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"I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you,
But I get the feeling that you don't like it.
What's with all the screaming?
You like monkeys, you like ponies.
Maybe you don't like monsters so much.
Maybe I used too many monkeys.
Isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?"
Jonathan Coulton, "Skullcrusher Mountain"

A 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 (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.

Another common variant is to make a Punny Name of a real life animal named after a different animal: for example, a "catfish" that is literally half cat, half fish.

Compare Fusion Dance and Two Beings, One Body, which is when two characters are combined. Shapeshifter Mashup usually results in this. Mix-and-Match Critters may be the result of Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action. If both creatures are already mythological/magical/whatever and get mixed, they have a newborn Hybrid Monster and if mundane they can end up with a Patchwork Kid. Application of the principle to humans may count as Bio-Augmentation, see also Mix-and-Match Man. Mons often have aspects of different animals. Puzzling Platypus may count as a Real Life example of this trope.


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  • "Puppymonkeybaby." Puppymonkeybaby. Puppy, monkey, baby." The Super Bowl ad 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.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Agni's Philosophy features a hyena-porcupine cross with More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
  • Animal Land has distorted mix and match animal abominations that contrast the normal animal characters. These things are fittingly called Chimeras.
  • Beastars, which takes place in a World of Funny Animals, deconstructs this with Melon, who's a leopard/gazelle hybrid as the result of an Interspecies Romance. Inheriting the instincts and characteristics of such drastically different animals has made his life extremely difficult; he has no sense of taste and can't digest meat, and he has the innate urge to stay away from carnivores while also having the urge to kill any herbivore he sees. This also sets Melon up as an Evil Counterpart to the main character Legosi, who's more of an Uneven Hybrid as he's mostly a wolf with some inherited genes from his grandfather, a komodo dragon.
  • Beast Wars, Beast Wars II, and Beast Wars Neo features several mix/hybrid critters as alt-modes.
  • Plenty of 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 —
  • In Delicious in Dungeon 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.
  • Aoi, the title character of The Demon Prince of Momochi House, was a human until he wandered into Momochi House, which chose him to be the Omamori-sama, its Nue guardian. Aoi can shapeshift between human and Nue forms.
  • Digimon Adventure 02:
    • 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 Fusion Dance.
    • Ikkakumon is a particularly odd example, being a mash-up of various arctic animals (Polar Bear, Walrus, and Narwhal).
  • Dochamon Junior has Okutowing, a bird who has octopus tentacles as his wings.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has chimeras, which are regular animals alchemically combined. And sometimes they talk. The disturbing part about this is that a talking chimera requires fusing a human with an animal.
  • The Chimera Ants in Hunter × Hunter 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. Including humans, and with it their Nen potential. There are also naturally-occurring fox-bears and spider-eagles.
  • Inuyasha is practically MADE of this trope; most of the low-level demons are serpents or arthropods.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Dio Brando loves to make creatures zombies and then fusing their parts.
  • Macross:
  • Naruto
    • 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.
    • Manda 2, a modified clone of 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.
  • One Piece:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Running Gag that Luffy will call these creatures the name of the animal or thing they look least like (that is, pandas and bananas.)
  • In Ranma ½, Jusenkyo has a spring called "Niuhomanmaolenniichuan" (or variations thereof), which translates as "Spring of Drowned Yeti Riding Ox While Carrying Crane And Eel" and is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Anyone who falls into this spring gains an alternate form that is considered exceptionally formidable. In essence, it's a 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 inhumanly strong, surprisingly quick, massively tough, and capable of flight. Needless to say, the one character who has this spring considers himself Cursed With Awesome 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 Combat Tentacles and the ability to spray ink from his fingers. (Though it still begs the question of how these springs can exist, considering the inherent difficulty in drowning an octopus and/or an eel. Freshwater spring, saltwater sealife. Which still begs the question of how an octopus got there in the first place.
  • All the Tenchi Muyo! series and spinoffs contain Ryo-Ohki, a cat-rabbit hybrid, often referred to as a "cabbit". Tenchi Muyo! GXP also contains a second cabbit, named Fuku. Tenchi Universe has Ken-Ohki, a male cabbit who ends up as Ryo-Ohki's boyfriend.
  • The world of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is populated with creatures ranging from the apparently delicious Molepig, to the truly bizarre Grapehippo. The Grapehippo is the director's favorite character.
  • A lot of the fauna in Toriko consists of this.
  • Violinist of Hameln 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 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.

  • The demons in 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 traditionally demonic bat wings.

    Asian Animation 

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • The Alliances set has the Phelddagrif, a winged hippo with a lot of weird abilities. It was later followed with the Questing Phelddagrif. The Phelddagrif, mind, is a deliberate in-joke. Its name is an anagram of "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.
    • Magic also has pegasi, merfolk, human/elephant loxodons, human/lion leonin, human/tiger nacatl, human/bird aven (and Winged Humanoid angels), werewolves (which are a major race in Innistrad), and anything in Phyrexia, such as Tsabo's spidery cybernetic legs. When Phyrexia is done, you will be an example as well.
    • In Return to Ravnica, the Simic League have discarded their old methods of Bio-Augmentation 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.
      "Eh, needs more toad."
      Gulistan, Simic biomancer
    • In the Unstable set, the Crossbreed Labs faction is focused on splicing together different creatures (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, half-monkey-half-ponies, and half-kitten-half-kittens.
    • Ikoria is home to a tremendous variety of chimeric creatures — bird-winged goats and foxes, bat-winged lions, wolves with cetacean tails and dorsal fins, hippos with the tails and back plates of stegosaurs...

    Comic Books 
  • Bunny Vs Monkey: Quite a number appear, like a guinea pig snail, a cat spider, a pig elephant, a panda bat, and more on just one page.
  • The DCU:
    • B'wana Beast's power is to make these from two animals.
    • Ultraa, the Multi-Alien. Four alien races have rayguns designed to turn unsuspecting people into members of their race. Ultraa gets hit by all four at once.
    • Five words: The Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. Technically, he was a ridiculously overpowered Shapeshifter. Who liked turning into mix-and-match critters. A LOT.
    • In Robin Series, 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.
    • Wonder Woman 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.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): The Neptunian Flying Fish act as mounts for the forces from the planet, and look like flying fish with much wider fins for actual flying and a pair of octopus tentacles. They're also as big as a horse.
    • Red Hood and the Outlaws has Crux's mutated form, which is both bat-like and reptilian.
  • Dungeon Twilight: Due to All Species Are Sexually Compatible the children of the duck protagonist are cats with beaks.
  • Hilda has the titular protagonist's pet companion Twig, who is said to be a "deer-fox", a creature that's basically an arctic fox, but with antlers and hooves. The animated series features adult deerfoxes in one episode that are the size of deer, howl like wolves, and climb the aurora borealis to their own alternate dimension.
  • Image Comics:
    • In The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw There are birds with human-like hands in place of their feet for some as yet unknown reason.
    • In Shaman's Tears, 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.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • The Night/Clone-Creature in The Frankenstein Monster is created from two dozen different animal DNAs, with the boar and alligator parts being most prominent in its actual appearance.
    • Gog n'Magog (or "Pup" as Longshot calls him) from the original 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.
  • Marsupilami, from Spirou and Fantasio and the eponymous comic series, are vaguely monkey-like creatures with a leopard coat and the occasional melanistic individual. They're also oviparous, but still have a bellybutton.
  • If Bears Are Bad News and Everything's Even Worse with Sharks, then it's hard to imagine just how appalling things are with Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark!
  • H-142 from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): 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.

    Comic Strips 
  • Bloom County had Rosebud the basselope, a basset hound/antelope mix. A tryst with Hodge-podge resulted in, of course, Jackabasselopes.
  • Safe Havens 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.

