Manticore, a carnivorous, monstrous beast with a humanoid face and a mouthful of sharp teeth, the mane and the body of a lion and the tail of either a scorpion or a dragon which can shoot poisonous spikes. In modern fantasy, it is common to give them bat-like wings as well.²* Medieval bestiaries are loaded with these kinds of animals as when travelers and writers sought to describe unfamiliar animals they used comparisons (tusks = boar, slim with hooves = deer, horns = goat, etc.) The result is that when illustrators who have never seen these animals are given such descriptions, they get taken literally. In addition to the Manticore mentioned above, other popular bestiary inclusions are:²** The Leucrotta (or Crocotta) had the head of a badger, the tail and body of a lion, and the legs of a deer, combined with a SlasherSmile of gnashing sharpened bone, the ability to mimic voices, and a stiff spine that made it lightning fast. Allegedly an exaggerated and jumbled description of a cheetah and a hyena.²** The Yale had the body of antelope, the legs of a horse, the tusks of a boar, and the tail of an elephant, possessing the ability to swivel its horns in any direction. Often appears in heraldry, but not that frequently at the better-known university. Suspected to have been an Arabian oryx.²** The Parandrus had the legs of an ibex, the head and antlers of a stag, the body of a bear, and the remarkable ability to blend in with its surroundings like an octopus. Theorized to be a messed-up description of a reindeer or a moose.²** The Catoblepas (mistakenly called the Gorgon by Edward Topsell), a hideous bull-like creature with a long neck, a boar-like head, scaly skin, and a DeadlyGaze. Allegedly a misrepresentation of the perfectly harmless wildebeest.²** The Bonnacon was another fantasical bovine, resembling a horse with a bull's head and tiny ram-like horns useless for defense. Instead, it relied on an extreme form of {{Fartillery}} to keep enemies at bay.²** The Mermecolion, a giant ant with the head of a lion that was always doomed to starve to death due to its incompatible digestive system (the lion head can only eat meat, but the ant body can only digest grain). Supposedly originated from a mistranslated Bible when an ancient word for "lion" became jumbled up with the Greek word for "ant".²** The BasiliskAndCockatrice -- half-chicken, half-snake, all lethal.²* Some scientists believe that [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] are itself a mix-and-match creature that was deeply ingrained into our psychology through evolution, which would explain why so many different cultures feature some kind of dragon. The theory states that the dragon is a combination of mankind's animal enemies. The body comes from dangerous snakes and other reptiles. The maw comes from big cats. The talons come from birds of prey. The wings come from bats, etc.²** As for fire, animals instinctively fear fire. Humans have largely conquered that fear by conquering fire, but it still crept into the subconscious.²* Many Mix-and-Match Critters that lacked a basis in classic myth appear in heraldry. A good example is the Enfield, the crest of the O'Kelly clan. It has the head of a fox, the forelegs of an eagle, the chest of a greyhound, the body of a lion and hindlegs and tail of a wolf.²** Another one is the Ypotryll, described as having a camel's body, an ox's legs, a snake's tail, and a boar's head -- theorized by some to be a garbled description of a hippopotamus ("ypotame" in Middle English).²* The Peluda was a dragon from France that had the head, neck, and tail of a snake, the body of a green porcupine, and the feet of a turtle. Much nastier than it sounds -- it could breathe acid and fire, its quills were toxic and could be flicked at prey, had a special taste for [[DistressedDamsel young women]] and children and the only way to kill it was [[WeaksauceWeakness cutting off its tail]].²* The [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian]] gods are often depicted as humans with animal heads.²** Parodied in Literature/{{Discworld}}, "Gods are human-shaped. Even Offler the crocodile god is only crocodile ''headed''. Ask humans to imagine an animal god and they'll come up with someone in a really bad mask."²** Ammut the Devourer was depicted as having the head of a crocodile, the forequarters of a leopard or lioness, and the hindquarters of a hippopotamus -- three vicious and deadly creatures (Hippos, while vegetarian, are incredibly strong and fiercely territorial, and responsible for more deaths in Africa than lions). Jackal-headed Anubis weighed your heart against the Feather of Truth: if it was heavier, he'd toss it to Ammut.²* Two-headed dogs seem to be very common, possibly as a lesser version of Cerberus. They are already present in Myth/GreekMythology, e.g. Geryon's watchdog Orthus from the tale of Heracles.²** Most of the monsters from Greek myth were siblings. That is, all those that didn't have some other origin story were.²** Both Orthus and Cerberus must have been insanely jealous of three of their other siblings: the chimera, the Lernaean Hydra that started out with nine heads and could generate more, and Ladon, a dragon with ''100 heads''. At least they beat out the Nemean Lion (not Mix and Match) and the Sphinx (indeed Mix and Match).²** Both of whom are beaten out by daddy dearest, Typhon, who had a hundred serpent's heads--ON EACH HAND.²** Actually, in some sources, Orthus wasn't Cerberus's brother...well, not ''full'' brother. He was his half-brother...''[[{{Squick}} and father]]'' (Echidna was mother [[ParentalIncest to them both]]).²* In a deliberate subversion, 16th-century Italian author Ludovico Ariosto created the ''hippogriff'' -- a beast that is part griffin and part horse -- for his epic ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'' as a joke on a line from the Roman poet Virgil which used "when griffins are mated with horses" as a synonym for "impossible" or "never". Although it never was truly "mythological" it is considered so today.²** Hippogriffs have appeared in ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' and, of course, ''Literature/HarryPotter''.²** One of Dream's three guards in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' is described as a hippogriff but is drawn as a Pegasus-type winged horse.²** Card game ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' also has a hippogriff -- a hippo with small fangs and two small wings.²* OlderThanDirt: The earliest civilizations, such as Sumer, the Indus Valley, Minoan Crete, and AncientEgypt, had various mix-and-match beasts such as griffins, lamassu, leogryphs, serpopards, sirrush, and winged snakes. The early Sumerians had [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent gods that were part man and part fish]]. And some sculptures found in villages older than the first cities also reflect this motif.²* The {{Winged Unicorn}}, pegasus crossed with unicorn, goes back to ancient Greek descriptions of "Ethiopian Pegasoi."²* Numerous Iranian mythological creatures were in this style. Their gryphon was quite popular (and likely originated from Aryan aka Iranian peoples), but one of the main ones was the senmurv, or Simurgh, [[ a bird with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion]].²* The Shedu / Lamassu of ancient Sumeria were heavenly protective deities with the head of a man or woman, wings, and the body of bull or lion and were seen as servants of higher gods and protectors of households. Historians believe they later had a large influence on the creation of the lore about the sphinx, Arabian Djinn, Judeo-Christian Angels (particularly the Cherubs), and the worldwide practice of placing gargoyles on buildings. Also, one of Gilgamesh's greatest feats was defeating Isthar's pet Shedu.²* From the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Revelation]], chapter 13:1 "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority."²* And from the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Ezekiel]], Chapter 1:5-11 5 "Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. And their feet were straight; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies."²** Ezekiel 41:18-19 18 "And it was made with cherubim and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent cherub]] and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces; So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about."²* The Tikbalang from Philippine mythology has the body of a man, but with the head and feet of a horse. Its legs are so long that when it sits down, its knees are above its head. Some legends also give it a mane of spikes. They are known for messing with travelers by shapeshifting into someone's relative, but if you find the right one, you can control it and ride it through the sky.²* Myth/ChineseMythology:²** A long, or Chinese dragon, is said to have the head of a camel, horns of a deer, eyes of a demon, neck of a snake, belly of a clam, scales of a carp, claws of an eagle, palms of a tiger, and ears of a cow. They often sport beards and/or whiskers as well. Similar or identical creatures under different names, such as the ryus of Myth/JapaneseMythology or the ryongs of Myth/KoreanMythology, feature in most East Asian mythologies. Legend has it that this appearance was created when the first emperor took the heraldic animals of the states he had conquered and put parts of them together.²** Kirins are traditionally depicted as creatures with the general characteristics of a long but with the body plan and cloven hooves of ungulates. As such, they usually resemble deer- or ox-like creatures with the scales and fangs of reptiles. It's worth noting that, although they are consistently described as draconic or dragon-like, at least one giraffe is known to have been identified as a kirin when brought to China during the reign of the Ming dynasty. Qilins of much the same description also feature in Japanese mythology. ²** Longma, also known as the dragon-horse, are depicted as winged horses with dragon scales and heads. There's also the Longgui, or dragon turtle.²* TheJerseyDevil -- body and head of a horse, legs of a stork, wings of a bat, horns, and a devil-like tail.²* The ''Literature/ArsGoetia'' portrays many of the demons bound by Ham and Solomon as manifesting in this way. Examples are Zagan and Haagenti (gryphon-winged bulls...although how you're supposed to tell those are gryphon wings and not eagle wings [[FridgeLogic is anyone's guess]]), Marchosias (she-wolf with a snake's tail and gryphon wings), and Ipos (lion with a goose's feet and head and a hare's tail).²* In German, there's the common term of the ''Eierlegende Wollmilchsau'' or ''egg laying wool-milk-sow'', the holy grail of farmers and by extension any manufacturing business. One animal (or product) that produces absolutely everything and addresses anything the customer might wish for. Some people [[ made pictures of it]].²* The worst of all? The Tarasque of French folklore. It had the head of a lion, the body of a bull, the shell of a tortoise covered in spikes, six bear legs, and the tail of a serpent with a fish's fin. Doesn't much look like its ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' counterpart.²* Myth/HinduMythology brings us the Makara, a sea creature with the body of a crocodile, the trunk of an elephant, the paws of a lion, and the tail of a fish with a peacock's feathers at the end of it. Some versions also add a boar's tusks, a monkey's eyes, or a stag's antlers. [[UpToEleven And if that wasn't enough]], it's ''also'' often depicted with a serpent emerging from its mouth. And yes, that ''is'' where [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} they got the name from.]]²* In Myth/JapaneseMythology there is a chimerical creature called the Nue, with the body of a dog, the legs of a tiger, the face of a baboon, the tail of a snake, and the voice of a thrush. Famously the Emperor Konoe suffered nightmares, and one of his servants noticed a black cloud hanging over the palace. The servant shot an arrow at the cloud and out of it fell the monstrous Nue.²** Also from Japanese myth is the baku is a DreamEater with the head of an elephant, the body and limbs of a tiger, the ears and eyes of a rhinoceros, and the tail of an ox. The coincidental resemblance to a real life Malayan tapir led to the Japanese using "''baku''" as their word for "tapir".