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Golem must work. Golem must have a master.
Dorfl, Feet of Clay

The Golem is a creature from Jewish folklore which was a figure animated by a holy man. It was generally unable to speak, lacked a soul, and followed orders like an automaton. The original Hebrew word can mean "an unshaped form" or figuratively "a stupid person".

The creature originated in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah, which holds that those who study the holy books and are strong in the ways of the Lord may create imitations of His miracles, but only imperfect ones. As God made Adam from clay, so may a holy man create an imitation of a man, albeit one lacking a soul. Clay remains the favored building material, but alternatives, such as wood, are no objection.

In some versions of the legend, the golem always obeyed its creator but could act as a Literal Genie; the idea of the golem deliberately rebelling was only introduced later. Note that even in the early versions, the Golem usually had to be destroyed for causing destruction or taking meaning from people's lives by making work too easy.


The most famous golem story is that of Rabbi Loew, said to have created the Prague golem in the 16th century to protect the Jewish community. In German-speaking countries, the bestselling novel The Golem (1915) by Gustav Meyrink brought it back to public consciousness and led to a series of silent films; the third film, a prequel from 1920 which shows the origin of the golem (who has the worst case of helmet hair in existence), survives today.

In some versions the golem was animated by writing the Hebrew word for "truth" (אֱמֶת ʼĕméth) on its forehead, and made inert again by erasing the first letter, converting it into the word for "dead" (מֵת mēth). However, other versions included using a "Shem", literally meaning a name and referring to one of the secret names of God. This could be put on its forehead or in the mouth.


Golem means cocoon or pupa in modern Hebrew. Both words are derived of the same linguistic root which means "holding a hidden meaning or potential". This is actually part of the original Kabbalistic aesop behind the Golem tale: the danger of creating a Golem is in its unknown nature. A human could never control or understand another mortal being the way God can.

Often Golems and Improvised Golems are made Born of Magic. A non-living vessel is magically imbued with life and consciousness. Depictions vary whether the golem requires magic to continue functioning after being made. The entry of the golem into popular culture as a fantasy monster is probably Dungeons & Dragons, which called the classic version a "clay golem", and included other types such as Stone, Iron, or the Frankenstein's Monster-like "Flesh Golem". Other fantasy worlds have expanded into substances such as Lead, Wood, Lava, Blood, Mithril, and even more unlikely substances, like Glass, Paper, Wax, Junk and Maggots. And don't even get us started on the ones made of dirty laundry.

More loosely the term can be applied to any robot that is explicitly run on magic rather than technology. Talos, a mythical Greek giant made out of forged bronze, is a good example. Do note it's not without controversy to use the term "golem" outside of its Jewish context and some works go with other terms for the general concept instead, like the aforementioned "robot", "homunuculus" (which more or less are the Christian equivalent of the golem anyway), or the broader meaning of "simulacrum"/"simulacre".

See Rock Monster, Living Statue, Frankenstein's Monster, Snowlems and Artificial Human. Usually a Perpetual-Motion Monster. Sentient Golems may be Nature Loving Robots, doubly so if whatever they are made of has a natural theme to it.

Not to be confused with the other Golem. Or Gollum. Or even the game of the same name.

See also Improvised Golems, for when you don't have time to make a proper golem.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Humongous Mecha from Break Blade are called golems, and most (but not the titular one) live up to the name, being made of special stone and moving with the help of "magic".
  • In Rune Soldier Louie, Louie summons a golem to guard Merrill's gold, with Merrill ordering it to "not let anyone touch my darling jar". The golem then acts as a Literal Genie and steals the jar.
  • The "robot" Emeth from Shaman King is quite obviously a golem, even being created by an Ambiguously Jewish shaman. Hence the name (Emeth = emet.) He is based on the plan of traditional clay golem, but he was then modified by the above-mentioned Ambiguously Jewish shaman with mechanical parts.
  • The golems in Slayers. Zelgadis is also considered part golem due to a curse. This is a bit odd, since Naga (the Serpent) makes and discards golems with impunity. They are occasionally implied to have free will to a degree (one of them even falls in love with the magical construct it was supposed to be fighting), which only increases the oddness. Then again, this is Slayers.
  • RahXephon from RahXephon is in fact one of these, as are the monsters it fights, the Dolems.
  • Touran, a sand golem from Monster Soul. Actually she's a half human hybrid due to having a human mother and a golem father.
  • In the manga/anime Soul Eater, the protagonists Maka and Soul fight a golem wielding a chainsaw.
  • Corona, one of Vivio's two friends from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid, has the ability to create these in an instant.
  • A golem named Golem is one of the secondary characters in Shukufuku no Campanella. Even if he is made of stone, he's owned by the comic relief Tortilla sisters, and gets into as many hijinks as they do. Witness him fall prey to gravity, wear an apron and blush over Leicester.
  • A villain named Shelley Cromwell appears in the last few episodes of the first season of A Certain Magical Index, and her magic allows her to summon a golem named "Ellis". The details of the golem reveal she converted the original Hebraic script into English and utilized Christian iconography, such as the symbol of the cross and names of archangels, to empower it.
  • The title character of Anpanman is a golem made of bread (his head is made of bread, anyway . . . the rest of him is never explicitly explained).
  • In a Fairy Tail filler saga, the villain Daphne uses Lizardman-like monsters which are stated to be some kind of Golem by Wendy.
  • In Berserk, golems are figures made out of mud. They look cute, but they're very resilient and will regenerate any damage done to them until the little clay figurine within them is destroyed. They're used by the witch, Flora, to safeguard her home as well as to carry out domestic chores.
  • The Golem girls in Deadline Summonner and 12 Beast share similar traits, in that they resemble little girls with massive robotic hands with built-in cannons, headphones, and facial piercings. In the latter, they can also pilot Humongous Mecha. They seem to be made of Magitek.
  • The Digimon franchise has Golemon. Of course, whatever the theme of a Digimon is, all Digimon are living data, but the first Golemon we met was one of many artificial Monster of the Week mon created from control spires by Arukenimon, and a few seasons later more were created from dirt by Grumblemon. As such, the ones we met really were golems, though it needn't go for the whole species.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, things created through the ability Order Stamp have a lot of similarities to the golem: The user can create or find something at least vaguely humanoid in shape, and then use the Order Stamp to mark the signifier for "human" on its head to allow it to move on its own. Like the classic golems, beings animated in this way do not have souls or personalities but will follow simple commands from the stamp's wielder.
  • In Kutsuzure Sensen, a golem saves the Jewish protagonist Nadya when she's captured in Berlin.

    Card Games 
  • Munchkin has the Stoned Golem, who has the munchies and thinks halflings look tasty.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yhe Rock creature type consists of essentially any living creatures made of non-metallic parts (their robotic, technological counterpart being the Machine creature type).
    • Elemental HERO Clayman is a pretty obvious shout-out to the Golem or Prague.