    Fan Works 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series' "Time Terror" shows Sherman, stranded in the future, forced to become one of these in order to sell... something.
  • Randall in Angela's Pet Monster is believed to be a "Lizog" (a lizard-dog hybrid) by most of the humans. Played straight when Randall has puppies with Lucille.
  • In Crowns of the Kingdom, these are some of the forms taken by the Dispirations.
  • Spin-Offspring works of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is full of pony hybrids thanks to Spike and Discord being 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.
  • The Pony POV Series 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 daughter born via his Mind Rape of Fluttershy, isn't as well, presumably due to her nature. She now is after the Rumors Arc, which saw her having to metamorphosis to save her mother from the Rumors.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has MissingNo of all things. In its first appearance, it takes on the form of a Hybrid Monster with Origin Giratina's body, Palkia's arms and Dialga's head, with each body part colored differently from the regular ones.
  • In Teen Titans: Together for Tomorrow, Conner adopts Cobalt, an alien "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.
  • In Tiny Sapient Ungulates The ponies are ponies In Name Only, with the proportions of a baby goat, rabbit-like faces, grasping hooves inspired by the feet of aardvarks, and (in later updates) manatee-like lips.
  • In This Bites!, Alabastan Kung Fu Dugongs (which look like seals with armadillo-esque armor plating on their back) are stated to be the result of a widespread almost plague-level) outbreak of Interspecies Romance between the local populations of turtles and manatees, causing the two "parent" races to effectively interbreed into extinction, leaving behind only their Kung Fu Dugong offspring

    Films — Animated 
  • In Alice in Wonderland, Alice encounters many creatures of this type which include Bread-and-Butterflies, Rocking-Horseflies, Dog-and-Caterpillars, pencil birds, hammer birds, umbrella birds, cage birds, mirror birds, glasses birds, accordion owls, honker ducks, cymbal frogs, timpani frogs, and a broom dog.
  • Balto was made part wolf for his character arc. The real Balto was a pure Siberian husky.
  • The Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast has the mane of a lion, the beard, horns, and general head structure of a bison, the brows and arms of a gorilla, the eyes of a human, the tusks of a Eurasian wild pig, the torso of a bear, and the hind legs and tail of a wolf.
  • One of Flint's failed inventions on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is the pigeonrat.
  • The Croods 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.
  • Epic: The Boggan Mooks look like a cross between frogs and sharks. Mandrake and his son, however, look more cat- and human-like.
  • Frankenweenie (the animated movie) has Mr. Whiskers fused with a bat near the end.
  • The Mo-Scram Gun in Garfield's Pet Force can create these by zapping two or more things with it; the effects tend to range from "two people/creatures/items get their heads/top parts swapped around" to "sheer Body Horror". The resulting creations are also completely under the control of the person who created them, which is why the Big Bad wants it.
  • Bing-Bong, Riley's imaginary friend in Inside Out is an elephant/cat hybrid made of cotton candy and can squeal like a dolphin.
  • The Moon King from Kubo and the Two Strings 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.
  • Uni-Kitty of The LEGO Movie, who's a unicorn and a cat.
  • Penguins of Madagascar has the mutated penguins. In particular Skipper has a lobster claw, Kowalski has an afro, octopus tentacles and chicken feet, and Rico has dragon wings.
  • The Shrek movies have the children of Donkey and the Dragon, the "Dronkeys". Donkey even lampshades their appearance. "Look at our adorable mutant babies!"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The wonderful Bat-Rat-Spider-Crab-Monkey creature in The Angry Red Planet, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
  • Godzilla was created by combining the general body plan of a Tyrannosaurus rex (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. Godzilla (2014) also gave him gills and sauropod-like feet.
    • 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.
    • The sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) depicts Mothra as resembling a wasp crossed with a mantis, with wings reminiscent 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.
    • Several other Titans appear in minor roles in this film, also being Mix-and-Match Critters as well, namely:
      • Scylla, a desert-dwelling arthropod combining features of spiders and crustaceans, while having a tentacled, cephalopod-like head
      • 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 gorilla.
      • Methuselah, a Monster-Shaped Mountain that resembles a tortoise, but with a tyrannosaur-like head and a pair of downward-curved bull-like horns
  • In The Great Muppet Caper, 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.
  • In House II: The Second Story, we have Bippy, the dog with a caterpillar body that was found in the Triassic period.
  • Jurassic World:
    • The Indominus rex is a man-made 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 (making her capable of camouflaging her skin), tropical frogs (making her capable of camouflaging her heat signature), and Velociraptors (making her capable of communicating with actual Velociraptors). The truly scary thing is it's implied there's also a bit of human DNA in there — when was the last time you saw a dinosaur with four fingers and opposable thumbs?
    • 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.
    • 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...
  • In the monster movie King Cobra (1999), 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.
  • In Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent, Lockjaw is a giant snake with the head of an alligator. According to Sarge, it is an African spirit that has gradually adaprted itself as it has encountered new animals in the New World.
  • Davy Jones's fishy crew in Pirates of the Caribbean.
    • 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.
    • His first mate, Maccus who has a hammer-head shark for a head, and a lobster on his back.
    • 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.
  • Q: The Winged Serpent 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.
  • 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 Sharktopus's precursor from the '80s, Devil Fish.
  • Romero's animals in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams. Of course, most of the "Zoo Too" creatures being referred to have names already associated with existing animals, such as the tiger-shark, sheep-dog, horse-fly, cat-fish, bull-frog and the plot-important spider-monkey. And these were created by accident. Whatever you say, Romero. Though there's also the rather ornery slizards, and flying pigs.
  • Star Wars has a few:
    • 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.
    • In The Phantom Menace there are some sea monsters. There is an Opee Sea Killer who is a mix of a crustacean and a piranha with a chameleon-like tongue. There is also a Colo Claw Fish with a head of a crocodile, and a body of an eel with legs of the crab.
    • The Force Awakens introduces BB-8, an astromech droid who's a cross between R2-D2 and a soccer ball.
  • The Thing from John Carpenter's film of the same name is this plus the The Assimilator and You Are Who You Eat.