²** The Ushi-Oni, a coastal monster resembling a GiantSpider with the head of an ox and the limbs of a crab. It is often seen with another Mix-and-Match Critter, the Nure-Onna, a giant snake with a woman's head and arms, working in tandem to catch humans to eat.²* Inuit mythology has the Akhlut, a malevolent spirit that often takes the form of a wolf/killer whale hybrid. Myths of it vary widely, but most agree on the fact that it [[ToServeMan preys upon humans]].²* The Questing Beast that Myth/KingArthur encountered had the head of a snake, the body of a leopard, the legs of a deer, and the tail of a lion. If you think about it, it sounds a lot like a giraffe, which some scholars have suggested as what the creature is based on.²* The [[ Wolpertinger]] has a body comprising various animal parts — generally wings, antlers, tails and fangs, all attached to the body of a small mammal. The most widespread description portrays the Wolpertinger as having the head of a rabbit, the body of a squirrel, the antlers of a deer, and the wings and occasionally the legs of a pheasant.²* The Grootslang is a creature from South African folklore that resembles a cross between an elephant and a venomous snake (two of the most dangerous animals on the savanna). Though according to its legend, it was technically first; elephants and snakes came from the gods ''splitting'' the other grootslangs up into the two, realizing they had screwed up in creating something that horrible; they just missed one.²* The Ahool is a cryptid from Southeast Asia described as a hybrid of a monkey and a bat.²* Many FearsomeCrittersOfAmericanFolklore. Asides the famous rabbit-deer known as the Jackalope, there's also:²** The Hodag. Exactly what kind of animal parts are in there vary, but one source gives it "the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end".²** The Shagamaw resembles a bear with the hindquarters of a moose. It alternate between walking on its forelegs and its hind legs in order to confuse hunters.²** The Lufferlang is a GiantSpider with a horse's head that fears nothing but its own reflection, for its hideousness is the only thing that can repel it.²** The Upland Trout is a fish with wings, while the Bildad is half-beaver, half-duck, and a better swimmer than either.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]²* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' had Rosebud the basselope, a basset hound/antelope mix. A tryst with Hodge-podge resulted in, of course, Jackabasselopes.²* ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' has a bit of an unusual example. The father was a cat surgically modified into a dog. The mother is a cat ''cloned'' from a dog. The end result? Seven puppies with tabby stripes.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Stand-Up]]²* Woody Allen describing the Great Roe, which has "the head of a lion and the body of a lion, although not the same lion".²* Mocked by comedian Demetri Martin in his "visual enhancers" act, in which he declared that you could make a fantasy animal by taking any existing animal and adding wings. He gave as examples Pegasus (horse) and the griffin (lion)... and then a hawk, displaying a picture of a four-winged hawk saying "I'm awkward."²** Further parodied when he suggested creatures no one ever heard about, like a mermaid that's half fish but split ''vertically'' instead of horizontally. Another was the "Zebratard" who was 1/2 zebra, 1/2 hawk, 1/2 pig and thus was an improper fraction.²* The meanest animal in Africa is the crocolion, half crocodile in front, half lion in back. How does it poop? Again, ''meanest'' animal in Africa.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* Look at an old ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' [[ Monster Manual]] sometime. The Displacer Beast (a six-legged panther with tentacles on its shoulders that is never where you see it; interestingly, it was derived from Coeurl, the villain of a 1920s/1930s sci-fi short story) and Owlbear (guess!) spring to mind. Later editions continue this fine tradition with such gems as the Howler Wasp (half-wasp, half-monkey) and Yak-People.²** A few more examples: some were specifically stated to be the result of wizard experiments, some had no origin given.²*** Chimera (1/3 red dragon, 1/3 lion and 1/3 giant goat... yeah, you heard me)²*** Dracolisk (half black dragon, half basilisk)²*** Gorgimera (1/3 red dragon, 1/3 lion, 1/3 gorgon)²*** Griffon (half lion, half eagle)²*** Hippogriff (half horse, half eagle)²*** Thoul (1/3 troll, 1/3 hobgoblin, 1/3 ghoul)²** That's not half of it. One [[ article]] on this in Magazine/DragonMagazine has armadillephant, dragonfly turtle, duckbunny, moat cat (newt+puma), spider-horse, and venom dog (mastiff+scorpion). Why ''duckbunny''? Just because it's a good idea to practice with something less deadly than owlbears.²*** Possibly it's a reference to an optical illusion (see RealLife above).²** As of 3rd Edition, templates made it easy for [=DMs=] to Mix And Match their own custom-made game critters.²** The cavalcade of "Half-Something" templates combined with the weird sense of humor gamers tend to have ensures that whatever can be spawned with [=D&D=] 3+ tools ''will'' be spawned. Whatever ''cannot'' be spawned, thanks to the stated rules, will be spawned anyway -- but put in separate cage with the disclaimer "it cannot be made because of rules, but if it could, it would be like that". The clear implication being that nothing but limitations in rules prevents things like the Half-Dragon Werewolf, the Ooze Vampire, or the Angel/Demon.²** A PrestigeClass, the Master Transmogrifier in 3.5 can do this, combining the traits of at least two creatures when using a polymorph or shapechange spell, such as combining a squid's tentacles with a dragon.²* The Literature/FightingFantasy gamebook ''Citadel of Chaos'' featured two monsters: one with a wolf's head and an ape's body, the other precisely the reverse.²* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' uses a lot of the same Mix-and-Match Critters as does Dungeons and Dragons (above), but outdid themselves in the ''Alliances'' set, with the [[ Phelddagrif]]--a winged hippo with a lot of weird abilities. They later came out with [[ Questing Phelddagrif]].²** The Phelddagrif, mind, is a ''deliberate'' in-joke. Its name is an anagram of [[spoiler:'Garfield, Ph. D.' after the creator of Magic]]. That said, Magic has played with the 'build your own creature from individual parts' concept from time to time -- the chimeras from ''Visions'' come to mind, for one.²*** This is actually the point of auras and equipment, but auras have the unfortunate card disadvantage, in that, yes, putting Holy Strength on your Benalish Hero takes its toughness up to three, but a Lightning Bolt (which does three damage) will kill it and your Holy Strength, whereas if you'd played (say) another creature, you'd still have a creature.²** ''Magic'' also has pegasi, merfolk, human/elephant loxodons, human/lion leonin, human/tiger nacatl (nacatli?), human/bird aven (and WingedHumanoid angels), werewolves (which are a major race in Innistrad), and, anything in Phyrexia, such as Tsabo's spidery cybernetic legs. When Phyrexia is done, [[BodyHorror you will be an example as well]].²** In ''Return to Ravnica'', the Simic League have discarded their old methods of BioAugmentation in favor of mixing two critters into one. A being created in this manner is called a "krasis". Examples of these creatures are [[ a crocodile-frog hybrid]] and [[ a fish-crab that walks on six legs]].²---> ''"Eh, needs more toad."''\²-- Gulistan, Simic biomancer²** In the silver-bordered ''Unstable'' set, the Crossbreed Labs faction is focused on splicing together different creatures ([[ProfessorGuineaPig including themselves]]) to improve them and for self-expression. Their cards tend to have bizarre combinations of creature types such as "Spider Monkey Scientist" and "Racoon Lizard Bird". There's also a mechanic called augment letting players create their own hybrid monsters by combining a host creature with parts of another creature, resulting in such things as steam-powered iguanas, [[Music/JonathanCoulton half-monkey-half-ponies]], and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment half-kitten-half-kittens]].²* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' 4th Edition has this, with more rules on Mix-and-Match Critters given in Running Wild. This includes critters who are dangerously magical, technomantic, or cybered.²* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', this is the ''least'' of the weirdness you'll find in [[WorldOfChaos the Wyld]].²* What happens when you stick an EldritchAbomination and a Franchise/{{Pokemon}} together? ''TabletopGame/{{Pokethulhu}}''!²* in ''TabletopGame/{{rifts}}'' we have the gwylack, a [[GiantSpider Mexican red kneed tarantula the size of a pickup truck]] with a [[BewareMyStingerTail scorpions tail]] [[BizarreAlienBiology ending in a stinger that's also a spinnerette.]]²* The ''Alien Wars'' supplement for 5th edition TabletopGame/HeroSystem gives us the Xenovores, originally created via genetic manipulation to survive a nuclear holocaust no matter what. If they encounter a new race that has a potentially useful trait, expect a new subrace of Xenovores to show up soon with that trait.²* The tizn'ts of ''TabletopGame/LowLife'' are sentient mashups of... pretty much anything. The race's name comes from an attempt to categorize them, as in: "Tizn't a Bodul, tizn't a Horc, tizn't a toy car, tizn't a rubber ducky, tizn't a..."²* The forms of most werecreatures in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' are pretty straightforward man/beast in varying proportions (usually man→man with animal traits→three metre tall animal-man that bites people's heads off→dire animal→animal). The Moloke werelizards subvert this a little, since their warform isn't your generic human/crocodile mix, but a customizable chimera of various contemporary, prehistoric or not-at-all-historic scaled monstrosities. The chapter detailing the rules might as well be titled "Kaiju Creation For Dummies".²* Parodied in an adventure in ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' where the adventurers get to meet an "extremely dangerous animal, due to a deceptively meek shape" -- a cross between a tiger and a horse. The description ist ''meant'' go make the players wary -- until they realize the description is given from the POV of their characters, who simply have [[spoiler:never before seen a zebra]].²* The whole point of ''[=GeneStorm=]'', a post-apocalyptic setting where a bioweapon caused organisms in close physical proximity to exchange genes. Players can be anything from nearly human to some unholy blend of human, animal, and plant.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theme Parks]]²* At Ride/UniversalStudios:²** ''Ride/DespicableMeMinionMayhem'' has a scene where Gru plays clips of his early tests of his "Minion Gun", one of these clips showing the gun causing two people to be turned into human/Minion hybrids, and another into an Minion/elephant hybrid.²** The theme for one of the scarezones/haunted houses at Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights in 2002 was based around a twisted version of ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', where a rogue [=InGen=] scientist combined the genetics of several unwilling human victims with the genetics of various dinosaurs and other animals. The result was a bunch of horrifyingly grotesque human/dino mutants, such as a half-man/half-''Dilophosaurus'' and a half-man/half-''Triceratops''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' had the Rahi Nui, a critter who we only know by its description, since it was never released as a toy. Nevertheless, the animals that make it up were available at one time, so we can guess what it might look like: its head is that of a Kane-Ra bull, it has the body and back legs of a Muaka tiger ([[FridgeLogic which doesn't actually have back legs]]), the powerful arms of a Tarakava lizard, the wings of a Nui-Rama wasp and the stinger tail of a Nui-Jaga scorpion.