    Comic Books 
  • In the DC Universe, the Monolith is a golem (though he breaks the rule by being able to speak). Additionally, the Thing from the Marvel Universe was inspired by the Golem (he's even Jewish).
  • One of Pre-Crisis Lex Luthor's most powerful inventions was an android created from matter dating back to the earliest moments of the universe. He named it the Galactic Golem, and its power was centered on a glowing point on its forehead, where the inscription on a golem would be.
  • In the Fantastic Four story "The Yancy Street Golem", Ben "The Thing" Grimm, who himself is Jewish (but not a golem, despite his appearance), encounters a golem terrorizing his old neighborhood, so he goes to check it out; the golem was brought over to the U.S. with Mrs. Loew's great-grandfather, and after confronting the golem and having a talk with him, the Thing convinces the golem that while he was useful in his time (which has long since passed), that the times have changed and he's no longer needed like he once was, so the golem resigns himself to his fate and settles among the soil of the riverbed, with Thing wondering how long it will be before his time may come to a close one day.
  • One appears in Grant Morrison's epic Seven Soldiers of Victory, including the Hebrew letters.
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story "Kaddish", Donatello encounters one of these robbing stores in a Brooklyn neighborhood in order to support a boy in his care. The story makes mention of the main elements of the golem legend—Rabbi Lowe, "emet"/"met"—and subverts some of them.
  • Fantasia Faust, an iron golem under a permanent all-senses illusion (it looked like a sexy woman) was sent to attack the Elementals at one point. She later crossed over into Ironwood. She is far from the typical example, being sentient and normally indistinguishable from human.
  • An old Jewish man creates a golem to attack his perceived persecutors (imagining skinheads as Nazis), and Batman has to force him to destroy it.
  • In a really old issue of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles, on a quest to retrieve what basically amounts to an Expy of Excalibur, encounters an antagonistic sorceror who decides to ruin Knuckles' day, apparently just for fun (it actually turns out he's got the sword Knuckles is looking for). So he casts a few spells and "brings forth a golem made of metal". Knuckles bitches about how they should leave the robots to Robotnik.
  • Traditionally, Wonder Woman is born when her mother, Hippolyta, crafts a baby out of clay and prays to the gods to give her life. This has been Ret Conned in the New 52, though, where she is the natural daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus.
  • Thessaly from Thessaly: Witch for Hire (a spin-off from The Sandman) had a golem in her house that she used primarily as a coat-rack. When it comes alive to defend her, Fetch expresses surprise that she knows Jewish magic. She points out that when a magic user becomes as powerful as she is, magic loses all its cultural barriers.
  • Speaking of The Sandman, The Endless create their own golem, Eblis O'Shaughnessy, to act as emissary at Dream's death.
  • Atomic Robo is not a traditional golem. He is, however, Jewish. When Robo was granted U.S. citizenship and human rights, several religious groups protested the decision. Robo converted to Judaism because some New York rabbis supported him - in part because the golem legend had prepared them for something like Robo, and in part because they wanted to help a fellow New Yorker. Also Brian Clevinger thought the idea of a Jewish robot was hilarious.
  • Doctor Who Magazine: the Eleventh Doctor encounters the Golem of Prague in the comic strip "The Broken Man".
  • In James Sturm's The Golem's Mighty Swing, a black player joins a barnstorming Jewish baseball team in pre-integration 1920s. In order to keep the Moral Guardians at bay, he conceals his ethnicity by dressing as the golem from Paul Wegner's 1920 film.
  • Minder in DC's 80s Forgotten Realms comic was an unusual example even for the setting, being a clearly intelligent, speaking, and even heroic iron golem rather different from the usual (A)D&D automata. The golem body is eventually revealed to actually house the spirit of an old friend and fellow adventurer of the Realms Master's own captain (and high-level wizard), Dwalimor Omen; she even survives the destruction and reforging of her physical form near the end of the series' run.
  • According to The Multiversity Guidebook #1, the Captain Ersatz of The Thing from Earth-7 is named Golem; this is most likely a reference to the Thing’s Jewish background.
  • In Adventure Time: Candy Capers, Peppermint Butler uses dark magic to create a conjoined-twins golem to replace Finn and Jake as heroes. Naturally, it goes berserk.
  • 2000 AD:
    • Caballistics, Inc.: An Israeli occult division creates a Golem to kill the immortal Nazi Solomon Ravne, aka "Der Teuffel", for his crimes in the Holocaust. However, the Golem is stopped by Demon-Jenny for her own reasons.
    • Fiends of the Eastern Front: A Rabbi makes one in Stalingrad. It's about the only thing Constanta is afraid of. Turns out the Mamayev Kurgan is also one.
    • A golem in the form of a Rock Monster shows up in Aquila when Nero sends Aquila to kill Peter, priest of the carpenter god Jesus Christ. We know it's a golem because it was sent by Eleazar, priest of the desert god Jehovah.
  • One of the allies of The Invaders was The Golem, a Jewish man who gained the ability to assume a durable clay form after an accident.
  • In Project Superpowers, the Boy King makes use of a giant golem to compensate for his lack of superhuman abilities.
  • In the comics, Drax the Destroyer was created specifically to destroyer Thanos by Thanos's father and grandfather. Doubles as an Artificial Human and Our Homunculi Are Different.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): In the last issue of The Contest the White Magician animates the very ground and concrete beneath Artemis and Diana as a giant humanoid fighter which dissipates and returns to dust once defeated. His giant stone golems make a reappearance later when several of them attack Widow Saiza in a failed attempt to kill the mob boss.
  • In "The Statue that Came to Life", Hawkman's enemy is a sculptor named Boris Nickaloff who has invented plasm-clay. By carving it into human shape piece by piece and injecting it with adrenalin, the form comes to life and is loyal. Nickaloff names his first creation Czar and has him steal for him with the intention of financing a trip to South America where he'll create an entire army of plasm-clay men. However, Hawkman learns that the statue-man breathes and aims to choke him with a bolas. Nickaloff, protective of his creation, jumps in the weapon's path and is suffocated himself. The statue-man flees and Hawkman gives chase after retrieving the bolas. His next throw does strangle the statue-man.
  • In the chilean comic Adam Kayser and the Immortals, the protagonist is an intelligent, heroic and human-looking golem - most of the time - although his powers resemble more to those of Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. He is also Ambiguously Jewish, or at least he hates the Nazis for the horrible things they did with him during World War 2.
  • In the argentine horror comic Martin Hel, from screenwriter Robin Wood, a story has Martin following the trail of, apparently, the Golem of Prague, a trail consisting of dismembered corpses.
  • A story of Diablo (Chile) involves a golem created by a rabbi to take revenge on a vudu sorcerer, unfortunately the story was incomplete and without a true ending.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The above-mentioned silent movie classic The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam), about the Golem of Prague, starring director Paul Wegener as the Golem, Albert Steinrück as Rabbi Loew and Ernst Deutsch as his helper.
  • The protagonist from Jan Švankmajer's Faust briefly creates and then destroys a baby golem.
  • Referred to in Inglourious Basterds where German soldiers are said to believe that Donny Donowitz "the Bear Jew" (Eli Roth) is really a vengeful golem.
  • Stranger Than Fiction: Harold Crick should have been happy to find out he was not a Golem.
  • A quickly unhinged Roddy McDowall gains control of a nigh-invincible Golem in the lesser known 1966 horror film It! Containment attempts also quickly become unhinged.
  • The Garthim from the film The Dark Crystal may have been golems or a local equivalent. They appear to be made of a dark metal and, upon death/deactivation, fall apart to reveal that they are merely shaped plates surrounding a hollow interior.
  • The golem prominently appears in the Czech film Císařův pekař - Pekařův císař.
  • King Caesar, introduced in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is a shisa-like kaiju-sized golem who acts as the sacred guardian of an Okinawan family. He spends most of his time sleeping in an inanimate state inside a mountain and can be awakened with a song, which the family uses just in time to wake him up so he can help Godzilla fight his mechanical double. He later reappears in Godzilla: Final Wars under the control of the Xilliens, forcing Godzilla to fight him as well as Anguirus and Rodan.
  • Pulgasari has the titular Pulgasari himself, who started his life as a small clay statuette which came to life thanks to a drop of blood falling on it. He grows from a cute little critter to a gargantuan, minotaur-like being who enjoys eating anything made of steel and eventually helps release the inhabitants of a suffering kingdom from its oppressive government. Problem is, he eventually turns against the very same people he was meant to protect.
  • The Scorpion King: The fifth movie Book of Souls features an clay golem named Enkidu in ancient Mesopotamia charged with protecting The Chick from anyone who would harm her. Its also never clarified if his creator was a Jewish rabbi.