  • Alice in Wonderland: The Mock Turtle is supposed to be "the thing Mock Turtle Soup is made from". In Real Life, 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.
  • Piers Anthony has quite a lot of these. In his Apprentice Adept series, he uses classical mythology. His Dragon's Gold books feature multiple hybrids.
    • And, of course, who can forget 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?
    • In another Piers Anthony book every animal in an Alternate Universe is one of these except dragons and possibly froogs. This leads to things such as bearvers and meer.
  • Some of the Remade from China Miéville's Bas-Lag Cycle 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. Mr. Motley is an extreme Mix and Match Critter, 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.
  • Book of Imaginary Beings:
    • The Greek Chimera, a three-headed mix of lion, goat and snake.
    • A creature depicted in Franz Kafka's "Depiction of a Struggle" is part cat and part lamb, and combines the two creatures' habits and natures.
    • The hsiao has an ape's body, and owl's wings and talons, a man's head and a dog's tail.
    • The hua-fish, or flying snakefish, is a fish with the wings of a bird.
    • The huallepén has the head of a calf and the body of a sheep.
    • The myrmecoleon has the forequarters of a lion and the hindquarters of an ant. Its existence is paradoxical and, because the lion will only eat meat and the ant only digest grain, it its doomed to starve.
  • The "peryton" is a half-bird, half-stag deer hybrid. It is not an actual mythological creature as it was created for the 1957 book Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges, 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 a human soul trapped inside a monstrous body.
  • 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.
  • The Captain Underpants 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.
  • Although the main character of The Chronicles of Professor Jack Baling 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.
  • Cthulhu Mythos: What do you call a giant creature with bat wings and a squid's face with tentacles and batrachian eyes?
  • The Dark Tower 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.
    • 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 Real Life animals.
  • In the Discworld novel Eric, the demon-god Quetzovercoatl is described as "half-man, half-chicken, half-jaguar, half-serpent, half-scorpion and half-mad".
    • Making for "a wossname total of three homicidal maniacs."
    • Discworld also has the chimera in 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • In The Divine Comedy, 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.
  • On Dr. Franklin's Island, 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".
  • The Draka's ghouloons, who are constructed from the genes of a baboon, a dog, and a human. They are actually sentient, and used as Cannon Fodder. To some extent, the post-human Homo Drakensis race itself qualifies, as the Draka used traces of feline DNA to increase muscle strength and sense acuity.
  • Dune has the Bene Tleilaxu's Sligs — slugs and pigs genetically mashed together. Apparently it makes the meat tender and succulent.
    • Chapterhouse: Dune also has Futars, part human and part cat, that are a threat to the Honored Matres.
  • 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.
  • The second story of Gorgo the Ogre features bat-frogs (large frogs with the wings and upside-down sleeping posture of bats) used as mounts for the Black Ogres.
  • The Dr. Seuss book Horton Hatches the Egg ends with the egg Horton the Elephant was taking care of hatching into a tiny elephant with wings.
  • The Hunger Games: 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.
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau had a few mix-and-match characters, most prominently M'ling, a bear/dog/ox combo, and a hyena/swine man.
  • Journey to Chaos: 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.
  • In one of Kipling's Just So Stories, 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.
  • Katt vs. Dogg contains a number of these. There's a Hawk-Owl, a Moose-Horse, Wolf-Bears, Alligator-Lions, a Cat-Dog, and Weasel-Boars.
  • In Leviathan, something like half the countries in Europe rely on these for the vast majority of their technology.
  • The manglers in Loyal Enemies are hybrids of a dozen creatures, both 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.
  • Maximum Ride: 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.
  • In 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 moose), the kangaroo rex (kangaroo and 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).
  • Michael Moorcock 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 Half-Human Hybrid) and vulture lions (vulture head, lion body). The Elric Saga 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 
  • Glatisaunt the Questing Beast, as described by Sir Thomas Malory in Le Morte D Arthur: "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." This is also quoted by T.H. White in The Once and Future King.
    • It's been suggested that the Questing Beast was actually a confused description of a giraffe, of all things, considering that it is said to have hooves, spots, and a long neck.
  • The Mutasia series (and franchise) takes place on the eponymous uncharted island of Mutasia, where everyone, Mutasians, is this trope, specifically "mixed up mixes of every type of animal imaginable". And they're all Funny Animals.
  • Most of the animals on Skeeve's home dimension of Klah, from the Myth Adventures series, appear to be this trope, at least to judge by their names (e.g. 'spider-bear').
  • Ology Series: 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; bakus are tapir/elephant crosses with tiger paws; manticores have lion bodies, human heads and scorpion tails; griffins and hippogriffs, as per usual, have eagle-like front halves and lion- or horse-like, respectively, hindquarters.
  • In On Fairy-Stories, J. R. R. Tolkien cited this as the first stage in original monsters — though raising the spectre of muddy and confusing Heinz Hybrid.
  • Oryx and Crake 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).
  • In 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.
  • In the Paradox Universe many Pelted species have more than just humans and one other species in their ancestry:
    • 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.
    • Seersa look mostly like anthropomorphic foxes with feline coat patterns (jaguar rosettes for instance).
    • Aera have the DNA of foxes, mongooses, big cats, humans, and deer, they mostly look feline except for the tiny wings on their ankles.
    • Ciracaana have cat-like lower bodies and canine upper bodies.
    • Glaseah look mostly like skunk-taurs with a pair of bat wings and outer ears composed of feathers.
  • Apollyon in The Pilgrim's Progress:
    "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."
  • In Raise Some Hell 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".
  • In the Archive of our Own original Pondovadia, several animals, including protagonist Ponce, are these and referred to as 'chimeras' in the story.
  • 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 orangeutan, and the ostricheetah.
  • Shades of Grey: Some of Chromatacia's creatures are hybrids of two or more real-life species, such as ratfinks (rodents with lizard scales and claws), bouncing goats (goat front/top half, kangaroo bottom/hind half) and rhinosauruses (sauropods with rhino heads).
  • 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.
  • This Immortal:
    • Spiderbats, imported from offplanet, are exactly that: a mix of spiders and bats, able to fly and grow big enough to carry a grown man.
    • 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.
  • The Thursday Next books have Chimeras, which are creatures of varying description made by Mad Scientists.
  • True History (from around 170 AD) mentions "horse-vultures" among the armies of the Moon King.
  • In Veniss Underground, it's mentioned that Quin has used genetic engineering to produce creations such as beetleworms, eelgoats, and camelapes.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga has Taura, a genetically engineered remnant of a Supersoldier project, with horse genes somewhere in there (among others). She's friendly, cheerful and her favourite colour is pink, but she's also eight feet tall and looks quite a lot like a werewolf. People tend to misjudge her on these grounds.
  • Jack Chalker's Well World 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.
  • The Whingdingdilly, which is about a dog that was turned into a chimera as a result of a magic spell cast upon him by a witch.
  • 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, 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 Arbitrary Skepticism, seeing as they're convinced that there's no such thing as a fird.
    • 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 had no idea they were based on a book).
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and 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).
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alien Worlds (2020): Some of the aliens strongly resemble a mix of Earth animals.
    • The skygrazers resemble a cross between a manta ray and a whale shark but with pink skin. They even lay eggs that are identical to those of horned sharks.
    • The desert grubs of Janus resemble a cross between pillbugs and ants, complete with venom and swarming habits.
    • The predators of Eden resemble blue-furred primates, but with the elastic feeding arms of a cuttlefish. Their prey resemble a cross between a rabbit and a moth.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 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.
  • Alluded to on Degrassi: The Next Generation: Marco thinks bees are "like flying death monkeys".
  • Doctor Who: Discussed in "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.
  • The Drew Carey Show: While searching through the titular company of the "DrugCo" episode, the gang come across a monkey and hippo hybrid dubbed a Monkapotamus.
  • Face/Off, 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.
  • Kratts' Creatures has Ttark, an animated creature who is a combination of a mammal, a reptile, and a bird.
  • Mech-X4 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.
  • Merlin (2008) has featured a hippogriph. This one didn't appear though.
    Arthur: It is said to have the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle and the... face of a... bear.
    • 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.
  • Power Rangers 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?
    • The mutants from Power Rangers Dino Thunder are this trope. Mesogog created these monsters by mixing animals, plants and random objects. Examples include a donkey/pomegranate/vacuum cleaner (Donkeyvac), a centipede/pansy/TV satellite dish (Insectolite) and a sea otter/green pepper/photocopier (Copyotter) to name a few.
  • The Ultra Series has several monsters and aliens from the various shows. The most infamous one being Tyrant from Ultraman Taro, an undead mishmash of body parts of desceased monsters, frankensteined and self-ressurected into one abomination, hell-bent on exacting revenge on the ultra brothers who slayed them in the past.

  • Professor Elemental's song Animal Magic revolves around him describing his mix and match animal experiments.
    No, my Chimpangoat's not the prettiest of creatures
    My Donkeypede has the silliest of features
    My lobsterroos don't like their claws
    My Batraffes do fly into doors
  • West African band Osibisa, who formed in London and did a lot to make African music known in the West, adopted a flying elephant for their LP covers, which became the band's iconic mascot. This is beleived to have been inspired by a snotty and possibly racist remark made by a record company executive, who voiced the opinion that African music was as likely to take off in Britain as an elephant with wings. Osibisia's LPs became million sellers. And all of them had winged elephants on the cover - often a suspicious shade of pink, with scaled-up dragonfly wings and compound insect eyes.