²* 'Magna Morph' toys are animals made of separate body parts held together by magnets, and so can be disassembled and reassembled into interesting combinations. Creator/StephenColbert pointed out that the set includes a [[BearsAreBadNews grizzly bear]] and a [[{{Eagleland}} bald eagle]], which means it's theoretically possible to create a ''Greagle'' -- "Aah! Kill it! Kill it!"²* According to the back-story of the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' '[[ Chaos Effect]]' toy line, [=InGen=] hybridized various extinct species (whose genetic material was presumably just lying around) because why the hell not? Most fans disliked the premise and considered this a "very ugly" toy line (the garish paint jobs didn't help), but they did have a cult following. The hybridized dinosaurs included:²** A [[GiantFlyer Pteranodon]] crossed with an ''[[MightyGlacier Ankylosaurus]]'', which still managed to be awesome.²** Amargospinus (''Amargasaurus'' + ''Spinosaurus'')²** Compstegnathus (''Compsognathus'' + ''Stegosaurus'')²** Paradeinonychus (''Deinonychus'' + ''Parasaurolophus'')²** Tanaconda (''Tanystropheus'' + anaconda)²** Velociraptoryx (''Velociraptor'' + ''Archaeopteryx'')" (Huh. [[ You don't say...]])²** And the impressively ridiculous "Ultimasaurus", which is essentially the most fearsome parts of every nonhuman ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' resident combined. The toy was never produced, but fanart of the critter can be seen in Iririv's gallery below and [[ here]].²** Finally, someone was nice enough to devote [[ a deviantART page]] to the overlooked toy series.²* Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'', somehow making insect/mammal creatures cute and cuddly, rather than an unholy vision from H.R. Giger's nightmares.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* The ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' games have the Snagrets, which have the heads of a bird and the bodies of a snake. The Pikmin themselves are plant and animal hybrids.²* This is the entire concept of ''VideoGame/ImpossibleCreatures'', a RealTimeStrategy game wherein you can make an entire army of chimeras from your choice of a few dozen base animals.²* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' absolutely ''LOVES'' this trope. Some examples include:²** What do you get when you cross-breed a dragon, a tiger, and a T. rex? A 22-meter-long embodiment of raw power, sheer ferocity and an incredibly foul temperament. Also known as a Tigrex.²** What happens when you base a monster on a [[{{Youkai}} Raiju]], a gorilla, a mountain goat, and a minotaur for good measure? Rajang.²** What do you get when you crossbreed a dragon and a smilodon? A Barioth. Also, pain. Lots and lots of pain.²** And in the [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale Elder Dragon]] side of things, Jhen Mohran and its cousin Dah'ren Moran. Jhen Mohran is what happens when you cross a crocodile, a shark, and a whale and give it two narwhal tusks. Dah'ren replaces the narwhal tusks with a giant [[ThisIsADrill drill horn]].²* ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot''²** Dingodile and Rilla Roo, both anthropomorphic, are near-equal parts dingo and crocodile, and gorilla and kangaroo, respectively.²** The now-defunct epilogue of ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing'' said that Dingodile went on to form him own highly successful business which made even more of them, including the Gir-Bat, Kanga-Rooster and Dingo-Rilla. "Combine them all", indeed.²** ''VideoGame/CrashOfTheTitans'' and ''VideoGame/CrashMindOverMutant'' have mix and match critters in the form of the mutants. Examples of such are the Scorporilla (Scorpion/Gorilla), the Snipe (Fox/Tropical Bird) the Rhinoroller (Rhino/Armadillo) and the Battler...which is half Bat, half ''Switch Blade''!²* Many creatures in ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter''. One of the main characters is an ottsel (otter-weasel), and there are yakows (yak-cow), crocadogs (crocodile-dog), monkaws (monkey-macaw) and hiphogs (hippo-hog) running around.²* ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'': It provides the page image[[note]]clockwork from top left: Monkalrus, Parental Kangashark, Horsantula, Muttshroom and Ostrelephant[[/note]], with some of its many Chimarae; bio-engineered animal hybrids that are the standard {{mook}}s for most of the game. Some of the crazier ones, like the Cattlesnake and Pigtunia, aren't shown in the above image.²* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has several in each incarnation such as Wolfos (wolf human hybrids) Lizalfos, Dinolfos and Aeralfos (lizard men of various shapes and sizes), the Zora (fish men) and their descendants the Rito (bird men).²* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''²** Variation occurs in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 its sequel]], where the Chao develop physical traits similar to the small animals they play with (bunny ears, peacock crest, tiger arms...). Neutral and Dark "Run Type" Chao resemble Sonic and Shadow respectively, with blue or black striped head spines. Also, it's possible to make one look like ''Chaos''.²** The series also has Fang the Sniper (aka Nack the Weasel), who is a purple-furred bounty hunter. He is sometimes referred to as a "weasel-wolf" by fans but his actual species is wolf/jerboa. In North America he was accidentally referred to as a wolf/weasel for a period of time, resulting in fan confusion over his species.²* Part of the appeal of ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' is the ability to build your own Mix-and-Match Critters, among other possibilities.²* The online game ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' inflicted the Dreaded Chickencow upon the world. Head, wings, breast, and front legs of a chicken, hindquarters of a cow; all of which adds up to the meat industries' dreams manifested in flesh.²* ''VideoGame/TheDungeonOfDoom'' gives us Alligogs (alligator-frogs) and Lizzogs (lizard-frogs).²* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series features mole-bats, or ''moguri'', known in English as Moogles. The fact that they end up looking more like teddy bears than anything else can be chalked up to the RuleOfCute. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance In]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Ivalice]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2 though]], moogles tend to look more like a half-bunny, half-bat.²* One of the levels in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' involves trying to save a group of "catfish" (half-cat, half-fish) from a "bullshark" (half bulldog, half shark).²* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has the Mooshroom mob, which is a red-and-white half-cow, half-mushroom.²* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games contain many mythological mix and match critters, such as gryphons, hippogryphs and chimaeras. Then there are wyverns, which are lions with batlike wings and scorpion tails (The "wyvern" name is odd since these beings are clearly ''manticores''), magnataurs (essentially a wooly mammoth centaur) and zhevras(zebras with a small horn on their forehead). There's also creatures that look mostly like real-world ones but with few parts added, like giraffes with gazelle-style horns and crocolisks (6-legged crocodiles).²* ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'''s entire concept is all about taking random generation [[UpToEleven Up To Eleven]]. Guess what happens with the majority of the animals inhabiting planets?²* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''²** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' includes Moonkin, which are owlbears, as well. Druid characters are shapeshifters, and if one takes the offensive spellcasting talents, you can change into one.²** ''[=WoW=]'' also has the wolpertinger. It has the body, head, feet, and tail of a hare... and fangs, wings, and antlers. They can also only be seen when ''[[MushroomSamba drunk]]''...²* Deathstalker Rexxar in ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'' lets you make your own with your hero power. Choose a beast from two sets of three, smash them together, and have fun!²* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''²** Yoshi is supposed to be a [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]]... with a turtle-like shell that doubles as a saddle, a chamelon/froglike tongue that [[BigEater swallows]] [[ExtremeOmnivore everything]], and has been known to [[DinosaursAreDragons grow (feathered) wings and breathe fire]]... and he wears boots.²** Bowser is commonly confused to be a dragon-turtle, but he's actually designed to be an ox-turtle. Miyamoto originally envisioned him to be an ox, but his staff convinced him to make Bowser a turtle instead. Bowser's final design merged the two creatures.²** The first boss of ''VideoGame/VirtualBoyWarioLand'' is the aptly named "Dinosaur Fish."²* The ratigators from ''VideoGame/SewerShark''.²* In ''VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'', the hatchable animals include a kangaroo/lion, a sheep/camel/ostritch, a monkey/bat, a cheetah/gazelle, and a rhino/bird...thing.²* Of course, several Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, especially plant/animal hybrids under the Grass type. To give an example, Sharpedo is a shark with the body of an ocean sunfish, or Eevee which combines cats, with foxes, and even Rabbits.²** Type: Null from ''Sun and Moon'' is the quintessential Pokémon example of this trope.²* ''VideoGame/{{Aion}}'''s natural wildlife would fit right at home with the ''[[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Woozles]]'' or ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''; amongst the combination seen in the game: Faurons (ram/wilderbeasts), Airons (crane/peacocks), Brax (boar/bison), Snufflers (armadillo/elephant), Sparkies (beetle/firefly), and of course, pangolin squirrels.²* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'': Everyone say hello to [[ Doberman-Gator!]]²* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has the Lobsterfrogmen. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.²* You get the chance to play as one of these in ''VideoGame/EVOSearchForEden'', since the game lets you mix and match creature parts.²* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'':²** Klonoa himself. Combine one part cat, one part dog, one part rabbit, and [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter sixteen parts cute]].²** Popka, who is half dog, half insect, and also appears to be part stuffed animal too.²* ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}} Dark Legacy'''s Chimera: A lion's body with dragon wings and eagle talons instead of claws, with three heads: A snake, a lion, and an eagle, to correlate with the three types of Gargoyles and their elements (Poison, Fire, and Electricity, respectively.)²* In ''VideoGame/ReturnToMysteriousIsland'', Mina must get past a sea creature with a crocodile-like head and a shark's body. Possibly it's meant to be an ichthyosaur, but if so, the designers put its tail on upside-down.²* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''²** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Nightstalkers, the result of an experiment in splicing coyote and rattlesnake DNA.²** So far all versions of the game have centaurs as well, which are a mixture of humans, dogs, cats, and FEV.²** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' & ''2'' have the pigrat as well. Also, the deathclaw is a mixture of Jackson's chameleon and various 'other species'.²* The Sea Creatures of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay''. They have the head of a sea horse, the body and shell of a turtle, the fins and flippers of a fish, and the large bulb antenna of an angler fish. [[HellIsThatNoise And their calls are... kind of weird]].²* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Gokujou Parodius]]'', the first boss is a tutu-wearing panda with a quacking duck's head on top of its own.²* The ''[[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy Katamari]]'' series (specifically ''We ♥ Katamari'' and ''Katamari Forever'') has the Cowbear (infamous for being one of the harder items to roll up) which consists of the upper half of a bear and the lower half of a cow.²* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'' and ''VI'', mix and match critters can be created in two ways: they're either {{Half Human Hybrid}}s known as 'beastmen' who were created by wizard's experiments, or two species can become fused by the powerful magic present in a dragon-vein ([[OurGriffinsAreDifferent griffins]] are believed to have been created in this manner).²** In ''I'' and ''II'', while no explanation was given (beyond the one implicit in them being the diametric opposition to the nature-focused Sorceresses) this was a theme for the Warlocks -- in ''I'' half their available creatures belong in this trope (and they were alone in having creatures that fit it), while in ''II'' half their base creatures belong in this trope[[note]]upgraded variants counted separately, it is 4/9th of the creatures[[/note]], and the only non-Warlock mix-and-match is the neutral Medusa... who was turned into a Dungeon (equivalent of Warlock) creature for ''III''.²* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', we have rappigs: pigs with soft pink fur and rabbit ears. [[BunnyEarsLawyer Emperor Peony]] keeps several as pets (and apparently also gives them as gifts to people he likes, at least according to one sidequest). They appear to be the size of real-life pigs in the game, but TheAnimeOfTheGame shows them being closer to the size of a small dog.²** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' clarifies this. Rappigs are biologically rabbits that look like pigs, and introduces a new species, Piggits, which are biologically pigs that look like rabbits. Naturally, due to a mix of convergent evolution and using the same character model, they look exactly the same.²* The fifth boss of ''VideoGame/ChimeraBeast'' resembles a green-coloured cross between a lion and a boar.²* UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast ActionRPG ''VideoGame/NappleTale'' has Frocar, anthropomorphic frog on top and automobile on the bottom. He's a [[PermanentElectedOfficial pillar of the community]]!²* In ''VideoGame/{{Syberia}}'', youki have characteristics of seals, bears, and dogs.²* ''VideoGame/{{CarnEvil}}'' has deadly "spider-monkeys" (crosses between monkeys and spiders) in the Freak Show stage.²* Torque from ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' is a "shellduck": A duck wearing a tortoise shell. Aside from a skeptical comment from Lilac, nobody really seems to notice. [[spoiler: Although it's subverted in that the shellduck is a poorly-constructed disguise, and Torque is actually an alien.]]²* The main selling point of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'''s ''Automatron'' [=DLC=] is the addition of a new RobotBuddy companion who can be upgraded and customised using various parts from the different robots of the ''Fallout'' universe. She starts out with an Assaultron's head and upper body, a Protectron's stubby legs, and a GatlingGood for a right arm, but her body, armament and characteristics can all be made entirely different by swapping with parts you can collect in your travels, whether you want a FragileSpeedster CloseRangeCombatant or a MightyGlacier LongRangeFighter.²* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'': The aliens are generated procedurally like the planets, but the game doesn't always take into account common sense when assembling them and since most of the body parts are based on real animals it occasionally leads to some... [[ interesting]] [[ results]].²* In ''VideoGame/{{Octogeddon}}'', Octogeddon starts off as a normal octopus with octopus tentacles, but with all the DNA it acquires it can replace those with crab claws, turtle shells, rooster heads, and many, many more.²* Longma from ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'' are horse/dragon hybrids. Tianhuo looks like a scaley horse with a firey mane.²* The pet system introduced to ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX'' in late 2017 comes by default with cat options ("Kitstar") and dog options ("Pupstar") and various rewards have provided numerous other options, including rabbit options ("Bunstar"), pig options ("Pigstar") and reindeer options ("Reinstar") to name just a few. These can be freely mixed and matched with the arms, legs, ears, head and tail.²* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' had an enemy that was a fish with a doglike head as well as as collar. [[StealthPun It's a dogfish]]. There's also Bug's mount, a dragonfly with the head of a dragon.²* ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'': Many examples, including crowbats (crows with bat wings), crowcats (cats with crow wings), pigboars (granted they look about like regular boards), and buffalobull (a buffalo with longhorn bull horns). Also applies to a few bosses:²** The apple viper, which also qualifies as a {{Planimal}}.²** The rogue leon, which is a humanoid with lion head and bat wings.²** The devlin, which is half devil and half goblin.²* The ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' have such things as "bunnycats" (long-eared cats), "pows" (pigs that give large quantities milk, and are white colored with black splotches) , as well as Dog/Deer and Sheep/Goat hybrids.²* ''Hybrid Animals'' is a game ''based'' around this trope. By [[InterspeciesRomance breeding two different animals together]] from a list of them, you can create bizarre monstrosities such as a tiger-bunny or a T-rex-scorpion. Since every fusion is generated from an algorithm, your fusions will often look very odd, and more often than not will be either stronger or weaker than they look.²* Zera from ''VideoGame/ZeraMythsAwaken'' is supposed to look like a mix of an axolotl and a bat.²* The player's avatar can fall under this in ''VideoGame/ImpressiveTitle'' thanks to CharacterCustomization allowing players to mix and match body parts to however they please. While they are limited to feline heads and lion bodies, they can still add things like fox tails, spotted hyena markings, and wings to their lion-like personas.²** {{Subverted}} with ''VideoGame/FeralHeart'' thanks to the introduction of species selection, so some markings, ear and tail shapes are exclusive only to feline and canine characters. However, there are some exceptions to the rule as players can still create wolves with cat tails.²* ''VideoGame/OviPets'' has this in spades due to the mutation mechanics. You can have wolves with cat heads, eagles with butterfly wings, lizards that look like platypuses, chickens that look like pigeons and ferrets that look like skunks to name just a few. ²* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has the Antlions, ant-like critters with the comparable size and strength of lions. They sound creepy, but admittedly they can get really cute.²* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' has Dr. M's henchmen, including elephants with bat wings and gorilla arms, alligators with lobster arms and kangaroo feet, and snakes with tiger arms and frog feet. Dr. M himself controls several giant monstrosities in his various fights, too.²* That's how traits of all organisms in ''[=SimLife=]'' are represented. Every type of ''head'' specifies creature's intelligence and diet, ''body'' represents mode of locomotion and habitat, and ''tail'' corresponds to type of reproduction. ²** Same thing with plants with ''blossom'' signifying type of flowers and fruit; ''stem'' - life cycle, biome and size; and ''roots'' - habitat and conditions in which it's seeds sprout.²* ''Videogame/JadeCocoon 2'' has the Tomokana line of divine beasts, which have swordfish-like snouts, stingray fins and spiked lower bodies that can swell up like a pufferfish. There's also a monster from the Ku family that looks like a dog but has boar's tusks, a unicorn-like horn, an armored shell and a lobster-like tail.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* ''Webcomic/CreaturesOfZenith'' has the Mechabiotitanollante, one of the original Zenith Demons from the NES Godzilla Creepypasta, but given a name befitting of its hybrid status. It has the legs and tail of Titanosaurus, the upper body of Mechagodzilla and the head of Biollante.²* ''Roleplay/EnemyQuest'' has the Skut, speedy rodent-lizard hybrid critters with six eyes and acid for blood. [[spoiler:An individual Skut is actually a single personality and intellect spread over multiple bodies.]]²* Muut from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is shown as a human with the head and feet of an owl (the original character from Cahuilla Native American myth was just [[OminousOwl a giant owl]]). ''Gunnerkrigg Court'' has also featured the classical Minotaur as a character.²* ''Webcomic/{{Inverloch}}'' had D'akor: furry, humanoid goat-wolves.²** [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Is Ma-ha-Suchi involved?]]²** Sarah Ellerton's followup project, ''Webcomic/ThePhoenixRequiem'', also has Dakor. This time, she left out the humanoid and just made wolves with goat horns.²* ''Triquetra Cats'' takes this trope to the extreme with Splio Beasts -- animals which are ultimately the genetic crossbreed of every known member of the animal kingdom all mixed into one.²* In ''Webcomic/{{Irritability}}'', Exoth keeps a stock of modular chimaera parts in one of his labs that can just be snapped together.²* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' with its chimerae and ShapeShifting [[TransformationRay devices]]. This is taken to another level involuntarily with Vlad[[spoiler:/Vladia]] being created from DNA from several bats, owls, hawks and even a leopard in addition to human and an alien. Technically, Vlad should be able to change form at will, but the stress of doing so could very well kill him [[spoiler:which is why he was so happy when Ellen accidentally transformed him into a human girl]]. It's voluntary with Grace, who can mix and match aspects from [[PartialTransformation any]] and [[ShapeshifterMashup all]] of her continually growing number of forms. Jeremy, The Verres' pet "cat", has hedgehog spines -- this would probably get some weird looks, but pretty much everyone in town is used to Tedd's experiments by now. Also, [[ this]] critter in a filler sketch.²* ''Webcomic/ThePrincessPlanet'' often have whole strips devoted to Princess Christi and other princesses trying to outdo each other by showing all ever weirder Mix-and-Match Critters than the other.²* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': [[ I'm sorry, no I won't take it. If we accept orc zombies, then we open the gate to all kinds of crap. What's next? Centaur dragons? How about demon fairies? Maybe buffalo elves? Heck, why not whale vultures?]]²** And as the title suggests: [[WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob Badger-Snakes]]?²* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': {{Mook}}s encountered in the Medium (imps, ogres, basilisks, etc) assume various combinations of features (and included powers) from the players' prototyped sprites when they enter; in the kids' session it's a mix of harlequin outfits from Nannaquin, wings and a sword from Seppukrow, cat features and tentacles from Jaspers, dog features and various levels of RealityWarper powers from Becquerel. The royalty of Prospit and Derse take on all the prototyped features at once through their RequisiteRoyalRegalia, and any Prospitian or Dersite can use said regalia. This is taken to an extreme in the {{troll}}s' session when they accumulate ''twelve'' separate prototype features including some nearly gamebreaking psychic abilities that made the Black King almost unbeatable.²** ''[[Creator/AndrewHussie Humanimals]]'', one of Hussie's earlier works, was entirely devoted to exploring this trope and all its potential MundaneUtility implications -- as well as subtle, playful satire of UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. Equius's lusus Aurthour and some of Dirk's work are a ShoutOut to this.²* Spontaneous Combustion has Swift, Gabriella, and the recently announced "badger-squirrels" that are all animal combinations. Swift is a variety of fast creatures (cats and rodents can be seen) and Gabriella is an amoeba-girl (and an oxymoron).