  • Book of Imaginary Beings: Golems are men of clay animated by the word emet written upon their foreheads or by a tablet placed under their tongues, which can be killed (or at least rendered inanimate, as they are not truly alive) by erasing the m in emet (truth) to turn it into met (death) or by removing the tablet. They are brought to life through the kabbalah, generally in emulation of God's act of creation, in order to act as servants and workers.
  • One of the earliest use of the folkloric clay golem in literature is in the 1812 novella Isabella von Ägypten, Kaiser Karl des Fünften erste Jugendliebe ("Isabella of Egypt, first love of Emperor Charles the Fifth's youth") by German romantic poet and writer Achim von Arnim. The heroine, Isabella, daughter of the wrongfully executed king of European gypsies, in the course of the story finds herself competing for the love of the future emperor with a golem Doppelgänger of herself called Bella.
  • Famed reporter Egon Erwin Kisch, who came from a German-speaking Jewish Prague family that claimed descent from Rabbi Loew, started working at a German newspaper in Prague before World War 1. In the process of writing a series of articles on localities in Prague, he related how he tried to find the original golem in the rafters of the Altneuschul synagogue. This helped raise interest in the golem legend in Prague and, according to Kisch, led to Gustav Meyrink writing the novel Der Golem, which then led to a bit of a golem fashion in Germany as well as Austria.
  • Fablehaven: Hugo, a golem of earth and soil who gradually gains free will and a conscious mind after being destroyed and then rebuilt by fairies.
  • Xanth: Golems are made from various things. They have different talents, and can become real. Grundy Golem is rude and Silicia can alter a bit of reality. Also Grundy had a child, Surprise.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: In The Last Olympian, it's revealed that most of the statues in New York and quite a few elsewhere are actually golems built by Daedalus, requiring only a codephrase to turn them into an instant army.
  • Discworld: Golems are a bit like the classical golem from Hebrew folklore, and a bit more like Magitek versions of robots. Ancient priests would form a human-like figure out of clay, fire it, and then place a fragment of holy script, or chem, in their head, animating them. Golems can survive all manners of catastrophe and so the majority of modern-day golems are in fact surviving golems from destroyed civilizations that have been recovered from ruins. No "current" wizards or priests know how to make golems anymore, and most (unmodified) golems are unable to speak. They communicate by writing on slates (and in a nice bit of Painting the Medium, their writing is a Hebraic-looking script).
    • In Interesting Times, Rincewind rediscovers the lost Red Army of the first ruler of the Agatean Empire. In reference to the terra cotta soldiers of his Real Life Chinese counterpart, it consists of thousands of lightning-powered golems.
    • In Feet of Clay, the golem Dorfl gains full sentience, and becomes an atheist (in a world full of very active, lightning-happy gods, which is why he's lucky to be made out of clay). The method by which Dorfl is set free is worth a mention - Carrot bought him and amended his chem (the magic words in his head) with the sales receipt. It's implied that later golems have been doing something similar, as they save up and buy each other from their owners. They immediately go back to working for practically nothing, but on the other hand, golems do not sleep or rest, so as Dorfl notes, Vimes will have to pay them twice as much. Also, Golems know the secret of making more golems.
    • In Making Money, Ankh-Morpork's economy was placed on the "golem" standard, each dollar's value being backed up by a fixed amount of work performed by the several thousand golems acquired by the city. Much like the original myths, it became necessary to seal away the golems out of fear they would completely destroy the economy. The golems involved are much less autonomous than the norm and have their chem etched right into their head so it can't be altered; their effect on the native golems is compared to the way humans feel about non-sentient undead.
    • The priests of Tsort apparently still construct golems, crafted in the image of their animal-headed gods, as tomb guardians for their royal pyramids (Mort).
    • It is very possible that Oscar, the golden statue guarding the Paramount against intrusion from the Dungeon Dimensions in Moving Pictures, is a specialised golem created for this purpose alone.
    • In I Shall Wear Midnight, city witch Mrs Proust animates a bronze equestrian statue into a sort of impromptu golem when she needs a fast escape from a witch-burning mob.
    • In Going Postal, The central protagonist is tasked with revitalising the Postal Service with the assistance of a Golem named Mr. Pump, who offers his employment freely, much to the annoyance of Adora Belle Dearheart, representative of the Golem Union.
  • Bas-Lag Cycle: Iron Council explores a magical discipline called "golemcrafting", wherein magicians channel power into anything that isn't living. Most of the Golems created are fairly standard (blade, flesh, metal, clay, wood), However the main character of Iron Council creates increasingly more fantastic golems some of the more memorable ones being: poison, light, dark, and time.
  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy: In Book Two, the Golem is a tool originally invented by Czech magicians as a counter to demon magic, and controlled by the book's Big Bad, Henry Duvall. In this book series, the Golem manifests as a 10-foot tall man of clay, immensely strong, anathema to normal magic, that wraps itself in a shroud of living darkness and freezing cold, is remotely controlled through a clay eye embedded in its forehead (making it really a giant remote-controlled war automaton), and can only be stopped by removing the scroll, placed in the Golem's mouth, that holds the spell that turned a quarry corner into a clay man. Nasty. Only a human can remove the scroll, as any proximity to a Golem completely saps all demons of their power, making golems the Achilles' heel of magicians who tend to rely completely on their demons. The safest way to deal with a golem is to find and kill its controller. Harking back to the golem's original roots, they are described as being originally created by Loew to protect Prague's Jewish community.
  • The Wheel of Time series has the gholam, essentially vampiric T-1000s with invulnerability to magic and pretty much everything else. Yeah. They unnerved the Dark Side so much that only six were ever made, and only one is known to still exist in the present day.
  • American Gods: A golem is mentioned in passing as part of an army of gods and mythical beings. It's an original Jewish type golem, and is accompanied by a man implied to be Rabbi Loew.
  • Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay features a theme of superheros as golems. The two Jewish protagonists attempt to make modern-day golems by creating comic book superheros who protect the innocent, as golems supposedly protected Jewish ghettos. Kavalier's first pitched superhero is a literal golem. (Before he came to America Kavalier helped his rabbi steal & secret away the genuine Golem of Prague (which is in storage in a big box), so it wouldn't be destroyed by the Nazis.)
  • Magnus recalls once battling a golem that was the basis for the Frankenstein legend.
  • In Simon R. Green's Nightside series, the local neo-Nazis quit putting on demonstrations after a gang of golems showed up at their last march and kicked their asses up and down the street. While time-traveling to the Nightside's past, John and Suzie notice a golem, complete with Hebrew script etched into its forehead, among the period-appropriate passersby and street riffraff.
  • Foucault's Pendulum contains a story within the story in Belbo's diary, where John Dee encounters the Golem of Prague and destroys it in self-defense.
  • Harry Turtledove wrote a short story about a traditional Golem which saves a Jewish family from the Holocaust during World War II. He/it is "killed" when a Nazi bullet strikes the first letter of the word carved on his forehead and erases it, changing it from 'emet' to 'met'.
  • The late David Wisniewski authored a children's book, simply titled Golem, which tells the story of the creation of the Golem. Although the story is fairly straightforward, the book is especially notable for its stunning use of cut-paper illustrations; an excellent example can be found here.
  • Two large stone golems guards the Tarephen Shrine in Chronicles of the Emerged World. Nihal must destroy the central letter on their foreheads in order to beat them down.
  • Marge Piercy's He, She, and It has a cyberpunk update to the tale. A free Jewish enclave builds a Ridiculously Human Robot to help their small settlement defend itself against a Mega-Corp. The protagonist is a freshly-divorced programmer sent to teach it human mannerisms. The novel itself cuts between the tale of Prague golem of the 16th century and the 20 Minutes into the Future version programmed by the threatened enclave.
  • Rook from Fantasy Strike is a Golem made from stone. He is implied to be the only one in the world.
  • Talus, the 'yron page' from The Faerie Queene. No points for guessing his names inspiration, though unlike that one, Talus is man sized, though still capable of pushing giants off cliffs and beating down an entire castle with his Epic Flail.
  • In Keith Laumer's "Bolo" universe, Bolos are artificially intelligent tanks, often with their own personalities. A Bolo without its AI and under the control of human operators—essentially without a mind of its own—is called a Golem.
  • In Neil Asher's The Polity books, "Golem" is the official designation of the setting's combat androids.
  • In The Twelfth Enchantment, one character Ms Emmett is a golem of the 'truth on the forehead' type. She ends up erasing her own letters to 'dead' to prevent being used against Lucy
  • In the Cory Doctorow story "Return to Pleasure Island" golems (although the actual word is never used) are a sentient race of clay giants who reproduce by breaking off parts of themselves, usually the thumb, that then grow. A right thunb child is strong, even for a golem. A left thumb child is smarter. A child of the tongue is...a mistake.
  • One was included during the conclusion of Snow In August.
  • The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Evil Willow trilogy had Willow make a Riley-golem that was possesed by Riley, who had died in that 'verse.
  • In Soulless, the automaton used by the Hypocras Club operates in a similar way to a golem, with the Latin word for 'alive' (vixi- actually translates to 'I have lived') written on its forehead. In order to stop the automaton from working, the word needs to be rubbed off/erased.
  • Referenced in the 1632 series novella The Wallenstein Gambit. A woman the protagonists meet is the granddaughter of Rabbi Loew, and she claims her grandfather, the great Talmudic scholar, would be turning in his grave if he knew that the legend of the Golem was his great legacy.
  • The thunderclasts of The Stormlight Archive. Giant dog-like stone monsters, created by a Voidspren possessing part of the ground and just pulling itself out of the surrounding rock.
  • In The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, John Dee sends a golem after the Flamels and the twins.
  • In Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy the Humongous Mecha that guard the Jewish ghetto in Istanbul are called Golems, while the Muslims call theirs Djinn, the Greeks Minotaurs, and the Romanians have werewolves.
  • In the Ted Chiang short story, Seventy Two Letters, we have a world where the Kabbalah is Science and the industrial revolution came not from machines, but from harnessing the power to create and program Golems, or Automata, as most of the characters call them. The Seventy Two Letters of the title refer to the word that animates them and functions like some sort of programming language for the automata.
  • In David Brin's Kiln People most people copy their "standing waves" onto golems made from clay impregnated with bioengineered cells that have enough energy for a day or so of life before dissolving into slurry. This allows them to multi-task rather effectively.
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker features an unusually human-like golem.
  • The golems in Shaman Blues are made of graveyard earth and animated by creator's magic, or magic "borrowed" via rithual sacrifice. Their level of coherence and intelligence depends on how much magic energy was used to animate them.
  • In Unsong, the Lubavitcher Rebbe turns the Statue of Liberty into a golem to save New York City from the forces of Hell.
  • In Tales of the Ketty Jay, Bess is a superhumanly strong golem made from a suit of armour. Originally Bess was an 11 year old, aristocrat girl who was murdered by her uncle Crake (a demonologist who had been possessed). Horrified by what he had done, Crake bound Bess's soul to the closest viable thing at hand, which was the suit of armour. Now Bess is little more than a toddler mentally and spends her days as the team muscle when not kept in storage. At the end of the series, it turns out that the ruler of the land has an army of similar but more powerful golems at his beck and call.
  • Edward Cox's The Relic Guild series has the sorcerous race of Thaumaturges, who are angelic beings a la The Lord of the Rings wizards. Those Thaumaturges that fell from grace and turned on their creator, would become the vampire-like Genii. Besides sucking blood from their victims, the Genii also carried a virus that would convert the dead victim's flesh into a stony compound and the victim (now called a golem) is totally loyal to the Genii.
  • The Changeling trilogy by Sean Williams features creatures referred to as "golems", though they don't much resemble the traditional depiction; for one thing, they're Energy Beings.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Used as an analogy in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles where Sarah mentions the golem twice. The first time describes only the version of the story where it turns on its creator, as voice over for a scene where an evil Terminator is getting facial reconstruction. The second is at the end of the episode, describing other versions of the story and comparing the creator and golem to a parent and child (her and John).
  • The X-Files:
    • In episode "Kaddish", a golem is created that looks like a Hasidic Jew killed by neo-Nazis, to get revenge on the murderers.
    • "Arcadia" has the agents undercover in a stepford-esque planned community, where a resident has created a golem of garbage (called The Übermensch) to keep the neighbors in line. The thing is called a tulpa, a Tibetan thoughtform which is pretty similar.
  • The Mooks in Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger are Golem Soldiers, aka the Putty Patrol in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. These are actually good examples of Golems, as they're made from clay to none-too-brightly go about the makers' bidding (but then, the same goes for the Monster of the Week).
  • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive's Chillers are ice-based but there's little difference to golems beyond that.
  • In GoGo Sentai Boukenger:
    • Gaja's Mooks are stone, created from small stones that grow when thrown, and are often compared to the Golems.
    • An actual Jewish-style golem appears as a Monster of the Week. It's even defeated in the traditional way, by destroying the first letter on its forehead. Weirdly, the Miniskirt Santa that brought the golem apparently meant for it to be a Christmas present.
  • An evil wizard from Charmed had a golem as his minion which looked like the wizard when he was young.
  • The Artifact of the Week in a Warehouse 13 episode could turn people to golems.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Everbody Hates Hitler", the rabbis of the Judah Initiative made one to fight the Thule Society during World War II. By the modern day it's been bequeathed to a non-observant Jewish guy who doesn't know what to do with it because he never paid attention to his grandfather's teachings. In fact, he used the pages of the instruction manual he was given as wrapping papers for his smokes. The golem is a little ticked off by this, since it is supposed to receive guidance from its rabbi, not the other way around. It looks like a human man who's taken a truckload of steroids, but is still made of clay that sometimes comes off at the touch.
  • The Haven episode "Double Jeopardy" had a person's Trouble bring Lady Justice (the blindfolded lady with a sword and balance scales) to life as a golem, and she became a murderous vigilante. She looked human, but is still made of rock or clay, only visible if she breaks. She had Super Strength, could either teleport or use Super Speed, could conjure up objects like swords and balance scales, and could instantly rebuild herself if broken.
  • An episode of The Adventures of Superboy had a golem constructed to protect the resident Jewish population from bigots. Unfortunately, his master's definition of "protect" started to move dangerously close to "avenge", but both were brought back from the edge before they made Face Heel Turns. This version of a golem was visually indistinguishable from a human, except for the Hebrew word for "life" inscribed on his skin somewhere; removing the word would end its life. The final scene revealed that the man who was advising Clark and Lana about dealing with golems had that same mark on him.
  • In the Grimm episode "Dyin' on a Prayer" a Portland rabbi possesses the remains of the Golem of Prague and uses them to summon the golem to protect his nephew from violent in-laws. The golem goes beyond his control and has to be stopped by placing a Shem in its mouth.
  • In this skit from the Israeli satirical skit show The Jews Are Coming, Rabbi Loew and his assistant Zalman try to create one (parodying Frankenstein), but he keeps pointing out cases of Fridge Logic in Orthodox Judaism, and they have to make him dumber and dumber to make him stop. Ultimately, they leave him without a head at all... but then they can’t put a yarmulke on him.
  • The Magicians: Margo finds out an ex-boyfriend made a golem twin of her which he uses as a sexbot, to her outrage and disgust.