  • 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)Note  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.
  • In addition to the Chimera, we have the Minotaur, The Sphinx and other sphinxesnote , the griffin, Harpies, 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...
  • Beti-Pahuin Mythology produced the Ebigane. It was a monster with the body of a mouse, horns of a buffalo, tusks & size of an elephant, and wings of a bat. Sometimes they could be half human as well.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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 Slasher Smile 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Deadly Gaze. Allegedly a misrepresentation of the perfectly harmless wildebeest.
    • 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. Supposedly based on descriptions of the European bison (also known as the wisent).
    • 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".
    • The Basilisk and Cockatrice — half-chicken, half-snake, all lethal.
  • Some scientists believe that 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.
    • As for fire, animals instinctively fear fire. Humans have largely conquered that fear by conquering fire, but it still crept into the subconscious.
  • 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.
    • 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).
  • 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 young women and children and the only way to kill it was cutting off its tail.
  • The Egyptian gods are often depicted as humans with animal heads.
    • Parodied in 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."
    • 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.
  • Two-headed dogs seem to be very common, possibly as a lesser version of Cerberus. They are already present in Greek Mythology, e.g. Geryon's watchdog Orthus from the tale of Heracles.
    • Most of the monsters from Greek myth were siblings. That is, all those that didn't have some other origin story were.
    • 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).
    • Both of whom are beaten out by daddy dearest, Typhon, who had a hundred serpent's heads—ON EACH HAND.
    • Actually, in some sources, Orthus wasn't Cerberus's brother...well, not full brother. He was his half-brother...and father (Echidna was mother to them both).
  • 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 Orlando Furioso 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.
  • Older Than Dirt: The earliest civilizations, such as Sumer, the Indus Valley, Minoan Crete, and Ancient Egypt, had various mix-and-match beasts such as griffins, lamassu, leogryphs, serpopards, sirrush, and winged snakes. The early Sumerians had gods that were part man and part fish. And some sculptures found in villages older than the first cities also reflect this motif.
  • The Winged Unicorn, pegasus crossed with unicorn, goes back to ancient Greek descriptions of "Ethiopian Pegasoi."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • From the 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."
  • And from the 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."
    • Ezekiel 41:18-19 18 "And it was made with cherubim and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a 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."
  • 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.
  • Chinese Mythology:
    • 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 Japanese Mythology or the ryongs of Korean Mythology, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • The Jersey Devil — body and head of a horse, legs of a stork, wings of a bat, horns, and a devil-like tail.
  • The Ars Goetia 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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 Dungeons & Dragons counterpart.
  • Hindu Mythology 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. And if that wasn't enough, it's also often depicted with a serpent emerging from its mouth. And yes, that is where they got the name from.
  • In Japanese Mythology there is a chimerical creature called the Nue, with the body of a dog, the legs of a tiger, the face of a monkey, 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.
    • Also from Japanese myth is the baku is a Dream Eater with the head of an elephant, the body of a bear, the limbs of a tiger, the ears and eyes of a rhinoceros, and the tail of an ox. In fact, it is said that the first baku was created by the gods from spare parts left over from the creation of all other animals.
    • The Ushi-Oni, a coastal monster resembling a Giant Spider 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.
  • 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 preys upon humans.
  • The Questing Beast that King Arthur 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Ahool is a cryptid from Southeast Asia described as a hybrid of a monkey and a bat.
  • Many Fearsome Critters of American Folklore. Asides the famous rabbit-deer known as the Jackalope, there's also:
    • 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".
    • The Shagamaw resembles a bear with the hindquarters of a moose. It alternates between walking on its forelegs and its hind legs in order to confuse hunters.
    • The Lufferlang is a Giant Spider with a horse's head that fears nothing but its own reflection, for its hideousness is the only thing that can repel it.
    • The Upland Trout is a fish with wings, while the Bildad is half-beaver, half-duck, and a better swimmer than either.
  • One African myth (exactly which culture it comes from has never been revealed) states that, when the rest of the animal kingdom had been made, the Creator noticed he had some parts left over; so, in a burst of originality, he stuck the horns of a Cape buffalo, the beard of a goat, the legs of a gazelle, and the face of a mule onto the body of a horse. Thus, so the story goes, was the origin of the wildebeest.

  • Woody Allen describing the Great Roe, which has "the head of a lion and the body of a lion, although not the same lion".
  • 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."
    • 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.
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Arduin: Vroats have the bodies of gigantic toads and the heads of crocodiles.
  • The Dark Eye: Chimerology, the practice of fusing multiple animals' natures into a single being, was a widespread and respected science in the past, but has since fallen into disfavor. A successful chimera is typically considered to be one which blends wildly different creatures and does so elegantly and efficiently, and preferably one that can be put to some practical use. Almost all chimeras are sterile and cannot breed on their own, but some are fertile enough to have established stable wild populations. Examples include manticores (human face, lion body, scorpion tail) and wolf lizards (wolves with lizard scales, tails and tongues).
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Creatures like this are extremely common in the various settings. Some are natural occurrences, or as natural as things get in most D&D worlds, but most are explicitly identified as the creations of ancient wizards, demon lords and gods.
    • Displacer beasts are six-legged panthers with tentacles on their shoulders.
    • Owlbears have owl heads, feathered and taloned forelegs, and bear hindquarters. They're generally taken to have been the creations of some mad wizard.
    • Chimeras have the head, wings and tail of any one of the five species of chromatic dragon, the forelegs and a second head of a lion, and the hindlegs and a third head of a ram or goat. They were created when the demon lord Demogorgon visited the material plane and, unimpressed with the local creatures, fused some of them into a new species of many-headed monsters. Gorgimeras are a further variant that replaces the goat parts with those of a metal-plated bull.
    • Griffons and hippogriffs are, as in mythology, half eagle and, respectively, half lion and half horse.
    • Kruthiks were created by magically fusing insects and drakes, and are fairly even blends of arthropod and reptilian traits.
    • An article on this in Dragon Magazine describes the armadillephant, dragonfly turtle, duckbunny, moat cat (newt plus puma), spider-horse, and venom dog (mastiff plus scorpion). Why duckbunny? Just because it's a good idea to practice with something less deadly than owlbears.
    • In 3rd Edition, templates made it easy for DMs to Mix and Match their own custom-made game critters.
    • 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.
    • A Prestige Class, 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.
  • Fighting Fantasy: Citadel of Chaos features two monsters: one with a wolf's head and an ape's body, the other precisely the reverse.
  • Gene Storm: The game is set in 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.
  • Hero System: The Alien Wars supplement for 5th edition has 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.
  • Low-Life: The tizn'ts 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..."
  • Pathfinder: Chimeric creatures are extremely common, and usually have supernatural origins.
    • Some mismatched monsters, such as manticores and the classical chimera, are associated with the monster goddess Lamashtu and believed to ultimately descend from her.
    • Owlbears are generally believed to have been the creations of a wizard with too much time on his hands. Skvaders (rabbits with the tails and wings of grouse) and wolpertingers (skavders, but also with antlers) are thought to have been rest runs in hybridization by the same people who made owlbears.
    • It's not uncommon for alebrijes to sport traits of multiple different creatures; they most often have wings of some sort, even if their base animal doesn't. The example given, for instance, is a lion with butterfly wings.
  • Rifts:
  • 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.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Kroot are an odd example, as while they don't look like this on the outside — they're fairly straightforward humanoid avians with a "mane" of quills and no feathered — they do end up looking like this on the inside. They have the ability to incorporate into themselves useful traits from the creatures they eat, which often results in entire organs, glands and more complex systems being incorporated into them more or less unchanged. As a result, a Kroot's internal anatomy is a patchwork of alien organs, many of which don't even share the same biochemistry — Kroot circulatory systems are fairly complex as a result, as they may need to distribute iron-based blood to one organ, copper-based blood to another and entirely more exotic fluids to others still.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: The most werecreatures' various forms 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 Beast→animal). The Moloke werelizards' warform, however, isn't a 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".

    Theme Parks 
  • At Universal Studios:
    • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 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.
    • The theme for one of the scarezones/haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights in 2002 was based around a twisted version of Jurassic Park, 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.