²* Speaks with Monsters answers the question "what do griffons (half-eagle, half-lion) eat?" with pescazelles, half-trout, half-gazelle.²* Webcomic/{{Erfworld}} has the Unipegataurs, which are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Winged centaurs with tiny horns on their foreheads]].²* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':²** Since the strip is explicitly set in a world based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', naturally it [[ takes this one on]].²** Roy questions the existence of a [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology brontosaurus]]. He is told that if hippogriffs can exist, why not an apatosaurus with the head of a camarasaurus?²* ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy'' has spider crabs which (unlike RealLife spider crabs) are giant spiders with crab claws. There's also a brief appearance by deer that have small trees in place of antlers.²* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfShanShan'', [[ a winged lion]].²* ''Webcomic/MountainTime's'' snailbear somehow manages to combine this with FauxlosophicNarration.²** Also has the Lirus, which is a lion mixed with a virus.²** Not to mention the Pelican Cello, which is, well... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you figure it out]].²* ''Webcomic/{{Dissonance}}'' takes a relatively realistic approach to this--Pandora has traits of three different kinds of caniform, in addition to traits not typically found in that suborder, but it's definitely its own creature rather than a mix of the others. The protagonists are currently clueless as to what it could have evolved from (having dismissed genetic engineering, and only joked about aliens.)²* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has Zenith, an [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots incredibly lifelike robot]] that [[ has a face like some sort of canine, rabbit ears, a feline tail and markings, and a snake's tongue]], [[ all of which were chosen as qualities of a "perfect female"]]. Her minions [[ also tend to look like bizarre mash-ups]], having been made from [[BodyHorror spare parts of the people she's captured]].²* ''Webcomic/DragonMango'': One of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many]] main characters summoned [[ a hippogryff -- half-hippopotamus, half-griffin.]]²* One wizard in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' made this his calling card. Richard gleefully grabbed as many species as he could, alive no less (to be fair, the owl-octo-hydra-stoner-bear is almost as cool as a giant kraken). Turns out that the wizard's mage guild didn't like it and turned him into one hell of a self-duplicated-and-mixed HumanoidAbomination as punishment:[[spoiler:think Dynah, but with ass. Except more ass. *shudder*]]²* Several animals in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', most notably the [[CallASmeerpARabbit Bull]], an amphibian bipedal flounder-like predator with skin flaps like a gliding lizard and a lure like an anglerfish, the Barnacle Goblin, a creature with a crocodiles head and a humanoid body that sprouts giant barcnacles from its back and the Mangdol Whales, extremely cute mixes of dolphins and seals.²* ''Webcomic/HeroesOfThantopolis'' Xisea has the body of a spider and the head of a cat. Surprisingly adorable in practice²* ''Webcomic/ChildrenOfEldair'': The elves use some kind of horse-deer-goat things as mounts. ²* The man-kittens in ''Webcomic/StringTheory''.²* When Meegs from ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' tried to call up a griffon as a familiar, she got a cat-sized "griffon" with the body of a kitten and the head, wings and claws of a ''parakeet''.²* Sheen, the main character of ''Webcomic/TheBedfellows'', is a cat/dog hybrid.²* Kitter Catter from ''Webcomic/{{Sparklecare}}'' is a cross between a cat and a caterpillar.²* ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' gives us [[ the majestic Piranhamoose]]. ''Awesome''.²* In ''Webcomic/TheRedac'', arachnocurrillas are basically sasquatch-like creatures with giant spider legs.²** The Fly-Touch spell results in this, turning anyone into a half-fly hybrid. (Of course, it gets used on an arachnocurrilla.)²* ''Webcomic/TheComicAdventuresOfLeftAndRight'': Owldog is the result of "unspeakable owl/dog atrocities."²* The comics of the ''Webcomic/FifteenMinds'' Tumblr feature several examples of combo critters. ²** One panel in ''Blue Moon Blossom'' takes place under the sea and shows cephalopods with a cat's head in the place of their mantle (the main body of an octopus, which we think of as their "heads"), and another species with little protrusions on the mantle that look like bear's ears, plus a LampreyMouth.²** In ''Legend of Legendary Mighty Knight'', the protagonist's mount resembles a car-sized slug with pale gray coloring evoking a ghost... with the head of a cat. Small crocodilians with wings like flies and sticky tongues like frogs can also be seen in the background.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* [[WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic PLATYPUS-BUNNY!!!]]²* ''Lots'' of "[[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom fursonas]]" are this way, to the extent that there are bird-mammal hybrids, or fish-mammal hybrids, or insect-mammal hybrids. For whatever reason, part-wolves and part-Blue Jays tend to be especially popular, with griffon-like Jay/Wolves essentially being the Holy Grail of animal avatars.²** One strange instance had a character which consisted of a hyena crossed with a cuttlefish...²* In a somewhat similar vein to the above example, the UsefulNotes/{{furry| fandom}} roleplay City of Unity has this as a major plot point; As maintained by the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Orwellian]] government, Hybrids, or Uni-Class, (50/50 mix of two species) are held as the next step in evolution over the purebred Outer Class. (single species)²* [[ HumanDescent]] on loves doing digital manipulations of this nature.²* [[ ZOOFIGHTS]] features a few of these, notably the infamous [=SwanMass=] (it kept absorbing things and just wouldn't die) and [[ Heart of Darkness]] / [[ Hyperfauna]] (who might ''also'' be [=SwanMass=]).²* ''Rather Good Flash'' animation [[ "Zoology Dragon"]] that is about a Dragon that combines animals... Into cubes.²* A few more gems from Website/DeviantArt:²** [[ Meet the Baterpillar Farret]]²** [[ Humming-Gryphon]]²** [[ Kanga-lion]]²** [[ Eleffebit]]²** And [[ Girelephants]]²** [[ Bulldog-Shark]]²** [[ The mighty Llamalion!]]²** [[ And the Abomination]] (Horse, elephant, tiger, rhinoceros, deer, crocodile, parrot, babboon, rabbit and buffalo)²** Chalicothere is fond of canine/fish hybrids like the [[ Moray Corgi]]²** [[ The Dogbunnyfroglemur]]²** [[ Dolphidile (dolphin/crocodile), cockager (tiger/cockatoo) and ralk (rabbit/elk)]]²** [[ The magnificent Elephenguin]]!²** A whole menagerie of Platypus hybrids: [[ Platypantheree]], [[ the platypillar]] (itself from the hybrid-happy Thomas Tapir), and the spectacular [[ Dragifforse]] (dragonfly, horse, giraffe, antelope, ostrich, cheetah, platypus, centaur, and more)²** The fearsomeness on legs [[ Antshark]]²** [[ Crocoraffe (crocodile/giraffe)]]²** Hellraptor has made a lot of these, including [[ the Spinosaur-Alien]] and a [[ Tyrannosaurus/spider/scariest parts of everything ever hybrid]]²** [[ Dragon/Tiger/Rooster/Horse]]²** [[ The ever-popular Butterfrog]]²** [[ Macadillo]]²** [[ The very sad Pandodo]]²** [[ Pelibat]]²** [[ A Cobra-Dragon]]²** [[ Zedonkasus]]²*** As well as a [[ Batgasus]]²** [[ Kydor the Porcupus]]²** The rare and magestic [[ Anglerboon]]²** [[ Pandafox]]²** [[ Cruxes]] are a somewhat less straightforward example, though still considered "hybrids".²** The almost-inevitable [[ Spinohog!]]²** A very different take on the [[ Ultimasaurus concept]] (see "Toys" above)²*** And on the [[ Duckbunny]]...²** What little girl wouldn't want a [[ My Little Caterpony]]?²** Behold, the beautiful [[ Pegaceratops]]!²** And the glorious [[ Pavotaur]]!²** And the magnificent [[ Sheenicorn]]!²** The [[ Walrolotl]]. Part walrus, part axolotl, the greatest animal that will never be.²** The [[ Siberian Tigerpede]].²** [[ Lepus Panthera]]. Jaguar and jackrabbit with a bit of goat and horse thrown in.²** [[ Not everything is better with penguins]].²** A [[ Foxratbit]]²* [[ The Valley of Siyyon]], populated as it is with Centaurs, pretty much lends itself to this kind of thing. Which leads to such characters as and [[ Elephantaur]], [[ Turtletaur]] and -yes- a ''[[ Hydrataur]]''.²* Some Website/UniCreatures are hybrids, including Capricious (goat/dragon,) Felic ("cowbunnyhorse") and Diani (deer/wolf.)²* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has carefully secured [[ this former barn]]. It can even create mix-and-match ''plant life''.²* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':²** It's very common to find people on forums and art sites who like to do "Pokémon sprite splices", in which two or more Pokémon sprites are taken and edited to create a hybrid of said Pokémon, [[ with artists then drawing]] what they'd look like in "real life". These splices range from ANYTHING to Pikquaza, to Eevedactyl to Mewgong to Bulbatres.²** The "be strong for mother" meme comes from interpreting a Doduo / Weepinbell mashup as [[ a guy forced to take care of his mentally-retarded conjoined brother.]]²---> '''Weepinbell''': do you love me brother\²'''Doduo''': Be strong Clarence. Be strong for Mother.²** The [[ Pokemon Fusion]] website, which generates a hybrid from two selected Pokemon (it only covers the first 151 Pokemon, however). It has since become a FountainOfMemes for [[UnfortunateNames the ridiculous hybrid names it gives]] and the ridiculous appearances of these hybrids, and is sometimes a source of cool fusions. Highlights include:²*** A screencap of Chode, a fusion between a Charizard and an Electrode. However, this is an edited image, as this fusion is named "Charitode" by the website and is more likely a joke about "chode", which is a slang term for a... vertically challenged penis ([[ link to Urban Dictionary definition, slightly NSFW]]). ²*** Slowbone, a fusion between a Slowpoke (or a Slowbro) and a Cubone.²*** Zapdos, a fusion between a Zapdos and a Gyarados. Contrary to its name, it is not ShapedLikeItself -- it has the body of a Gyarados and the face/head of a Zapdos.²*** Gender, a fusion between a Gengar and a Shellder.²*** [[{{Pun}} Beemime]], a fusion between a Beedrill and a Mr. Mime.²*** Eew, a fusion between an Eevee and a Mew.²*** Doom, a fusion between a Doduo and a Gloom.²*** Weepinduo, a fusion between a Weepinbell and a Doduo, which produces the image of a yellow Doduo with one head being a regular Doduo head and the other being the head of a Weepinbell.²*** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Kingking]], a fusion between a Kingler and a Nidoking, which also doubles as hilarious and awesome.²*** WesternAnimation/{{Dragontales}}, a fusion between a Dragonite and a Ninetales.²*** Cudrio, a fusion between a Cubone and a Dodrio, which, like the Weepinduo example, is a Dodrio, except the middle head is a skull, which has cued jokes that the Cubone head is demonic.²*** Starlee, a fusion between a Starmie and a Hitmonlee, not to be confused with [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Starly]].²*** Math, a fusion between a Machamp and a Meowth.²*** Farto, a fusion between a Farfetch'd and a Ditto. Also doubles as a ShoutOut to Creator/ProZD's joke about terrible Pokemon nicknames, in which a Pikachu had to accept being nicknamed Farto.²*** Mr. Cool, a fusion between a Mr. Mime and a Tentacool. ²*** Blaster, a fusion between a Blastoise and a Cloyster, depicted as a Blastoise head in a Cloyster shell. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything? ²*** [[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Dora]], a fusion between a Dodrio and an Abra.²*** Cumer, a fusion between a Cubone and a Grimer. Unsurprisingly, it looks like someone underneath a white Grimer. ²*** Squirter, a fusion between a Squirtle and a Haunter.²*** Pikachu, a fusion between a Pikachu and a Raichu, which looks like a Raichu but with Pikachu's color scheme.