    Myths & Religion 
  • One useful property of a golem was that it wasn't a Jew (or even human) and was therefore not subject to the laws of Shabbat. Golems could thus be used to light fires, etc. on days of rest. This isn't universal. In the most popular telling of the Golem of Prague, the Jews are distressed that the creature might end up killing all the Gentiles, leaving no one to light the Sabbath lamps. In the same story, there is some debate as to whether a golem counts toward a minyan, a quorum of ten Jewish men required to say prayers. The answer is "no", and is the basis for saying that a golem is not an actual person.
  • A legend has the eleventh-century Rabbi Solomon ibn Gabirol of Spain create a woman "to serve him." When someone reports him to the authorities (presumably on suspicion of his engaging in hanky-panky with someone he wasn't married to) he shows them that the woman is made of wood, and disassembles it.
  • In the tales of Rabbi Loew's golem, the creature has additional powers, namely invisibility (when given a special amulet) and the ability to heat up its body. Like the rule about a golem being unable to speak due to it not having a soul, these powers are often not used in adaptations.
  • A WWII addendum to the tales of Rabbi Loew's golem says that after deporting the Jews of Prague, some Nazis were going through the attic of the main Synagogue (where the remains had been placed according to some tellings) and encountered something that left them catatonic or dead from fright, depending in the version of the story.
  • In a story retold by Jakob Grimm, a Jewish man creates a servant golem but neglects to deactivate him before he grows too big and potentially dangerous. Finally the man tells the golem to take off its boots. As it bends over to do so, the man erases the first letter of emet from its forehead, changing the word from "emet" to "met" which means dead in Hebrew, whereupon the now-shapeless clay falls over, crushing him to death.
  • Golems don't have to be humanoid. One legend says that some rabbis were traveling in the desert without food, so they crafted a cow, made it real and slaughtered it.
  • From the Prose Edda: To assist their champion Hrungnir in his appointed duel with Thor, the giants of Jotunheim form an artificial giant from clay and bring him to life by putting a mare's heart into his chest (as this is the largest heart they can find). Unfortunately, the titanic creature, which is called Mökkurkalfi, is also a coward, and is dispatched by Thor's servant Thjalfi with relative ease.

  • A golem is one of the selectable player characters in Magic Girl.

  • Dice Funk: Something that sounds an awful lot like a golem bursts up through the ground. The party fled so fast that they don't actually know if it was one or not, although they refer to it later as such.