  • Transformers had the Beast Wars "Fuzors," Maximals and Predacons whose beast modes were combined from two different animals. While the line had several, only twonote  would appear in the animated series.
  • 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 (which technically only has one pair of legs), the powerful arms of a Tarakava lizard, the wings of a super-sized Nui-Rama wasp and the stinger tail of a Nui-Jaga scorpion.
  • According to the back-story of the Jurassic Park '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:
    • A Pteranodon crossed with an Ankylosaurus, which still managed to be awesome.
    • Amargospinus (Amargasaurus + Spinosaurus)
    • Compstegnathus (Compsognathus + Stegosaurus)
    • Paradeinonychus (Deinonychus + Parasaurolophus)
    • Tanaconda (Tanystropheus + anaconda)
    • Velociraptoryx (Velociraptor + Archaeopteryx)" (Huh. You don't say...)
    • And the impressively ridiculous "Ultimasaurus", which is essentially the most fearsome parts of every nonhuman Jurassic Park resident combined. The toy was never produced, but fanart of the critter can be seen in Iririv's gallery below and here.
    • Finally, someone was nice enough to devote a deviantART page to the overlooked toy series.
  • "Magna Morph" toys are animals made of separate body parts held together by magnets, and so can be disassembled and reassembled into interesting combinations. Stephen Colbert pointed out that the set includes a grizzly bear and a bald eagle, which means it's theoretically possible to create a Greagle — "Aah! Kill it! Kill it!"
  • The Wuzzles makes insect/mammal creatures cute and cuddly, rather than an unholy vision from H.R. Giger's nightmares.

    Video Games 
  • Aion's natural wildlife would fit right at home with the Woozles or Avatar: The Last Airbender; 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.
  • Kuro from the card battle/otome game Ayakashi: Romance Reborn is a Nue (see "Mythology" above for the description of this Youkai). He keeps it a secret.
  • The Baten Kaitos 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.
  • In Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, the hatchable animals include a kangaroo/lion, a sheep/camel/ostritch, a monkey/bat, a cheetah/gazelle, and a rhino/bird...thing.
  • Bug! had an enemy that was a fish with a doglike head as well as as collar. It's a dogfish. There's also Bug's mount, a dragonfly with the head of a dragon.
  • One of the levels in Conker's Bad Fur Day involves trying to save a group of "catfish" (half-cat, half-fish) from a "bullshark" (half bulldog, half shark).
  • CarnEvil has deadly "spider-monkeys" (crosses between monkeys and spiders) in the Freak Show stage.
  • The fifth boss of Chimera Beast resembles a green-coloured cross between a lion and a boar.
  • Crash Bandicoot
    • Dingodile and Rilla Roo, both anthropomorphic, are near-equal parts dingo and crocodile, and gorilla and kangaroo, respectively.
    • The now-defunct epilogue of Crash Team Racing 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.
    • Crash of the Titans and Crash: Mind Over Mutant 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!
  • The online game 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.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest II: Pazuzu is a long-tailed monkey with wings and ears of bat.
    • Dragon Quest IX: Nodoph is part lion, part dragon, and maybe part ape; his monster type's fairly clearly a nod to the mythical Chimaera and Manticore monsters.
  • The Dungeon Of Doom gives us Alligogs (alligator-frogs) and Lizzogs (lizard-frogs).
  • Fallout
    • Fallout: New Vegas has Nightstalkers, the result of an experiment in splicing coyote and rattlesnake DNA.
    • So far all versions of the game have centaurs as well, which are a mixture of humans, dogs, cats, and FEV.
    • Fallout & 2 have the pigrat as well. Also, the deathclaw is a mixture of Jackson's chameleon and various 'other species'.
  • Crowrilla from Fight Of Animals is a gorilla with the feathers and head of a crow.
  • The Final Fantasy 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 Rule of Cute. In Ivalice, though, moogles tend to look more like a half-bunny, half-bat.
    • In ''Final Fantasy VII we have the kimera bug with the head and body of a mantis, the head and spinnerets of a spider, and the head and wings of a butterfly.
  • Torque from Freedom Planet is a "shellduck": A duck wearing a tortoise shell. Aside from a skeptical comment from Lilac, nobody really seems to notice. Although it's subverted in that the shellduck is a poorly-constructed disguise, and Torque is actually an alien.
  • 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.)
  • God of War has its share of these:
    • Ghost of Sparta has Sea Monster Scylla, who has teeth and jaw of the shark (but with even more teeth), tentacles of the squid, as well as shells of crustaceans.
    • In II there is also the Kraken who has octopus-like tentacles and mostly humanoid-like appearance just like in the Clash of the Titans film.
    • Ascension gives us Manticore who has an interesting design, having a large purple lion-like body with chiropteran wings and chitinous plates, a spiked scorpion tail, the upper head and nuzzle of a lion and the maws of a shark.
    • In III, there are Chimera enemies who just like in the original Greek Mythology, have lion-like body with lion and goat heads and snake-like tail.
    • Also from III', there are Hippocampi, who are water horses with tails of fish, and lobster-like limbs.
  • Half-Life 2 has the Antlions, ant-like critters with the comparable size and strength of lions. They sound creepy, but admittedly they can get really cute.
  • Halo 2: Everyone say hello to Doberman-Gator!
  • Deathstalker Rexxar in Hearthstone lets you make your own with your hero power. Choose a beast from two sets of three, smash them together, and have fun!
  • In Heroes of Might and Magic V and VI, mix and match critters can be created in two ways: they're either Half Human Hybrids 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 (griffins are believed to have been created in this manner).
    • 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 tropenote , and the only non-Warlock mix-and-match is the neutral Medusa... who was turned into a Dungeon (equivalent of Warlock) creature for III.
  • Hybrid Animals is a game based around this trope. By 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.
  • This is the entire concept of Impossible Creatures, a Real-Time Strategy game wherein you can make an entire army of chimeras from your choice of a few dozen base animals.
  • The player's avatar can fall under this in Impressive Title thanks to Character Customization 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.
    • Subverted with Feral Heart 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.
  • Jade Cocoon 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.
  • Many creatures in Jak and Daxter. 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.
  • The 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.
  • The pet system introduced to Kingdom Hearts χ 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.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has the Lobsterfrogmen. Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • You get the chance to play as one of these in E.V.O.: Search for Eden, since the game lets you mix and match creature parts.
  • Klonoa:
    • Klonoa himself. Combine one part cat, one part dog, one part rabbit, and sixteen parts cute.
    • Popka, who is half dog, half insect, and also appears to be part stuffed animal too.
  • The Legend of Zelda 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).
  • Master of the Monster Lair: 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:
    • The apple viper, which also qualifies as a Planimal.
    • The rogue leon, which is a humanoid with lion head and bat wings.
    • The devlin, which is half devil and half goblin.
  • Minecraft has the Mooshroom mob, which is a red-and-white half-cow, half-mushroom.
  • Monster Crown touts "True Crossbreeds" as one of its main features. Once monster breeding becomes available to the player, the offspring of any two creatures is a hybrid that incorporates both parents' appearances, abilities, and elemental affinities; for example, mixing a three-headed hydra with a wolf will produce a three-headed wolf.
  • Monster Hunter absolutely LOVES this trope. Some examples include:
    • 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.
    • What happens when you base a monster on a Raiju, a gorilla, a mountain goat, and a minotaur for good measure? Rajang.
    • What do you get when you crossbreed a dragon and a smilodon? A Barioth. Also, pain. Lots and lots of pain.
    • And in the 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 drill horn.
  • Mother 3: It provides the page imagenote , with some of its many Chimarae; bio-engineered animal hybrids that are the standard mooks for most of the game. Some of the crazier ones, like the Cattlesnake and Pigtunia, aren't shown in the above image.
  • Sega Dreamcast Action RPG Napple Tale has Frocar, anthropomorphic frog on top and automobile on the bottom. He's a pillar of the community!
  • Ninja: Shadow of Darkness: Some of the bosses are hybrid creatures. The first one is a combination of a Minotaur and a giant crocodile, while the Cloud City Boss is a T-Rex with Dragon wings (it looks as ridiculous as it sounds, a combination of those massive wings with its scrawny arms...).
  • No Man's Sky: 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.
  • In 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.
  • 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.
  • In Gokujou Parodius, the first boss is a tutu-wearing panda with a quacking duck's head on top of its own.
  • The 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.
  • Several Pokémon, especially plant/animal hybrids under the Grass type.
    • Arcanine is a large wolf-like dog, with the stripes and coloration of a tiger that appears to be based on a Shisa (lion-dog cross that originated from sculptors that had never seen lions before referencing dogs and going by descriptions of lions).
    • Entei is a lion-like dog possibly based on similar myths as Arcanine. It's said to bark, and it has a mane and retractable claws like a lion.
    • Eevee and its Eeveelutions take aspects from foxes, dogs, cats, possibly rabbits, and in the case of Flareon, a lion, Jolteon, a coyote and a cheetah, and Vaporeon, a mermaid. The fandom generally, but not universally, believes that they are supposed to be seen more as foxes or dogs more so than the other animals they borrow traits from.
    • Mightyena and its pre-evo, Poochyena, are based on hyenas, and have many wolf-like traits, like howling and its general appearance.
    • Type: Null and Silvally from Sun and Moon are lab-produced chimeras with many traits coming from unknown sources. It has bird talons, a fish fin for a tail, a wolf-like head with a beak, cat or dog back feet with scales, and a crest of feathers on its head, and overall a wingless griffon-like appearance.
    • Sharpedo is a shark with the body of an ocean sunfish.
    • The Fossil Pokemon Dracozolt, Arctozolt, Dracovish and Arctovish from Pokémon Sword and Shield are revived from completely mismatched fossils — one of two front halves (-zolt, -vish) and one of two back halves (Draco-, Arcto-), taking stats and abilities from both. Of note, many of them have improper proportions and placements, such as Dracozolt's upper body being too small, Dracovish's head being placed on the end of the tail, Arctovish's head being upside-down, etc.
  • In Return to Mysterious Island, 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.
  • The ratigators from Sewer Shark.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Variation occurs in Sonic Adventure and 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.
    • 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.
  • Part of the appeal of Spore is the ability to build your own Mix-and-Match Critters, among other possibilities.
  • Starbound's entire concept is all about taking random generation Up to Eleven, up to the animals inhabiting the planets, which can have a variety of weird body types grafted together.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Yoshi is supposed to be a dinosaur... with a turtle-like shell that doubles as a saddle, a chamelon/froglike tongue that swallows everything, and has been known to grow (feathered) wings and breathe fire... and he wears boots.
    • 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.
    • The first boss of Virtual Boy Wario Land is the aptly named "Dinosaur Fish."
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves 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.
  • In Syberia, youki have characteristics of seals, bears, and dogs.
  • The Sea Creatures of Tales of Monkey Island 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. And their calls are... kind of weird.
  • In Tales of the Abyss, we have rappigs: pigs with soft pink fur and rabbit ears. 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 The Anime of the Game shows them being closer to the size of a small dog.
    • Tales of Xillia 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.
  • The main selling point of Fallout 4's Automatron DLC is the addition of a new Robot Buddy 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 Gatling Good 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 Fragile Speedster Close-Range Combatant or a Mighty Glacier Long-Range Fighter.
  • Longma from Them's Fightin' Herds are horse/dragon hybrids. Tianhuo looks like a scaley horse with a firey mane.
  • 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).
  • World of Warcraft
    • World of Warcraft includes Moonkin, which are owlbears, as well. Druid characters are shapeshifters, and if one takes the offensive spellcasting talents, you can change into one.
    • 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 drunk...
  • The Dragonturtles from the Wonderland Adventures games, which are basically turtles with dragon horns.
  • Yoku's Island Express: Kickback, your sidekick, has a body like a pufferfish, but flowing fins like a goldfish. And during his reveal as the Big Bad, he takes on gigantic talons and attributes from still other creatures.
  • Zera from Zera: Myths Awaken is supposed to look like a mix of an axolotl and a bat.

