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  • In Beti-Pahuin Mythology:
    • Ntoutoume Mfoulou once devastated poor Ndoutoume Allogo Minko’s village with a fire ball from his mouth while battling the Flame tribe. The fireball exploded and caused a terrible inferno which could be felt beyond the mountains shielding the village.
    • Eleng Akena’s pet dog rescued her from Engouang Ondo’s wrath by shooting iron balls at him that sent him flying out of the mountain and across the barren landscape to the feet of his companions.
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  • As if being a sea serpent big enough to encircle the world wasn't scary enough, Jormungandr the Midgard Serpent of Norse Mythology also has poisonous breath. In the Final Battle of Ragnarok, Thor breathes in too much of Jormungandr's breath while beating it to death with Mjölnir. He's badass enough to try and keep going, but only manages to take nine steps before finally dying.
  • The Dragon of Beowulf is the fairly standard fire-breathing, treasure-hoarding, cave-dwelling kind. It probably eats people, too, but we never see it.
  • The Chimera of Greek Mythology could breath fire. In some versions, she was actually killed by having a lead tipped spear shoved into its throat causing her to suffocate on the molten lead.
  • Add to the list the dragon Fafnir, of the Völsunga saga, also from Norse Mythology.
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  • Older Than Dirt: In Egyptian Mythology the sacred uraei and serpents of the Duat breathe fire to protect the king and gods.
  • The Nuckelavee of Scottish mythology had diseased breath, which blighted plants and made humans and animals ill.
  • According to the Book of Revelation, when Jesus returns during the end times he will be able to breathe swords... apparently intercontinental ballistic swords... or something
    Revelation 19:15 "And out of his mouth goes forth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations..."
    • In the same book, the red dragon of seven heads that chases the woman dressed with the Sun and crowned with stars attempts to drown her with water coming from its mouth that produces a flood.
  • A common version of the mythological beast catoblepas describes it as having poisonous breath (one description of the poisonous exhalation, curiously, matches the properties of the now-well known toxic gas phosgene).
  • One of the Fomorians, the legendary race who ruled Ireland before the coming of humans, is said to have had a terrible eye that turned people to frozen ice, and breath that touched everything with the blight of deep winter snow and frost. Michael Moorcock wrote the second Corum trilogy as a thinly-velied Expy of Irish myth where the "Fhoi Myore" rule the land.
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  • The tripodero, a humorous cryptid, spits wads of mud at birds and small mammals to bring them down.


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