    Pro Wrestling 

  • Global Guardians PBEM Universe:
    • One of the "superheroes" on the state-sponsored Israeli national hero team is a golem that seems to have stepped right out of the Rabbi Loew legend. Whether this is the actual Golem of Prague, or a new creation using the same process, is a carefully-guarded state secret.
    • Mister Magic, a Jewish super-sorcerer who gets his powers from Kaballah, has occasinally employed golems in his fight against supervillains.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Promethean: The Created has the Tammuz, nicknamed the Golems, who are based heavily on the stories of the golem. They're brought to life in the dirt, usually bear the word of life somewhere on their body, and were originally created for purposes of servitude.
    • While the Tammuz are literally referred to as Golems, it's important to remember that basically all of the characters are a type of golem.
    • In second edition, the Unfleshed encompass Prometheans created from simulacra of humans, including the traditional golem. They get the 1e Tammuz's origin of being created for servitude, their animating humour drives them to be obedient, unemotional, and mechanical, and they have a tendency to lash out at those trying to control them when they get too stressed.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Eldar wraith-constructs are made of psychically-sensitive wraithbone and animated by the souls of the dead. The setting being what it is, of course, they are armed with one of the more horrible BFG's ever devised.
    • Chaos has various Daemon engines which are usually clanky mechanical creations that have a daemon implanted inside to power and control the constructed husk.
  • Warhammer:
    • The Ushabti, living statues carved into the likeness of the gods the Tomb Kings used to worship.
    • Anything within the Tomb King's army labeled as a "construct" falls into this. While it's implied they did use the bones of long-dead creatures, they're still largely constructed out of wood and stone. The Sphinxes are the extremes, impossibly tall animated statues, some of which are capable of flying on stone wings.
  • In the GURPS Infinite Worlds RPG, one of the alternate worlds is code-named "Kaballah". It is currently in the 17th century and is undergoing an early Industrial Revolution powered by mass-produced Golems. Since only Rabbis can produce Golems, this has significantly altered the way Jews are treated in that world ...
  • Magic: The Gathering numbers quite a few golems among its artifact creatures. (Which is a bit of Retcon for some of the older ones since artifact creatures originally didn't have creature types of their own.) Possibly the most famous of them is Karn, the pacifist silver golem who eventually became a planeswalker in his own right.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has both golems proper and a number of other golem-like monsters (constructs), such as the Stone Guardian and the Caryatid Column.
    • Golems are generally named for their material (Iron Golem, Stone Golem, etc.), powered by a bound elemental, and immune to most forms of magic.
    • Also the half-golem template, which is a fantasy version of Cybernetics Eat Your Soul.
    • The old Basic/Expert/etc rules had even more of these than AD&D, with "living statues" as low-level golem equivalents, and juggernauts or iron gargoyles for when regular golems just aren't a challenge anymore.
    • Edition 3.5 (as part of the Eberron setting) introduces the warforged - a race of playable constructs who reference the golem myths by having a fingerprint-like ghulra appear on their forehead when animated. Given the number of Black Boxes involved in warforged creation, no one is sure why this happens.
  • In the spirit of Frankenstein, golems in the Ravenloft setting are often animated by the sheer power of their makers' obsessions, rather than by magic. Such "dread golems" have a nasty track-record for turning on their creators, to whom they have a psychic connection. There's even a direct expy of Frankenstein and his monster as a Darklord duo.
    • The long and short of it is that D&D has had many golems and golem-type creatures ("Constructs") over the years, especially in 3.5.
  • Pathfinder adopts the classic flesh, clay, stone, and iron golems of D&D, and adds many new ones, like fossil golems, coral golems, wax golems, and cannon golems. Additionally, all golem types can be alternatively created as shield guardiansnote , granting them magical defensive abilities and an amulet that allows the bearer to command it.
  • Underworld has Junkmen as golem PCs too, along with little bitty mini-golems that look like ambulatory soda cans.
  • Exalted has the Alchemical Exalted, which are clay and magical material constructs, animated with the souls of repetitive (through reincarnation) heroes who are created to serve their people and Patropolis/Metropolis. As they advance in power they receive huge bodies, and ultimately become a living city themselves.
  • Golems are the basic troops of AT-43's Therians, only here they are made out of Nanomachines (the sci-fi clay), and have creepy doll faces.
  • Champions: Enemies: The International File included a villain called Kabbalah; a Jewish mystic who commanded a traditional style golem.
  • Deadlands allows Holy Men who happen to be rabbis of the Qabbala sect to attempt the creation of a golem. However, it is a horror-genre game, so the usual hazards apply.
  • Harebrained Schemes has the digitally enhanced miniatures board game Golem Arcana, set in a world where Religion Is Magic, magical "Knights" control golems and colossal golems and use magic by invoking Ancient Ones.
  • Ars Magica:
    • Item Crafting rules let a Hermetic mage create "Automata" with a year-long process. They can be highly customized, but each comprises a Body that determines its physical power, an animating Impetus that determines its agility, and a Heart that houses its mind at minimum.
    • Jewish mystics can create Golem guardians, which, unlike most supernatural constructs in the game, are animated by Divine power rather than by magic. They're bound to do no harm, but can be driven insane if their creator commits some great moral transgression.
  • Rifts: Golems are colossal figures created by drawing a pentagram in animal blood, placing a rough humanoid clay form within it, giving it two onyxes for eyes and an iron heart, and placing a single drop of the magician's drop on its forehead to spring it to life. Golems have no will of their own and no emotions, and exist only to obey the commands of their creator; if their maker dies, they will just keep following their last command until destroyed. They're ungodly tough and entirely invulnerable to anything meant to affect something with biology or a mind — they cannot be charmed, hypnotized or sent to sleep, or harmed by most harmful spells — and are highly resistant to physical and energy damage. Even tougher stone and metal variants also exist.