    Visual Novels 
  • Shall We Date? franchise:
    • Based on his description, Raizo from Mononoke Kiss is clearly meant to be a Nue. Unlike the thoroughly malevolent Nue of Wizardess Heart, he's a geniunely good guy and protects the protagonist.
    • Chimeras and Nue both appear in Wizardess Heart.

    Web Comics 
  • 8-Bit Theater: 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?
  • In The Adventures of Shan Shan, a winged lion.
  • Battle Kreaturez: many of the titular Mons are designed this way. Notable examples include Geksaur, which combines attributes of lizards and dinosaurs; Scuthon, which combines traits of boas, pythons and crocodilians; and Silkiure, which resembles a furry wingless dragonfly/hornet/moth.
  • Sheen, the main character of The Bedfellows, is a cat/dog hybrid.
  • Beyond the Canopy has spider crabs which (unlike Real Life spider crabs) are giant spiders with crab claws. There's also a brief appearance by deer that have small trees in place of antlers.
  • Children of Eldair: The elves use some kind of horse-deer-goat things as mounts.
  • The Comic Adventures of Left & Right: Owldog is the result of "unspeakable owl/dog atrocities."
  • Commander Kitty has Zenith, an 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 spare parts of the people she's captured.
  • Creatures of Zenith 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.
  • 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.)
  • Dragon Mango: One of the many main characters summoned a hippogryff -- half-hippopotamus, half-griffin.
  • El Goonish Shive with its chimerae and Shapeshifting devices. This is taken to another level involuntarily with Vlad/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 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 any and 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.
  • Enemy Quest has the Skut, speedy rodent-lizard hybrid critters with six eyes and acid for blood. An individual Skut is actually a single personality and intellect spread over multiple bodies.
  • Erfworld has the Unipegataurs, which are Winged centaurs with tiny horns on their foreheads.
  • The comics of the Fifteen Minds Tumblr feature several examples of combo critters.
    • 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 Lamprey Mouth.
    • 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.
  • Muut from Gunnerkrigg Court is shown as a human with the head and feet of an owl (the original character from Cahuilla Native American myth was just a giant owl). Gunnerkrigg Court has also featured the classical Minotaur as a character.

  • Homestuck: Mooks 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 Reality Warper powers from Becquerel. The royalty of Prospit and Derse take on all the prototyped features at once through their Requisite Royal Regalia, and any Prospitian or Dersite can use said regalia. This is taken to an extreme in the trolls' session when they accumulate twelve separate prototype features including some nearly gamebreaking psychic abilities that made the Black King almost unbeatable.
    • Humanimals, one of Hussie's earlier works, was entirely devoted to exploring this trope and all its potential Mundane Utility implications — as well as subtle, playful satire of Furry Fandom. Equius's lusus Aurthour and some of Dirk's work are a Shout-Out to this.
  • Heroes of Thantopolis Xisea has the body of a spider and the head of a cat. Surprisingly adorable in practice
  • Inverloch had D'akor: furry, humanoid goat-wolves.
  • In Irritability, Exoth keeps a stock of modular chimaera parts in one of his labs that can just be snapped together.
  • Kevin & Kell: a few examples, due to Interspecies Romance coming into play:
    • Coney: essentially a wolf in a rabbit body.
    • Turvy: a bat with hedgehog quills.
    • Savanna: a lion with the large body structure of a rhino (so large that her mother had to have a c-section) and a horn that can retract like a lion's claws.
    • No one, however, could ever explain the half-fennec fox, half-rabbit Francis though, and he eventually spontaneously turned human anyway.
  • One wizard in Looking for Group 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 Humanoid Abomination as punishment:think Dynah, but with ass. Except more ass. *shudder*
  • Mountain Time's snailbear somehow manages to combine this with Fauxlosophic Narration.
    • Also has the Lirus, which is a lion mixed with a virus.
    • Not to mention the Pelican Cello, which is, well... you figure it out.