²* At [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, stuff like this is a common problem among the students. Diamondback is half human, half twenty foot long snake. Harpy is... a harpy. Psydoe is half deer. Gila is half lizard. Razorback is half ''velociraptor''.²* The [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy Dino Pirahna]] in Episode 8 of ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' is the offspring of Steve the Pirhana Plant and a [[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld Dino Rhino]].²* Most, if not all, of the animals in ''VideoGame/The99Rooms''.²* Several in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', such as the Catbear.²* The [[MemeticMutation Bearsharktopus]].²* [[ Stacey Lenaghan's]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Shark Puppy]] manages to be both this and a RidiculouslyCuteCritter at once.²* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Mibirds are part monkey, part bird.²** Liords are part lion, part lizard.²** K-Seal is similar to a walrus, but has a horn like a narwhal.²* From Evil Kris' flash games, ''The Insanity'', we have Dr. Edgar Friendly, a cross between Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Moreau who kidnaps people and surgically creates human-animal hybrids he dubs "Vivisects" before posting videos of his work on the internet. The videos are usually taken down as per the rules of graphic content, but he still found a way to put them on shock sites and the dark web. Most of the "Vivisects" don't live long and the ones that do have to be given various medications and life support systems to keep themselves from dying and mind erasing drugs to ensure they are loyal to him. Dr. Friendly likes to name his creations after various mythological creatures such as Chimera, a werewolf-like creature; and Cthulhu, a squid-like creature who used to be a father and a husband named Lester. Dr. Friendly was inspired not only by fictional scientists such as Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Moreau, but also by real life scientists such as Josef Mengele, Shiro Ishii, Sergei Brukhonenko and Vladimir Deminkhov.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and SequelSeries ''Westernanimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' both take this to ridiculous extents. The series initially had a few hybrid animals among those that just looked slightly different from real ones, but they became more of the norm as the series went on. Interestingly enough, most animals in the material world are hybrids, while the majority of spirit animals seem to be real animals. Eventually, it's evident that the Gaang are confused by the very presence of a regular ''bear.'' Regular dogs and cats seem to exist however.²** The TeamPet, Momo, is a flying lemur (it has wings similar to a bat's).²** Earlier designs of Appa, the ''other'' TeamPet, a flying bison, were a mix between a bison and a manatee, only with six legs.²** The "[[CallASmeerpARabbit penguins]]" from the first episode have four flippers and otter-like tails.²** The farm in "Zuko Alone" has almost every common meat animal, albeit mixed with a pig.²** A side comic on actually had ''scorpion bees''.²** And the actual series had the slightly less nightmarish but still pretty scary buzzard wasps. In other words, ''wasps'' the size of a vulture. A ''big'' vulture.²** There are "koala otters" (creatures with sea otter bodies and koala heads that are extremely cute) living in the waters around the Northern Water Tribe.²** In "The Southern Raiders", we saw a plant example with a ''tomatocarrot''. This is a particularly odd example, as other fruits and vegetables -- melons, mangoes, eggplants, cabbages, apples and many more -- have shown up completely unaltered.²** "The Old Masters" has Aang making a reference to "a spider-fly caught in its own web".²** "Appa's Lost Days" has a shot of a {{Jackalope}}. As well as a [[FullBoarAction Boarcupine]], which is pretty much what the name says it is and every bit as badass (it fought the ten-ton Appa and was ''holding its own'').²** In one episode, a "train" powered by earth benders passes by a herd of antelope foxes.²** Sokka mentions hunting arctic hippo, which many have assumed to be a cross between a hippo and a polar bear.²** Catgators: catfish/alligator crosses. Kept as pets by the waterbenders of the swamp region.²** Dragonfly: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin figure it out for yourself]].²** There are Hermit Crab Spiders in "The Northern Air Temple".²** Gorilla-goat: Possibly one of the strangest hybrids ever seen on ''Avatar''.²** Tiger Seals: Slightly disappointing, as they looked more like striped seals than actual seal/tiger hybrids.²** Saber-tooth Moose-Lion: But the baby is so cute!²** Sparrowkeet: Another bad pun.²** Wolf-bats: ''Especially'' because they can fly AND prowl. You aren't safe anywhere!²** Badger frog: Seen in "The Western Air Temple". [[spoiler:Zuko]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments talks to it while practicing what he's going to say to Team Avatar]] after his HeelFaceTurn.²** Dragon-moose: Seen drawing a cart in "The Runaway".²** Turtle-ducks: Young Zuko is seen feeding a mother turtle-duck and her babies with his mother. Secretly, they are his favorite animals.²** "Snail-sloth": It's not seen, but used as a phrase to indicate slowness or laziness.²** "Elephant-rhino'' is similar as it is never seen, but is used as a replacement in the idiom "elephant in the room".²** Rat Viper: A hybrid between a viper and a rat, used in a proverb similar to our own "two-headed snake". Particularly interesting since rats are a viper's main diet.²** Aang meets an ancient giant lion turtle posing as an island, who [[spoiler:teaches him the art of energy-bending.]]²** Cow Hippo: Apparently [[FridgeLogic likes to eat meat]].²** Turtle-seals: Seals with turtle shells on their backs, of course (kind of like turtle-ducks). One was padding along at the back of a stampede of zoo animals (providing some interesing MoodWhiplash of a sort) in "Tales of Ba Sing Se".²** Koala-Sheep. Basically, adorable balls of fluff that make great pillows.²** Ostrich-Horses seem to be the main means of travel before the invention of air-balloon and cars.²** Rabaroos look like giant marsupial rabbits. The one shown also had three babies in its pouch, way too many for a kangaroo but a small litter for a rabbit, implying that the mixing goes beyond external features.²** Korra's CanineCompanion Naga the Polar Bear dog, just as [[CanisMajor giant]] as one might assume²** Bolin's pet fire ferret Pabu, a mix between a ferret and a red panda²** Descendants of [[ThereIsAnother rediscovered]] Sky Bison, and Ringtailed Winged Lemurs, close cousins to Flying Lemur Momo, live on [[IslandBase Air Temple Island]].²** Lizard-crows scavenge in Republic City's urban sprawl.²** Additionally, spider-rats seem to be a pest problem.²** Bolin once mentions a "poodle-pony."²** Korra uses a comparison to a "weasel-snake" as an insult.²** In Season 3, Korra, Asami and the crew of a downed airship are chased by [[ThreateningShark a giant sand shark]] that looks like the cross between a Great White and a [[ Sarcastic Fringehead.]]²** Dragons combine the overall shape and spiritual connection of Asian dragons with the wings and association with fire of European dragons.²** Let's not leave out the Badger-Moles who taught Toph how to be awesome.²* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' has Fred the mutant, who has a duck's foot, a bear's foot, a human arm for his right arm, an octopus tentacle for his left arm and three eyes.²* ''WesternAnimation/CupcakeAndDinoGeneralServices'' has Kattycorn in "Everybody loves Kattycorn", who's part cat, part unicorn.²* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Fuzors are Transformers who turn into Mix-and-Match Critters. They include a wolf-eagle and a scorpion-cobra (no points for guessing who took what side). The television series explained this as a result of technical problems that occurred when they were scanning for new forms. A third Fuzor was introduced late in the series, though his origin was quite different, in that [[spoiler: his body was the fusion of the bodies of two other Maximals]].²** They were an entire sub-group when it came to the toyline. There were some weird combinations, but Injector took the cake as a lionfish/hornet. The resultant hideous robot mode ensured that Injector toys stayed unmoving on store shelves for many, ''many'' years.²** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' includes a ShoutOut to the Fuzors, by having Ratchet mention one by name (Bantor).²---> "He was all mandrill before I put a tiger in his tank!"²* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has done it several times, including the half-squirrel half-chicken, Scuzzlebutt (looks like Beast but has Patrick Duffy for a leg among other things...) and [=ManBearPig=] (although [=ManBearPig=] is supposedly fiction created by [[StrawmanPolitical Al Gore]]).²-->'''Al Gore''': Manbearpig is real! I'm SUPER cereal!²** And ''the'' [[PhysicalGod God]] is best described as hippo-cat with a lizard's tongue.²** Doubly subverted in one episode. They try to splice pig and elephant DNA, despite having heard that song by Loverboy. They don't get a pig/elephant hybrid. It looks like a normal pig. But...[[BestialityIsDepraved its face looks like]] [[DepravedHomosexual Mr. Garrison]].²* An early Fleischer Studios ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' cartoon had the Man of Steel pitted against the Hawk People, a WingedHumanoid species with bird heads, and strong enough to give Supes trouble.²* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' and Panini are both a cross between a cat, bear, and rabbit. However, the original idea for the Chowder design was to look like some sort of squeeze toy.²* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', the MonsterOfTheWeek was an army of skeletal cattle that were in reality a genetically engineered cross between cows, bees, and piranhas.²* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' was full of these. Some examples:²** Molkrom, a centaur-like demon with the head of a horse, a wolf's tail and teeth, bull horns and tentacles for arms.²** In "Son Of Celice", Orko accidentally creates a chimpanzee with a rabbit's head when he means to summon a gift for the king of Tahrin.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' followed suit, of course.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':²** One episode has fun with this when, at a Renaissance faire, Chief Wiggum's collection of mythical beasts includes the Esquilax, a horse with the head of a rabbit... and the body of a rabbit. Oh look, it's galloping away!²** Played straight in one WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror episode where Homer gets turned into a bizarre creature with a fish's head, a donkey's ears, a pair of brooms for hands and a chicken's body.²** There is also a memorable appearance by an "octoparrot" at a dubious center for scientific research which insists that "Polly shouldn't be".²* Most of the jokes on Creator/TexAvery's ''The Farm of Tomorrow'' consist of bizarre cross-breeding experiments such as an ostrich with a chicken (for bigger drumsticks), a duck with a banana (you peel the feathers off instead of plucking) and a dove with a high chair (a stool pigeon).²* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' villain [=DNAmy=] loves plush toy Mix-and-Match Critters called "Cuddlebuddies" (like pandaroo) and makes living ones with LEGOGenetics.²** She used her knowledge of genetics to create a cat-snake, rabbit-rhino, chicken and pig men, a lobster dog, a poodle-gorilla, a naked-mole man (from Rufus and Mr. Barkin), and supervillain Monkeyfist.²** If you look closely, you can see she wears an otter-fly brooch on the front of her top, one of her favorite cuddle-buddies.²* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' had Niddler the Monkey-Bird as one of its RagtagBunchOfMisfits.²* In the ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' episode "Near Miss", Paradoxter, himself a man-ox of unknown origin, creates the Animixter Ray that combines two animals into one amalgam. The animals all go back to normal once it is broken, though.