    Video Games 
  • NetHack borrows the Dungeons & Dragons versions. Stoneing any other type of golem will turn it into a stone golem. Also, using a wand of cancellation on a clay golem erases the word of life on its forehead, destroying it. There's a gold golem which turns into a pile of gold coins when killed and a paper golem which turns into blank scrolls when killed. The Slash'EM variant additionally has a plastic golem which turns into credit cards when killed, a wax golem which turns into candles when killed, several gemstone golems which turn into their type of gem when killed, and a glass golem which turns into worthless fake gems when killed.
  • Super Mario Bros. has Whomps, although they are more rectangular than a conventional golem.
  • Kingdom of Loathing plays with the idea of the golem, making them out of all sorts of unusual materials: candied yams, pencils, even one made out of a collapsed mineshaft. In the theoretically endless area (Fernswarthy's Basement?) one can encounter N Bottles of Beer on a Golem, which is about what it sounds like.
  • BIONICLE: Maze of Shadows: the Energized Protodermis Entity animates some pillars in its lair to become Living Walls to attack the Toa Metru.
  • Despite its name, the Pokémon Golem isn't really an example, as it is a Rock Monster that is formed naturally (well, if you count being mutated from a different rock monster by radiation from a teleportation machine "natural", anyway). The four Regis, however, are golems. The original trio; made of stone (Regirock), ice (Regice), and metal (Registeel) possibly represent the three ages of humanity (Stone Age, Ice Age, and Iron/Metal/Modern Age) while their king, Regigigas is made of marble and gold with moss growing over his body.
    • Pokémon Black and White introduces Golett and its evolution Golurk, which are clay golems created by ancient humans. Physically their designs are references to early Humongous Mecha like Tetsujin28 and Giant Robo, but Golurk's design does contain a nifty Shout-Out to the Golem of Prague with the crack in it's chest held shut by a piece of metal.
  • The Golems from Wild ARMs, particularly 1/Alter Code F and 3. Most turn against their creators.
  • Warcraft 3 had a range of golems much like Dungeons & Dragons. Mud Golems could slow enemies, while the other versions tend to be tougher and can throw rocks to damage and stun.
    • Golems also appear in World of Warcraft. They often appear in Titan ruins or alongside Dark Iron dwarfs (who have a large factory dedicated to creating golems in their capital). Blood Elfs use arcane golems, which are a Magitek version. The Drakkari Trolls construct mojo-powered stone Colossi, which are later used by the Zandalari.
    • The Burning Legion has Infernals, which are golems made out of rocks held in a humanoid shape by green Hellfire. They usually are deployed into battle in the form of flaming meteors. Warlocks can also summon Infernals when they gain enough levels.
    • After their flesh-and-blood creations turned on them, the Mogu developed methods for animating stone and terra cotta statues to act as soldiers.
  • The necromancer of Diablo II can summon fighting golems made of clay, metal, blood, or fire. Clay Golems slow opponents and have HP, Metal Golems take on the properties of what they're created from, Blood Golems can steal life to heal itself and the Necromancer (prior to a certain patch, this link functioned both ways, harming the Necromancer when the golem is hit), and Fire Golems are immune to fire and grow stronger when hit by fire attacks as well as having a damaging fire aura.
  • All over the place in the Castlevania series. They run the gamut from your typical clay giant to an animated pile of rocks.
    • In Castlevania: Judgment, a golem winds up with a soul due to the unusual circumstances of the time rift, allowing it to become a playable character and set out on a quest of self-identity.
    • In Castlevania: Lament of Innocence the bit about emeth, meth is actually part of the puzzle (although emeth is wrongly translated as "life" instead of "truth").
  • Ohtsuchi, the Arcana of Earth in Arcana Heart, is a massive clay golem that Maori's family has been praying to for generations.
  • Golems were a Monster Rancher staple.
  • The Disgaea series has the Wood Golem monster class in every game after the first (Which had ones of the clay variety). They're the sentient, speaking sort of golem, and generally the most durable out of all the monsters, boasting high HP and defense on top of the ability to regenerate health after each turn.
  • The Dragon Quest series features monsters named Golem (made of either bricks or clay), Gold Golem (made of gold), and Stone Golem (made of stone). They all made their appearance in the first game: the standard one as the guardian of a town and thus a boss, the Gold Golem as a random encounter that gave lots of gold, and the Stone Golem as an endgame enemy. Later games in the series would introduce golems made of other materials.
  • The second boss of the Data East arcade Beat 'em Up 'Night Slashers'' is a rock golem.
  • King Of Towers features mud golems in the marshlands levels that can increase their physical defense.
  • In Might and Magic universe, the wizards faction has golems made of various materials: stone, iron, steel, gold and crystal — which they use as guardians and foot soldiers (VII even has making one be the point of the quest promoting sorcerers to wizards). Its spin-off Heroes of Might and Magic adds dragon golems — in one game, dragonoids made of animated crystal, in another game, dwarves controlling draconic machines.
    • In the fourth Heroes game, during the Academy campaign, Solmyr is implied to compare golems to robots when he remarks that he heard of humans that can create golems without magic (for context, the setting, being hybrid High Fantasy/Sci-Fi, explicitly has robots. It's just that, the games being set on post-apocalyptic worlds, the various characters only ever meet the results, not anyone that has both the knowledge and the resources available).
  • Ogre Battle offers golems, including one made of baldr. They become stronger when teamed with enchanters, who fight by magically controlling dolls.
  • Enchanted Arms has Mons that are called Golems, but they do speak. (however, even in the English version, most speak Japanese. Leads to great confusion if you're trying to understand what they're saying. Thankfully the Devil Golems, counting the Big Bad Infinity speak the language the game is set to)
  • Nimdok's portion of the video game adaptation of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream features a steel-reinforced golem created by the Nazis- the design of which emerged from tortured Jewish prisoners. In order to activate it, it must be given eyes, told to wake up, told the truth, and kissed: what the player does with the Golem once it awakens will revisit Nimdok in the endgame.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Arena has golems of ice, iron, and stone as generic enemies.
    • Daggerfall introduces the golem-like "Atronachs" which have become ubiquitous in the series ever since. As revealed in Morrowind, Atronachs are a type of elementally aligned lesser Daedra. The Flame, Frost, and Storm Atronachs appear as creatures made of fire, ice, and lightning (typically mixed with metal or rock), respectively. Other varieties which have appeared in the series include Air, Flesh, Iron, and Stone. All varieties are at least vaguely humanoid in shape, with some much more humanoid than others. As a group, Atronachs have no particular affinity toward any Daedric Prince, though individual Atronachs may be found in their service. Atronachs are a favored summon of mortal conjurers.
    • A series of Oblivion mods, the Midas Magic mods, introduce such things as the Cheese Golem and the Melon Golem, the summoning of which requires that you have a large amount of said foodstuffs beforehand.
    • With the barriers between Nirn and Oblivion restored by Martin's Heroic Sacrifice at the end of Oblivion's main quest, the elemental Atronachs are one of only two types of daedra that can be summoned in Skyrim.
  • Asura in Guild Wars create golems (in-universe, short for Genius Operated Living Enchanted Mechanisms). You can gain a golem named M.O.X. as a hero.
    • A lot of the elementals in the game arguably qualify as well.
  • Stone Man in Mega Man 5 is essentially a robot golem made of rocks, a core, and eyes. Earlier games had the Junk Golem enemy, and Mega Man 7 had Junk Man. The various Devils were golems made of shapeshifting blocks or green goo.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption features a rampaging golem in the Jewish quarter of old Prague.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Many games have golems as minor enemies. There's also the Golem in Summon Magic, who creates a wall that protects the party from a certain amount of physical damage.
    • The Black Mages in Final Fantasy IX are automatons created by the villain from inert materials; however, they slowly gain a consciousness as the game progresses. In a somewhat unusual variant, their primary skill is offensive magic (eg fireballs), not physical strength. The party fights a couple of special winged models sent out as assassins. Unfortunately for Vivi, Black Mages also come with an expiration date.
    • The manikins of Dissidia Final Fantasy are essentially golems, being crystalline copies of the main characters that serve as the game's Mooks. They're failed bodies for the spirits found drifting in the Interdimensional Rift and speak with distorted voices. They're noted to be more dangerous because they'll attack relentlessly until their opponent's body is ruined to the point that it can't be repaired for the next cycle of battle (whereas the people, even the villains, tend to stop after they've landed the killing blow).
  • In the 2nd Fullmetal Alchemist videogame, the main antagonists are golems created by an ancient form of alchemy. Jack Crowley and Elma are also golems.
  • Golems were the dwarves' ultimate weapon in the backstory of Dragon Age. However, the knowledge of how to make them was lost forever during the First Blight. The Player Character can gain one, Shale, as a party member, and later in the game can learn the truth about the lost art of creating them: they're made from living dwarves.
  • Time Splitters 2's Aztec level has wood and stone golems protecting the time crystal. Just don't ask what's in his little sack.
  • Jade Empire: Calls its magically-animated automata "golems" despite being otherwise based on Chinese mythology and folklore. Similar to Dragon Age, they're made from the souls of the recently, painfully killed.
  • In the third game of the Exile series, the golems are a major plague destroying the planet's surface. All of them appear to be made of metal and gemstones, but they have different associated elements including fire, ice, and acid.
  • GrimGrimoire has golems as an alchemy unit. They function as siege tanks because of their incredibly long attack range. Being technically mindless, they're also immune to the Homunculi's Psi Storm.
  • Girl Stinky in Sam & Max: Freelance Police is a cake golem, and a very intelligent and shifty one at that. Then again, she might just be a mermaid pulling a really elaborate con.
  • The colossi from Shadow of the Colossus are created from the earth itself. Their hairy bodies are actually composed of dead grass, and once they're defeated, they crumble into dirt and mold themselves into the ground.
  • Browser-based game Muelsfell: Rise of the Golems is entirely based around the creation of Golems.
  • Korean MMORPG Mabinogi includes golems as boss monsters. These are all simply piles of magically-animated rocks in a vaguely humanoid shape; sometimes covered with plants or snow. As of G9, player characters can get an Alchemy skill that allows them to create and control golems.
  • In the Fall from Heaven II mod for Civilization IV, the Luchuirp is a civilization made up of surface-dwelling Dwarves and golems. The problem is that the crude golems they can make now are incapable of learning (i.e. gaining XP) on their own. Barnaxus is an ancient golem from the old Khrad'Ke-zun Empire, of which only the Luchuirp remain, who can teach himself new things and then pass it on to Dwarves and other golems. Their cave-dwelling Khazad cousins don't use golems.
  • One boss from Sonic & Knuckles is a golem (it appears at the end of an Ancient Egyptian-themed level, but whatever). You can't actually destroy it - it just rebuilds itself - and instead have to lure it into quicksand.
  • The Egg Golem boss from Sonic Adventure 2, a gigantic mecha covered with stone whose only vulnerable point (in the Hero Story) is a control device on its head. In the Dark Story, Sonic scrambles the control device and the Egg Golem turns on Dr. Eggman, who's forced to blow off its rocky armor and destroy its power cores to stop it.