  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Since the strip is explicitly set in a world based on Dungeons & Dragons, naturally it takes this one on.
    • Roy questions the existence of a brontosaurus. He is told that if hippogriffs can exist, why not an apatosaurus with the head of a camarasaurus?
  • The Princess Planet 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.
  • In The Redacverse, arachnocurrillas are basically sasquatch-like creatures with giant spider legs.
    • The Fly-Touch spell turns anyone into a half-fly hybrid. Of course, it gets used on an arachnocurrilla.
  • Kitter Catter from Sparklecare is a cross between a cat and a caterpillar.
  • 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).
  • The man-kittens in String Theory.
  • Several animals in Tower of God, most notably the 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.
  • 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.
  • Wondermark gives us the majestic Piranhamoose. Awesome.
  • When Meegs from Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic 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.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, a lot of the critters and creatures are a mix of two things: snake-centipede, mushroom-frog, hawk-wolf, red panda-sloth, to name a few.

    Web Original 
  • The Bearsharktopus.
  • Several in Dark Souls, such as the Catbear.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Mibirds are part monkey, part bird.
    • Liords are part lion, part lizard.
    • K-Seal is similar to a walrus, but has a horn like a narwhal.
    • Screech has bird wings, blue-furred arms and legs, yellow claws and talons, red back spikes, a dark-blue spiked tail, a fireball-shaped head, and a body like a square rocket turbine. Wow.
    Autmn: Its like a harpie and a lizard got stuck in a rocket with a fireball for a head.
  • 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.
  • Lots of "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.
    • One strange instance had a character which consisted of a hyena crossed with a cuttlefish...
  • In a somewhat similar vein to the above example, the furry roleplay City of Unity has this as a major plot point; As maintained by the 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)
  • HumanDescent on loves doing digital manipulations of this nature.
  • 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).
  • Rather Good Flash animation "Zoology Dragon" that is about a Dragon that combines animals... Into cubes.
  • A few more gems from DeviantArt:
  • 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.
  • Some Uni Creatures are hybrids, including Capricious (goat/dragon,) Felic ("cowbunnyhorse") and Diani (deer/wolf.)
  • The SCP Foundation has carefully secured this former barn. It can even create mix-and-match plant life.
  • Pokémon:
    • 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.
    • 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.
      Weepinbell: do you love me brother
      Doduo: Be strong Clarence. Be strong for Mother.
    • 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 Fountain of Memes for the ridiculous hybrid names it gives and the ridiculous appearances of these hybrids, and is sometimes a source of cool fusions. Highlights include:
      • 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).
      • Slowbone, a fusion between a Slowpoke (or a Slowbro) and a Cubone.
      • Zapdos, a fusion between a Zapdos and a Gyarados. Contrary to its name, it is not Shaped Like Itself — it has the body of a Gyarados and the face/head of a Zapdos.
      • Gender, a fusion between a Gengar and a Shellder.
      • Beemime, a fusion between a Beedrill and a Mr. Mime.
      • Eew, a fusion between an Eevee and a Mew.
      • Doom, a fusion between a Doduo and a Gloom.
      • 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.
      • Kingking, a fusion between a Kingler and a Nidoking, which also doubles as hilarious and awesome.
      • Dragontales, a fusion between a Dragonite and a Ninetales.
      • 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.
      • Starlee, a fusion between a Starmie and a Hitmonlee, not to be confused with Starly.
      • Math, a fusion between a Machamp and a Meowth.
      • Farto, a fusion between a Farfetch'd and a Ditto. Also doubles as a Shout-Out to ProZD's joke about terrible Pokemon nicknames, in which a Pikachu had to accept being nicknamed Farto.
      • Mr. Cool, a fusion between a Mr. Mime and a Tentacool.
      • Blaster, a fusion between a Blastoise and a Cloyster, depicted as a Blastoise head in a Cloyster shell. Does This Remind You of Anything??
      • Dora, a fusion between a Dodrio and an Abra.
      • Cumer, a fusion between a Cubone and a Grimer. Unsurprisingly, it looks like someone underneath a white Grimer.
      • Squirter, a fusion between a Squirtle and a Haunter.
      • Pikachu, a fusion between a Pikachu and a Raichu, which looks like a Raichu but with Pikachu's color scheme.
  • At Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe, 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.
  • The Dino Pirahna in Episode 8 of Bowser's Kingdom is the offspring of Steve the Pirhana Plant and a Dino Rhino.
  • Most, if not all, of the animals in The 99 Rooms.