²* Just in case humanoid turtles (and a rat, a rhinoceros, a boar, a gecko...) didn't qualify, the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' TV series had an episode where the VillainOfTheWeek was a MadScientist that bred Mix-and-Match Critters to be his slaves (a gorilla-bison was among the examples).²** This was essentially how the mutagen worked in that series; any being that was contanimated would take on the physical attributes of whatever creature that they had most recently come in contact with.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' has an episode dedicated to Juniper meeting a bat-otter.²* This trope is exemplified by Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles''.²** and Creator/{{Nelvana}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}''.²* [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Zoidberg]]. His species, the Decapodians, are hybrids of every sea creature there is--crab claws, cuttlefish for heads, ink-squirting, moltable shells, and then there's the dozens of larval stages they go through, including lampreys, trilobites, sea urchins, clams, and even anglerfish.²** They even have a sponge or coral phase. And when they mate, the males display their crest, but when you get lucky, you're really unlucky: All those who mate die.²* The "something that doesn't exist" from the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' opening theme is a half-turtle, half-unicorn with webbed hind legs.²** The Bango-ru dolls from "The Chronciles of Meap: More than Meaps the Eye" are apparently like custom-made Wuzzles. Stacy orders an adorable bunny-bear, while Candace orders a Bango-ru that's half-cow, half-frog, which... didn't turn out so well.²--->'''Candace''': I just discovered why cows and frogs don't date.²** Also [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz "The Wizard of Odd"]] had Buford as a combination lion, tiger and bear.²--->'''Candance, Jeremy and Baljeet''': Oh my.\²'''Buford''': IfIHadANickel for every time I herd that...²** Within the same series, there is also the Whalemingo, with the body of a whale, and the head, wings, plumage and legs of a flamingo. Also, it's an alien.²* Alfe from ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz'' is supposed to be part human, part dog, and part anteater, although he doesn't really resemble any of those.²* Maleficent's goons from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', which all resemble evil pig-vulture-gorilla-crocodile-things.²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'':²** Scorpan, TheDragon to the first BigBad of the franchise, is for all intents and purposes a baboon with bat wings.²** Tirek also has mooks that can be described as half-orc and half-lizardman.²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':²** Numerous monsters in the show have fit this trope, including:²*** Manticores are lions with bat wings and scorpion tails. "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E6NoSecondPrances No Second Prances]]" has a manticore that also sports a pair of horns.²*** Cockatrices have vaguely draconic bodies and chicken heads.²*** Fruit bats are literally hybrids of bats and fruit. "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E7Bats Bats!]]" introduces "vampire fruit bats", a DarkerAndEdgier form of the same that suck fruit dry of juice.²*** The classic Greek Chimera shows up in season 4. However, its main head is now that of a saber-toothed tiger in place of a lion.²*** Fly-ders are just that -- spiders with fly wings.²*** Maulwurfs are described as [[TooManyHalves half-mole, half-bear, half-raging-pile-of-claws]]. The one in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E19ToChangeAChangeling To Change a Changeling]]" is, in practice, a giant mole with a bearlike stance and the teeth of a pocket gopher.²*** The sphinx in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E17DaringDone Daring Done?]]" is a massive lion-like creature with feathered wings and a pony's head.²*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E9NonCompeteClause Non-Compete Clause]]", the main characters are menaced by a school of biteacudas, piranha-like fish with bat wings.²*** This actively {{Exploited}} in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E26SchoolRazePart2 School Raze]]", where [[spoiler:the main characters hatch a plan to escape Tartarus after having their magic drained by temporarily borrowing the magic inherent in the natures of the chimeric beasts imprisoned there; until their magic is returned, this causes the volunteer monsters to temporarily split into their component animals -- a manticore into a lion and a scorpion, a chimera into a snake, a goat and saber-toothed tiger, a bugbear into a wasp and a panda, and a cockatrice into a cobra and a chicken]].²** Griffins have appeared in in several episodes. The first seen, Gilda, is a classic lion-eagle hybrid. Later griffin designs have been more varied, including things like tiger hindquarters and owl and hawk forequarters.²** Discord, the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification spirit of chaos]], is a vaguely dragon-like creature called a "Draconequus" with the head of a pony and a mish-mash of other animal parts, including an antler, a goat's horn, a lion's paw, an eagle's talon, a deer's leg, a dragon's claw and a snake's tail with a tuft of fur at the end.²** Alicorns such as Celestia and Luna are a combination of the three breeds of pony; the magic of a unicorn (horn), the flight of a pegasus (wings) and the strength of an earth pony (physical strength and size).²** In the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Season 4 finale]], the G4 incarnation Tirek appears as a mix of centaur, baboon and bull.²* Penny, Gumball's girlfriend from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', is an anthropomorphic peanut with antlers.²** The non-anthropomorphic animals from the Forest Of Doom used to be this trope to the extreme, until the show changed the art-style for regular animals, and they were replaced by generic, more realistic ones.²* In Disney ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Alice encounters many creatures of this type which include Bread-and-Butterflies, Rocking-Horseflies, Dog-and-Caterpillars, pencil birds, hammer birds, [[VisualPun umbrella birds]], cage birds, mirror birds, glasses birds, accordion owls, honker ducks, cymbal frogs, timpani frogs, and a broom dog.²* WesternAnimation/CatDog.²* One scene in ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' had the animator erase WesternAnimation/{{Daffy|Duck}}'s entire body, leaving only his head. Daffy then gets angry at him and tells him to draw his body back. The animator doesn't listen, and as a result he instead redraws Daffy as a bizarre quadruped with a flower-shaped head, mismatched feet, and a flagpole for a tail, with Daffy's flag displaying a screw and a ball. The animator then draws a mirror in front of Daffy, causing him to freak out after seeing his reflection.²* In "The Camping Episode" of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Spongebob and Patrick are wary of sea-bears, which are a mix of piranha and bear. Squidward doesn't believe they exist and tempts fate by doing everything Spongebob and Patrick believe attracts sea-bears. [[ButtMonkey Naturally]] this attracts a sea-bear who spends the rest of the episode mauling Squidward. Just when Squidward thinks he's safe after he gets inside Spongebob and Patrick's protective dirt circle (the sea-bear leaves after making a threatening gesture to Squidward -- it ''really'' hates Squidward), a sea-''rhino'' appears. And Squidward isn't wearing anti-sea-rhino underwear...²* Melvin the Monster from the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Hare Raising Night" is one of these, created by Dr. Gene Splicer. He has the head of a dog, the horns of a bull, the body of an orangutan, the wings of a bat, the legs of a pig, and the tail of an alligator. The pictures in Splicer's lab indicate he wasn't the only monster Splicer worked on, and Splicer tried to make Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton into a single species as well.²* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' gives us the hunkicorn: "half hummingbird, half donkey, and [[TooManyHalves half unicorn]]."²--> ''"I hope your Mom wasn't the hummingbird!"''²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'''s B'wana Beast has this as his superpower. He can combine two separate animals into one. Even [[SeenItAll Batman]] thinks it's kinda weird.²* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' has the Rattleskunkupine, which Fanboy describes as "half rattlesnake, half porcupine, all skunk".²* In the ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' episode "I Am Deity", the miniature weasels and baboons breed, which results in waboons and babeasels.²* Centipeetle from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the general body shape of a centipede and a tail and mouth resembling the pincers of a beetle. On top of that, she has a white lion-like mane of hair, [[{{Cyclops}} a single eye]] [[EyesDoNotBelongThere in her mouth]], and acidic saliva.²* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' gives us an example using already fantastical monsters with the [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Gremloblin]], a cross between goblins and gremlins. Apparently, those who gaze into its eyes are shown their worst nightmares and in all cases suffer [[BrownNote catatonia]] from it. Contact with water also makes them turn far more menacing, even growing wings.²** In a later episode, after Mabel witnesses [[ItMakesSenseInContext a Snake and a Badger fall in love]], she excitedly claims that they're going to make a "[[LegoGenetics Snadger]]".²* ''WesternAnimation/DawnOfTheCroods'' follows its source material in having lots of these. Besides the ones already featured in the movie, there are also things such as chickuna (Chicken Tuna).²* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000'' shows that Eddie owns a pet [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile croco]][[BearsAreBadNews bear]] named Mindy.²* [[EvilutionaryBiologist Dr. Gross]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has made several of these, including a scorpion-chipmunk, a mouse-shark, a bee-chicken, and a clock-bear. [[spoiler: Like her, they also have plenty of cybernetic implants.]]²* In ''WesternAnimation/PeppermintRose'', Petalpuff the dragon is half dragon and half elephant.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Unikitty}}'' has the title character, who is half-kitten, half-unicorn. Others include her brother Puppycorn (half-puppy, half-unicorn), her bodyguard Hawkodile (half hawk, half crocodile), and Hawkodile's rival, Eagleator (half-eagle, half-alligator).²* ''WesternAnimation/TheCrumpets'' has José, a pet octopus owned by Grownboy Crumpet who got thrown by a hook rod held one of his younger sisters Blister, and hits a flying mosquito before the two creatures fall to the Crumpet mother's fusing machine and become the episode's namesake "octosquito". José transformed to an octopus with a mosquito proboscis and wings, and he grows, flies, and shoots ink at the other Crumpets in havoc.²* In ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'', the realm of Vallestrella is inhabited by these types of creatures, who are based on the Mexican folk art of [[ alebrijes]]. Notably, the SeriesMascot, the jaquins, are jaguars with the wings of macaws. There are also flaringos (flamingo-giraffe hybrids), butterfrogs (frogs with butterfly wings), peabunnies (bunnies with peacock tail feathers), and sun birds ({{Feathered Serpent}}s, who are based off of {{Quetzalcoatl}}).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* Any discussion with Mix and Match critters must start with the platypus, easily one of the weirdest creatures that ever lived. An animal originally considered so bizarre that it was dismissed as a hoax. It seems fairly benign today, but imagine someone in 1798 receiving pelts of a creature that looked like [[ equal parts duck, beaver and otter]] that also laid eggs. And that was before the male was discovered to be ''venomous''.²** The platypus injects its venom through the spurs on its ''feet''. While not stolen from another animal, it is still a freaky thing to do.