  • Being based on Dungeons & Dragons, it is no surprise that these show up in Baldur's Gate. The first game had flesh golems which hit hard and required +2 weapons to defeat, of which there are only a handful in the game. The second game upped it with clay-, stone-, bone-, iron-, sand-, magic- and adamantite golems, which could be Demonic Spiders depending on your level and equipment.
  • Fallen London has the Clay Men. They are never called golems, but otherwise fit the description. The in-game art even shows that they have writing on their foreheads.
  • Ancient Domains of Mystery features many golem types, including: flesh golems, clay golems, stone golems, stone statues, crystal statues, diamond statues, steel golems, steel zombies, steel horrors, iron golems, and eternium golems. Many of these also breathe fire. Oddly enough, most of them can be pickpocketed, even though fictional golems often don't wear clothes.
  • Spyro the Dragon:
    • Earthshapers from Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (both the original and its reignited version) are enemies that can be found in Fracture Hills and Magma Cone. In Fracture Hills, they have incased the bagpipe-playing satyrs and the temple in stone, having grown tired of them playing their bagpipes at all hours of the night. In Magma Cone, they are responsible for unplugging the volcano and ruining the faun's party. While the smaller earthshapers in Magma Cone can be killed by charging and flaming, the larger ones are immune to Spyro's attacks and can only be killed by charging them into the lava (or in Magma Cone's case, charging them into the faun's elaborate demolition traps).
    • In The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, Golems are Kaiju-sized lava monsters from below the Earth. Only one appears and it serves as The Dragon to Malefor in the game. It can regenerate by absorbing rock or rubble and the only way to permanently kill it is to destroy the Dark Gem acting as it's brain. Spyro and Cynder shatter it's brain, sending it falling off a building. The Destroyer, a planet destroying Eldritch Abomination Malefor unleashes is pretty much a mountain-sized, much more frightening one.
    • Skylanders has a playable golem named Crusher, who is the giant for the earth element.
  • Astaroth in the SoulCalibur series was created after Rock the "White Giant" attacked a cult to rescue his adopted son. The cultists were so impressed by Rock's strength that they created Astaroth in his image. Astaroth eventually went rogue and tried to claim Soul Edge and kill Rock so that he could be a truly unique being instead of being just an Evil Knockoff. The remnants of the cult also created a feminine clockwork golem named Ashlotte to bring Astaroth back to them. In the time period between the fourth and fifth games, Astaroth was apparently Killed Off for Real by Maxi and Ashlotte retrieved his golem heart. The cultists, having failed to learn from their past mistakes, have created an entire series of Astaroth-like golems.
  • Dark Souls has a fair number:
    • A huge iron golem acts as a boss. The descriptions of the weapons that can be forged from its core reveal that the gods used the remains of a dead dragon to forge the golem's core.
    • Seath the Scaleless made a whole bunch of crystal golems. They have the apparent ability to create new crystal out of nothing, though it only lasts for about a second (still just long enough for them to form a giant mace and smash your skull in with it).
    • Large Stone Knights populate the area outside the Moonlight Butterfly's perch. They are capable of casting Miracles. Likely also created by Seath.
  • Dark Souls 2 continues with the golems:
    • King Vendrick studied the creation of golems, and his castle is guarded by Stone Soldiers and living suits of armor. However, the only things explicitly called "golems" are large statues shaped like Giants that are powered by souls. Vendrick apparently stole something from the Giants to be able to create these things, and they guard the path to the Throne of Want.
    • The Old Iron King was reputed to have the ability to imbue his iron creations with life, though the only iron golems we see are in the Brume Tower in the DLC.
    • The Ivory King used golems extensively, though his were usually made of ice rather than stone. He also used soul-powered Giant-like golems similar to those created by Vendrick, except his could actually fight rather than just manipulate simple mechanisms.
  • Minecraft has iron golems and snow golems that the player can build. A snow golem looks like a snowman with a jack-o-lantern for a head, and it distracts enemies by throwing snowballs at them. Iron golems can be found in large NPC villages, where they defend villagers from zombies at night.
  • Wizard 101 has these all over the spiral. The main ones are living mannequins, Clockworks, iron golems, and Homunculi.
  • Neverwinter Nights, being D&D-based, had them in certain dungeons. The sequel stepped it up a notch by allowing you to recruit one as an Optional Party Member.
  • In the swamp in The Witcher, there's a dormant stone golem in a clearing. A sidequest lets you reactivate it, whereupon it becomes a Bonus Boss whose heart is an ingredient in a mutagen that grants a bonus to Geralt's magic.
    • A couple of other types of golems appear in the sequel.
  • In Baten Kaitos Origins, major character Guillo is a golem of sorts; a magical puppet dug up in the woods near Sagi's home. It was actually created by the Children of the Earth, and was used to slay Malpercio.
  • The Clay Men in Mother 3 are mass-produced clay golems used by the Pigmask army for hard labor. They're brought to life with a device that's inserted into their heads after they're sculpted, and said device needs to be recharged periodically to keep them moving.
  • Golems are one of the sturdier miniboss enemies in Duel Savior Destiny, though they're also really slow. A golem is also the first fight in the game when Muriel Sheerfield pits a rampaging golem against Taiga in an effort to get his sister to leap to his defense and thus join her army. She does, but to her surprise Taiga actually destroys it on his own by calling for an Aether Relic, something men aren't supposed to be able to do.
  • In Risk of Rain Rock Golems appear as enemies. They are highly resilient to damage and their smash attack can be deadly to low leveled players, however they are restricted by low mobility which makes them easy to avoid or out maneuver using hit and run tactics. The Stone Guardian boss is a massive version of this enemy.
  • Shantae has a placed called the Golem Mine. No points for guessing what serves as the boss of this dungeon. It fights by spewing fireballs from its mouth and attacking you with its Giant Hands of Doom, and has a Power Crystal on its head that serves as its weak point.
  • Warlords Battlecry: Practically the entire fighting force of the Dark Dwarves consists on golems. Stone golems are basically sloooooow mooks with a heavy back-hand, Iron golems can summon firebombs and have an area-of-effect spinning strike while still slow, and Bronze golems are nasty pieces of work with a really heavy hand and Implacable Man levels of armor and resistance. All these, combined with some general upgrades for golems and some huge, though expensive, accumulated bonuses when researching the Armorer-Weaponsmith-Mithril upgrade line, makes them a slow, tough as hell and pretty damn dangerous fighting force. Unless they mass Flame Cannons and Hellbores.
  • The DLC character for Child of Light is a stone golem named Golem. He's first found as a talking head, and Aurora must find the rest of his parts to put him back together. Once that's done, it joins the party, and acts as a Mighty Glacier with abilities that can slow, stun, or push back foes.
  • Elite Beat Agents has a golem made of rock and lava. It attacks an amusement park. Fortunately for the park's patrons, the janitor is a former baseball player who sees a chance to redeem himself. It's that sort of game.
  • Dragon's Crown has a giant stone Golem in the form of a gladiator that serves as the boss of the A Path in the Forgotten Sanctuary. It's extremely slow, but it has extremely high defenses and hits really hard. Thankfully, you could animate your own giant stone golem for this boss battle, and several of the Mooks you fight here carry around bombs that you could use. Completing the request to defeat the Golem boss without animating your own Golem reveals that these golems were created more than a century ago by Morgan Lisley, the shopkeeper of Morgan's Magic Item Shop, back when she was just a Child Mage.
  • Clash of Clans has Golem as one of the Dark Elixir troops that you can train whose role is to provide a Damage Sponge for the enemy's defenses, allowing your other more damaging troops to freely attack your opponent's village. Upon death, it deals explosive damage and splits into two smaller Golems called Golemites.
  • Dragon's Dogma has two varieties of Golem, the standard Golem and the Metal Golem. Both have glowing sigils which serve as weakpoints. Of course, to beat these, you must smash the glowing sigils to bits, but there is an added twist of magic attacks doing absolutely zero damage. The difference between the Golem and the Metal Golem is that the Golem's sigils are on its body while the Metal Golem's are scattered around the area. Oh, they also come with lasers.
  • Path of Exile has Golems available as a type of minion. A summoner can only have one golem active at a time, and each provides a different buff to the summoner while it's active. Fire golems provide increased damage, Ice golems provide increased accuracy and critical chance, Stone golems grant life regeneration, and Chaos golems give physical damage resistance.
  • One of the characters in Killer Instinct (2013) is Aganos, an ancient war golem that was ordered to learn how to think for itself by a Babylonian king, effectively giving it free will. Aganos is the largest character in the game, big enough for the camera to pan out so it can be fully shown, and it's playstyle revolves around loading up on rock chunks, which give it armor and access to various tools, at the cost of moving and jumping slower for each chunk loaded.
  • This may or may not be the true nature of the ReDeads from The Legend of Zelda, depending on the game in question. Majora's Mask implies that they are actually undead, whereas their trophy descriptions in the Super Smash Bros. games states that they are merely clay humanoid figures animated with magic.
  • Golems appear in Miitopia, in which they look more or less like walls with Mii facial features. They sport both a great defense and a great attack.
  • Laser Guided Games's Golem Gates is a hybrid card-collecting, real-time strategy game where you are the techno-mage "The Harbinger" who can create golems of Ash (nanites) in a world where technology is so advanced that it's Magic from Technology.
  • Golems are common enemies throughout The Secret World; essentially bargain-basement copies of the gigantic Guardians of Gaia, they're normally produced by mages and put to whatever use requires brute strength. However, there's been a recent trend towards golems shaping and animating themselves, much to the consternation of your faction contacts.
  • In JE Software AB's Last Hope TD, Twenty Minutes In The Future you control a tribe of Native Americans who are fighting zombies, bandits and other forces of evil. Your tribe make use of defensive structures, with most of them being either high-tech military or cleverly crafted Clock Punk mechanisms. The exception is the Stomper, this is a spirit drum contraption which does a Shockwave Stomp to slow foes. But with enough upgrades, the Stomper can also use magic to create a golem to attack enemies that have slowed.
  • Longbow Games Golem is a 2-D platformer/puzzle game where a young girl searching for a water source in an ancient tower, discovers a shape-changing golem which she partners with.
  • Golems are a unit type in Ancient Empires and its sequel. They are expensive but have the highest defence of any unit and high offence as well. Interestingly, they look different between games and also attack differently. The first game's Golems are humanoids made of rock that attack by rolling into a ball, while the second game's Golems are round boulders with a single eye that attack by slamming the ground.
  • In Lara Croft GO, the Shard of Life expansion features golem versions of the enemies found elsewhere in the game — the main difference being that when the golem versions are killed, they come back to life after a few turns. This is usually a problem, but some puzzles actually rely on them reviving at the right time to do something useful.

    Visual Novels 
  • In My Magical Divorce Bureau, Lexis was created to be the guardian of a secret society, but outlived the society and is now on her own. She isn't very good at communicating what she wants to do with her life, which is why she's in a divorce bureau.

    Web Animation 
  • DSBT InsaniT: Sand Snake transforms into a version of this at the end of "Beach Brawl".

    Web Comics 
  • Tower of God has Golems made of rock appear several times, as traps, training props and escape vehicles. They are held together by a single blue, big, thumb-tack shaped device in the middle of the chest.
  • Erfworld: The comic contains golems, that true to their fantasic roots, are named after what they are made out of. As a side note, some of them are made to look like people from the genres from which they are also named, like soft rock golems, hard rock golems, acid rock golems, metal golems; and cloth golems look like stuffed animals. Oh, yeah, guess what the crap golems are made out of.
  • Wapsi Square has the Golem Girls, drunken co-eds created from clay; their backstory gradually reveals that they were once human, their remains reanimated into immortal Artificial Human forms using an ancient technology resembling magic from Atlantis. Physical God Tepoztecal was also created by this method.
  • Gwynn from Sluggy Freelance creates a golem out of all the clutter in the apartment. She dubs the creation "Clutter Monster."
  • In 1/0 the "Golem" ability is one of the precious few non-natural abilities Tailsteak grants his creation. This allows them to reproduce by building bodies out of whatever they can find and then bringing them to life by speaking their "true name". The Golems aren't traditional Golems though, they speak and react in exactly the same way the "naturally" created characters do. As something of a possible nod to the original myth, the first golem to be created is given a name from the Old Testament (Zadok) and at times identifies himself as a "pseudo-Jew"
  • HERO: The comic is about a golem, though he is something of a Our Monsters Are Different.
  • Adorable Desolation has a good old fashioned classic clay version. That is, except for the fact he's rather chatty. That and he calls the wizard that made him "Dad"
  • One of Beisaru's many tricks on Juathuur, shown here.
  • Golems are possible to create in Dominic Deegan, but it takes a lot of effort and resources. Among others, we've seen a Golem of Law (Acibek, made from his creator's followers... whose first act was to expose his creator's crimes), a Leaf Golem (Leaflette, the (first) Forest Oracle), a Miscellaneous-Forest-Creature Golem (Dirk the Mighty), and a Flesh Golem (Quilt).
  • In Impure Blood, some of the forces attacking them were machinery, but the smaller ones? Just dirt.
  • Hieronymus Grubwiggler in The Order of the Stick creates flesh golems and bone golems, including one made from the corpse of Roy Greenhilt.
  • In Rusty and Co., Calamitus's giant metal golem.
    Rusty: Eat statue Eat statue Eat statue Eat statue Eat statue???
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, the Super Prototypes of the Court's robots can function despite lacking any visible motors or other means of movement. (The current Court robots use comparatively mundane technology.) Kat eventually discovers that they're animated and controlled by a very intricate set of runes—at this, her friend Annie points out that they're a close match for golems from the old folk tales.
  • The guardian witch from Whither makes several varieties for various tasks - simple mud golems are enough for guarding doors, but she has a sort indistinguishable from humans until killed.
  • Not a strict example, but in Godslave, Heru's Blacksmiths in their true forms suggest that Golems were the inspiration for their design.
  • In Reversed Star, there are robotic mindless servants called galas that seem to invoke this trope.
  • In El Joven Lovecraft, a spanish webcomic, a teenager H.P. Lovecraft creates a golem to help him with his homework ... but it doesn't work, since the golem only knows how to sweep the synagogue and circumcise. Lovecraft gives him freedom, and time later we discover the golem working in a McDonald's and wondering why God has abandoned him.

    Web Original 
  • In the world of Tales of MU, golems are created as living tools who must obey orders. Their level of sentience varies; some have more developed personalities than others. They can be "emancipated" by ordering them to consider themselves free beings. The character Two is one such golem, with a rather uniquely constructed personality.
  • Whateley Universe:
    • The superpowered Charmer has several already-prepared charms she carries with her; one is a 'golem charm' that she has apparently used in self-defense class.
    • Eldritch (Caitlin Bardue, formerly Erik Mahren) is a former member of the academy's weapon range crew turned into something called an 'artificer', essentially a (still largely human-looking) golem with the potential to become the perfect magic-item crafting Emotionless Girl slave for whoever manages to get the proper tattoos on her body. Much of her story revolves around either stopping someone who was trying to enslave her, or trying to figure out how to do the job herself and thereby retain her independence, which no other Artificer had ever done. She managed to do it just before Christmas Break for 2006 (in-story); how she did it was a mystery until the story "Ashes and Steel" was published in 2016.
  • Golems are much more popular in the fantasy fiction of the alternate world in Look to the West, as they can be a Recycled In Space stand-in for the Automata that dominate much of science fiction in that world, but for mediaeval settings where the technology to make real Automata would not yet exist.
  • Appears in "A Caution to the Wise", a story in The Wanderer's Library.
  • Mortasheen has some very esoteric Bio Punk takes on this.

    Web Videos 
  • Tales from My D&D Campaign features the Warforged, a race of sentient wooden golems created by the ancient Ytarrans. Also, in more modern times Vistria relies heavily on more conventional golems for defense against the evil Kua-Toa.

    Western Animation 
  • Batman Beyond: "Golem": A geeky high school student gets mental control of a giant construction robot through Lightning.
  • The Extreme Ghostbusters episode "The True Face of a Monster" involved a young Jewish man creating a Golem to protect his synagogue from hooligans.
  • Gargoyles: In "The Golem", an episode with a lot of Shown Their Work moments, Goliath comes into contact with recurring character Halcyon Renard, who is attempting to resurrect the mythical Golem in Prague.
  • In Huntik: Secrets & Seekers, Metagolem is one of Dante Vale's titans, and it is stated that he was the golem present in the Rabbi Lowe legend.
    • He also has Ignatius, which looks to be completely composed of rocks and fire. The name could be a play on "igneous" which is volcanic stone.
  • Introduced, and manipulated by a villain into a weapon utterly impervious to normal human weapons in Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures episode "Rock of Rages." The episode's writer, Lance Falk, later explained in an interview that the episode was, at least in part, a dig at the 1980s attempt at the series and its addition of a living statue called Hard Rock to the main cast.
    Lance Falk: "Actually, 'Rock of Rages' with the Golem, was an attempt to sort of tweak the nose of Hard Rock. I wanted to show how downright frightening a seven-foot tall rock creature is. A terrifying supernatural force, not a puppy dog."
  • A Halloween episode of The Simpsons features a Golem (visually based on the 1920 movie) and portrays its creation by a rabbi. Bart takes over the Golem and has it slaughter people until Lisa allows it to speak, at which point it's voiced by Richard Lewis and begins acting like a stereotypical Jew. The family make a female Golem out of play-doh, voiced by Fran Drescher, and the pair get married in a Jewish ceremony.
    Lisa: Bart, did your mystical Jewish monster beat up those bullies?
    Bart: (sarcastically) Oh, it's always the Jews' fault.
  • Eek!Stravaganza had a segment called Klutter which concerned a bunch of kids going on adventures with the titular golem, which was in fact made of dirty laundry and other junk, hence the name. He was brought to life via static electricity, somehow.
  • The The Adventures of Puss in Boots episode "Golem", has a clay Golem that hunts Puss relentlessly. When Puss learns defeating it is as easy as removing the paper slip reading "Destroy Boot Cat" from its mouth, Puss decides to keep it around to be the Orphan's servant, leading to chaos when the Orphans give commands that are too vague.
  • The evil Warlords of King Arthur & the Knights of Justice were made of stone to do Queen Morgana's bidding.

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