²** The female, on the other hand, ''sweats milk''. And both of them can sense electric fields...²** And the best part: this semi-aquatic duck-billed web-footed egg-laying poison-spurred milk-sweating electricity-sensing furred creature is a mammal.²** One of the reasons for the skepticism of scientists was the abundance of fake taxidermied fantastic beasts. Collectors of stuffed deer heads and bearskin rugs looking for something more exotic and you can't get them a giraffe or lion? No problem, just take some bits and pieces from some different animals and sew them together. No one will know the difference. That's why scientists must have inspected every inch of the first few platypus specimens for stitching.²* Well, maybe not the weirdest ''ever'' -- [[ Hallucigenia]] was named because you'd have to be high to even imagine something like it. It looks like somebody combined a worm, an octopus, a hedgehog, and some other things that only a Lovecraft could love.²* Ancient Greek texts described the "cameleopard", a creature with the body of a camel and the markings of a leopard. What they were actually describing was the long-necked, "spotted" giraffe.²* Furthermore, the Greeks and Romans believed the spotted leopard itself was born from a mating of a lion (''leo'') and a cheetah (''gattus pardus'' -- "spotted cat"). Yeah, as wise as the Classical civilizations were, they knew squat about zoology[[note]]or, maybe, more than we thought... turns out that, for cats, the notion that a species is a reproductively isolated population is laughably quaint; if two species in the cat family are of compatible size, it's reasonably likely that they ''can'' interbreed, even if they don't normally do so[[/note]].²** Speaking of the Greeks, in the unknown land, anything goes. People with dogs' heads, people walking on their hands... Both are believed to be distorted reports of baboons.²** Ostriches were traditionally described as having camels' legs by the Greeks and Romans (and the medieval peoples who inherited their knowledge of animals). Compare [[ an ostrich's foot]] with a [[ a camel's foot]], and you'll see where they were coming from.²* It was believed for a long time that African and Asian elephants couldn't interbreed. This was proved wrong by the rather unexpected pregnancy of an Asian female in a zoo where the only males were the African variety. The resulting offspring, born in 1978, had physical traits of both varieties, but unfortunately died of septicaema aged 12 days.²* Ligers ([[Film/NapoleonDynamite bred for their skills in magic, of course]]) and tigons. [[Film/TheWizardOfOz (And bears, oh my!)]] Hoo-boy, let's not even start on [[ hybrid cats]].²** But let's start on the ligers' less fictious claims to awesomeness: mane (the beard of the animal kingdom), golden striped color scheme, being [[GentleGiant twice the size of a tiger, and gentle demeanor]].²* Kirk Cameron's fictitious "Crocoduck", which he believes [[StrawmanPolitical scientists believe]] would be the [[ArtisticLicenseBiology ultimate proof of evolution]].²** Hmm.... snout filled with nasty teeth and a long, powerful tail, but at the same time bipedal and feathers? Wait, we have something like that. It's called a ''dinosaur'' (more specifically, a theropod, and if you want to get really specific, only maniraptoran theropods have vaned feathers).²** [[ Anatosuchus]], a small extinct crocodile with an unusually broad snout whose name literally means "duck crocodile" and has since, rather cheekily, been nicknamed the "Crocoduck".²** Also cheekily, the gag Golden Crocoduck Award is now granted to whichever creationist whackjob is caught on film making the year's stupidest argument against evolution.²** ''Spinosaurus'' is nowadays jokingly referred to as a "Crocoduck", since we now know it had very short hindlegs and webbed feet.²* Sheep-goat chimeras can actually live and they indeed look like both sheep and goat. This is because they're actually two embryos fused together -- one from a sheep, one from a goat.²* Actual experiments conducted recently. Implanting a human-shaped ear on a mouse? [[ Sure.]] Firefly-tobacco hybrid -- a leaf that glows in the dark? [[ Why not?]] With current technology we could go much further were it not for those pesky ethical considerations.²* The Charles R. Knight reconstruction of the dinosaur ''Agathaumas'' (now suspected to be the misidentified remains of another dinosaur) mashed the spiked frill of ''Styracosaurus'' with the three horns of ''Triceratops'', despite the only fossil evidence being of the dinosaur's rear end.²** On a similar note, the popular depiction of pterosaurs as some sort of [[ crazy hybrid]] between ''Pteranodon'' and ''Rhamphorhynchus''. Interestingly, toothed pterosaurs with ''Pteranodon''-like crests did exist in real life. One such genus was named ''Ludodactylus'' or "Toy Finger" as a reference to many depictions of [[ToothyBird toothy pteranodonts]].²* According to a theory by one philosopher of ancient Greece, all animal parts appeared independently and were combined in different possible ways to form whole creatures, but natural selection pruned out all the silly combinations.²** Well, ''most'' of the silly combinations.²* [[ Cracked comes to the rescue again]] with various bizarre and scary hybrids.²** [[ They did it again]]. No flying lemurs, but there is a gliding one!²** So... [[ they did another list again.]]²* The Okapi; the only remaining giraffe that doesn't look like the tall blondes one thinksof when one hears the word; the other four extant species of giraffid are members of the genus ''giraffa'', while the okapi is part of a separate genus. It has the body of a horse, the legs of a zebra, and the head of a giraffe complete with hornlike protrusions known as ossicones… Like the above-mentioned platypus, early okapi carcasses where initially written off as fakes.²** Speaking of Zebras, lets talk about Equines. Most people are familiar with what you get when a donkey and horse mate, [[ a mule]]. But what happens when you cross-breed a Zebra with a horse or a donkey? You get a [[ Zorse]] or [[ Zedonk]] respectively.²** Find any kid that sees a picture of a wildebeest and doesn't say "horned horse".²* Clarus the Dogcow, mascot of the UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh. "Moof!"²* North American folklore has the jackalope, a jackrabbit with antelope horns.²* The Blind Men and Elephant story from India, where a group of blind men mistook each part of an elephant they touched as belonging to separate things (body is a wall, tusks are a spear, trunk is a snake, ear is a fan, tail is a rope).²* One well-known optical illusion depicts a creature that alternately resembles a duck or a rabbit, depending on whether you think of the long, paired structures on its head as a bill or as ears.²* Looking closer at a [[ Mosasaur]], you'd think someone finally managed to take the badass qualities of a shark and a crocodile and combine into one badass dominant marine predator of the Cretacious period.²* [[ Chalicotheres]] looked like a pumped up-cross between a horse and a gorilla. Strangely, its closest relatives are the tapir and rhino.²* The extinct glyptodont species, [[ Doedicurus clavicaudatus]] look like if someone took an ankylosaurus and an armadillo (already two awesome animals by themselves) and combined them into an even more awesome one.²** At the same time, there was a turtle knock-off of both in Australia: ''[[ Meiolania]]''.²* This trope is not SpeculativeFiction at all, for horticulture: many plants for sale in nurseries and garden supply stores are actually a product of grafting, as when a beautiful-but-frail rosebush is fused to a hardy-but-unattractive rootstock.²** Taken to extremes by [[ this tree]], one of a number of "Tree Of 40 Fruits" graft-hybrids produced by artist Sam Van Aken.²* Cetaceans seem to be in the habit of producing fertile hybrid offspring: [[ Harbour porpoise x Dall's porpoise]], [[ false killer whale x bottlenose dolphin]], [[ fin whale x blue whale]].²* There is now [[ a Twitter account]] which tweets solely hypothetial pictures of hybrid creatures.²* Xenografting is the still-experimental medical technique of transplanting organs or tissues between species. Currently it's used in oncology research, transplanting bits of human tumors into laboratory mice so that various cures can be tried out on them.²* The sub-{{Website/Reddit}} [[ HybridAnimals.]]²* ''[[ Caulicephalus]]'' was a pterosaur found in South America that resembled an ''[[ Ornithocheirus]]'' with a ''Pteranodon''-like crest.²* In genetics, the word "chimera" means an animal which contains genetically distinct cells (rather than all cells having the same DNA). This is actually more common than you might guess, since without genetic testing it's (usually) not noticeable. One case where it ''is'' noticeable is male tortoiseshell cats: the tortoiseshell pattern is sex-linked (the gene controlling what type of melanin is produced is on the X chromosome, and in females one of the genes is turned off randomly in each cell early in development, so a cat with one Orange gene and one not-Orange (black) gene will have a mix of orange and black hair). In male cats, there's only one X chromosome, so normally either every cell has the gene for orange pigment or the gene for black pigment (patterns are produced by other genes, which can reduce or turn off the production of pigmentation in some cells). However, some male cats are chimerae with some Orange cells and some not-Orange (black) cells, so they can have both orange and black fur in different places depending on which particular cells happen to be there. (There are also other ways this can happen; the genetics of fur color in cats is complicated.)²** A related genetic term is mosaicism, which is also a case of there being multiple genotypes within a single organism. The end result is similar, with the main distinction being the cause (chimerae happen when multiple fertilized eggs combine; in a mosaic all the cells are from a single fertilized egg, with something having gone "wrong" at some point during cell replication²** This can actually happen to humans too. In one famous case, a women named Lydia Fairchild's children were almost taken away because a DNA test proved they weren't her children. She gave birth to another baby in front of a witness. When tested, the baby turned out not to be her child either. The mystery was eventually solved when a DNA test proved she in effect had her twin sister's ovaries. She got to keep her children.²* Camel-llamas (camas). They have traits of both, looking like a humpless camel with a llama's head.²* The beefalo -- part American bison, part domestic cow. While they have traits of both bison and cattle, they look remarkably like Old World water buffalo, save the horns.²* Flying Fox bats look almost like bats with dog heads.²* The [[ Spider-Tailed Viper]] is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.²* One weird medieval culinary practice, used to perplex and entertain guests at important banquets, was the production of "cockentrices": mix-and-match entrees in which half a chicken or duck were sewn to half a suckling pig, lamb, or young goat. Extreme chefs might add odd delicacies such as bear paws or turtle feet, then decorate them with chain mail and miniature helmets to make them look like a knight in armor.²* The sheepshead fish has what appears to be human teeth.²* ''Homo sapiens'' and ''Homo neanderthalensis'', two species (sometimes thought of as the same species) of human being, who were very similar to each other, intermixed during the later Pleistocene. The result is that most people today have some Neanderthal genes.²* The red panda could be described as 1/4 giant panda, 1/4 raccoon, 1/4 fox, and 1/4 cat.²* The maned wolf is an animal found in South America that looks like a dog with the coloration of a fox and the legs of a deer, as they are disproportionately long for a canine species. The sound it makes it is called a roar-bark because it sounds like a cross between a roar and a bark. Their favorite food is a fruit similar to a tomato. And their urine smells like cannabis. So yeah, they are very strange.²[[/folder]]²²----


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