    Western Animation 
  • Dr. Gross from Adventure Time has made several of these, including a scorpion-chipmunk, a mouse-shark, a bee-chicken, and a clock-bear. They also have plenty of cybernetic implants like she does.
  • Penny, Gumball's girlfriend from The Amazing World of Gumball, is an anthropomorphic peanut with antlers.
    • 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.
  • Starting from the sixth season of Arthur, D.W.'s friend Emily is implied to be one of these, as her mom and dad are a rabbit and monkey respectively and her jaw was redesigned to be more rounded and slightly "monkey-like" compared to the other rabbit characters in the show.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender and Sequel Series The Legend of Korra 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.
    • The Team Pet, Momo, is a flying lemur (it has wings similar to a bat's).
    • Earlier designs of Appa, the other Team Pet, a flying bison, were a mix between a bison and a manatee, only with six legs. Appa's final design, while still only called a "bison", doesn't quite resemble any real animal, being a large white furry Cartoon Creature with six legs.
    • The "penguins" from the first episode have four flippers and otter-like tails. They are only called "penguins" however, similar to Appa.
    • The farm in "Zuko Alone" has almost every common meat animal, albeit mixed with a pig.
    • A side comic on actually had scorpion bees.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • "The Old Masters" has Aang making a reference to "a spider-fly caught in its own web".
    • "Appa's Lost Days" has a shot of a Jackalope. As well as a 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).
    • In one episode, a "train" powered by earth benders passes by a herd of antelope foxes.
    • Sokka mentions hunting arctic hippo, which many have assumed to be a cross between a hippo and a polar bear.
    • Catgators: catfish/alligator crosses. Kept as pets by the waterbenders of the swamp region.
    • Dragonfly: figure it out for yourself.
    • There are Hermit Crab Spiders in "The Northern Air Temple".
    • Gorilla-goat: Possibly one of the strangest hybrids ever seen on Avatar.
    • Tiger Seals: Slightly disappointing, as they looked more like striped seals than actual seal/tiger hybrids.
    • Saber-tooth Moose-Lion: But the baby is so cute!
    • Sparrowkeet: Another bad pun.
    • Wolf-bats: Especially because they can fly AND prowl. You aren't safe anywhere!
    • Badger frog: Seen in "The Western Air Temple". Zuko talks to it while practicing what he's going to say to Team Avatar after his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Dragon-moose: Seen drawing a cart in "The Runaway".
    • Turtle-ducks: Young Zuko is seen feeding a mother turtle-duck and her babies with his mother. Secretly, they are his favorite animals.
    • "Snail-sloth": It's not seen, but used as a phrase to indicate slowness or laziness.
    • "Elephant-rhino'' is similar as it is never seen, but is used as a replacement in the idiom "elephant in the room".
    • 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.
    • Aang meets an ancient giant lion turtle posing as an island, who teaches him the art of energy-bending.
    • Cow Hippo: Apparently likes to eat meat.
    • 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 Mood Whiplash of a sort) in "Tales of Ba Sing Se".
    • Koala-Sheep. Basically, adorable balls of fluff that make great pillows.
    • Ostrich-Horses seem to be the main means of travel before the invention of air-balloon and cars.
    • 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.
    • Korra's Canine Companion Naga the Polar Bear dog, just as giant as one might assume
    • Bolin's pet fire ferret Pabu, a mix between a ferret and a red panda
    • Descendants of rediscovered Sky Bison, and Ringtailed Winged Lemurs, close cousins to Flying Lemur Momo, live on Air Temple Island.
    • Lizard-crows scavenge in Republic City's urban sprawl.
    • Additionally, spider-rats seem to be a pest problem.
    • Bolin once mentions a "poodle-pony."
    • Korra uses a comparison to a "weasel-snake" as an insult.
    • In Season 3, Korra, Asami and the crew of a downed airship are chased by a giant sand shark that looks like the cross between a Great White and a Sarcastic Fringehead.
    • Dragons combine the overall shape and spiritual connection of Asian dragons with the wings and association with fire of European dragons.
    • Let's not leave out the Badger-Moles who taught Toph how to be awesome.
    • Notably averted by the Earth King's pet bear. That's it. Just a bear. And unlike the "penguins" from the first episode, it looks and behaves exactly like a real bear. The others are confounded by this information.
      Katara: Wait, you mean like a platypus-bear?
      Sokka: No, just a bear.
      Toph: This place is weird.
    • On that note, platypus-bears aren't just something Katara said in the above quote. We had seen them beforehand, thus creating the oddity of a Mix-and-Match Critter that has another Mix-and-Match Critter as one of its components.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold's B'wana Beast has this as his superpower. He can combine two separate animals into one. Even Batman thinks it's kinda weird.
  • Biker Mice from Mars 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.
  • CatDog. 'Nuff said.
  • The title character of 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.
  • An episode of Class of 3000 shows that Eddie owns a pet crocobear named Mindy.
  • Clone High gives us the hunkicorn: "half hummingbird, half donkey, and half unicorn."
    "I hope your Mom wasn't the hummingbird!"
  • The Crumpets 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.
  • Cupcake & Dino: General Services has Kattycorn in "Everybody loves Kattycorn", who's part cat, part unicorn.
  • Dawn of the Croods 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).
  • In "A Pet for Everyone" from Doc McStuffins, the Wicked King creates the Perfectly Royal Perfect Pet Pavilion which allows toys to create designer pets. When the McStuffins Pet Rescue Team has to break in at night to rescue Bob, a non-designer pet toy dog that Hallie has decided to adopt, they end up accidentally creating a designer pet as well. It has a rubber duck head, a squirrel tail, rabbit and cat ears and parts from various other animals. The Wicked King itself ends up adopting it.
  • One scene in Duck Amuck had the animator erase Daffy'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.
  • In Elena of Avalor, the realm of Vallestrella is inhabited by these types of creatures, who are based on the Mexican folk art of alebrijes. Notably, the Series Mascot, 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 Serpents, who are based off of Quetzalcoatl).
  • In the Family Guy episode "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!", Peter once took the lyric "Two turtledoves" literally and gave Lois a pair of genetically engineered doves with turtle shells for Christmas. After letting them loose, they flew around the living room erratically and the Griffins decided to spend that Christmas outside.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum has the Rattleskunkupine, which Fanboy describes as "half rattlesnake, half porcupine, all skunk".
  • Most of the jokes on Tex Avery'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).
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Gravity Falls gives us an example using already fantastical monsters with the Gremloblin, a cross between goblins and gremlins. Apparently, those who gaze into its eyes are shown their worst nightmares and in all cases suffer catatonia from it. Contact with water also makes them turn far more menacing, even growing wings.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) was full of these. Some examples:
    • Molkrom, a centaur-like demon with the head of a horse, a wolf's tail and teeth, bull horns and tentacles for arms.
    • 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.
  • In the I Am Weasel episode "I Am Deity", the miniature weasels and baboons breed, which results in waboons and babeasels.
  • Kim Possible villain DNAmy loves plush toy Mix-and-Match Critters called "Cuddlebuddies" (like pandaroo) and makes living ones with LEGO Genetics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee has an episode dedicated to Juniper meeting a bat-otter.
  • Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart: Orangusnake, as the name indicates, would be a hybrid of orangutan and snake with the latter taking the head and the former being most of the body. And then it turns out to be a subversion, as Orangusnake is actually two individuals: A snake named Coby, and an orangutan named Tanner. They just join and use armor to pretend to be a single, more intimidating criminal.
  • My Little Pony TV Specials:
    • Scorpan, The Dragon to the first Big Bad of the franchise, is for all intents and purposes a baboon with bat wings.
    • Tirac also has mooks that can be described as half-orc and half-lizardman.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Numerous monsters in the show have fit this trope, including:
      • Manticores are lions with bat wings and scorpion tails. "No Second Prances" has a manticore that also sports a pair of horns.
      • Cockatrices have vaguely draconic bodies and chicken heads.
      • Fruit bats are literally hybrids of bats and fruit. "Bats!" introduces "vampire fruit bats", a Darker and Edgier form of the same that suck fruit dry of juice.
      • 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.
      • Fly-ders are just that — spiders with fly wings.
      • Maulwurfs are described as half-mole, half-bear, half-raging-pile-of-claws. The one in "To Change a Changeling" is, in practice, a giant mole with a bearlike stance and the teeth of a pocket gopher.
      • The sphinx in "Daring Done?" is a massive lion-like creature with feathered wings and a pony's head.
      • In "Non-Compete Clause", the main characters are menaced by a school of biteacudas, piranha-like fish with bat wings.
      • This actively Exploited in "School Raze", where 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.
    • 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.
    • Discord, the 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.
    • 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).
    • In the Season 4 finale, the G4 incarnation Tirek appears as a mix of centaur, baboon and bull.
  • The dinosaurs in The New Adventures of Jonny Quest episode "Peril of the Reptilian," most memorably the Tyrannosaurus with Pteranodon wings. The Reptilian himself is said to be part human, part dinosaur, but he isn't as blatant as Phorbus' other creations, looking like your standard anthropomorphic lizard man.
  • In Peppermint Rose, Petalpuff the dragon is half dragon and half elephant.
  • The "something that doesn't exist" from the Phineas and Ferb opening theme is a half-turtle, half-unicorn with webbed hind legs.
    • 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.
      Candace: I just discovered why cows and frogs don't date.
    • Also "The Wizard of Odd" had Buford as a combination lion, tiger and bear.
      Candance, Jeremy and Baljeet: Oh my.
      Buford: If I Had a Nickel for every time I herd that...
    • 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.
  • The Pirates of Dark Water had Niddler the Monkey-Bird as one of its Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
  • Alfe from The Problem Solverz is supposed to be part human, part dog, and part anteater, although he doesn't really resemble any of those.
  • In one episode of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, the Monster of the Week was an army of skeletal cattle that were in reality a genetically engineered cross between cows, bees, and piranhas.
  • The Simpsons:
    • 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!
    • Played straight in one Treehouse of Horror 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.
    • There is also a memorable appearance by an "octoparrot" at a dubious center for scientific research which insists that "Polly shouldn't be".
  • Maleficent's goons from Sleeping Beauty, which all resemble evil pig-vulture-gorilla-crocodile-things.
  • South Park 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 Al Gore).
    Al Gore: Manbearpig is real! I'm SUPER cereal!
    • And the God is best described as hippo-cat with a lizard's tongue.
    • 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...its face looks like Mr. Garrison.
  • Nelvana's Spliced could be considered The Wuzzles' Spiritual Successor, with inspiration from The Island of Doctor Moreau. Entree is part chicken, part pig, part cow, and part shrimp; Two-Legs Joe is a rhinoceros with a bird on his rear end; Mister Smarty-Smarts is a dolphin-chimpanzee; Princess is a gorilla-pony; Patricia is a platypus; Octocat is Exactly What It Says on the Tin; and Peri is...well, not even he knows for sure.
  • In "The Camping Episode" of Spongebob Squarepants, 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. 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...
    • In "I Was A Teenage Gary", the snail plasma injection causes SpongeBob to turn into a snail-sea sponge hybrid. Ditto for Squidward.
  • Centipeetle from Steven Universe 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, a single eye in her mouth, and acidic saliva.
  • An early Fleischer Studios Superman cartoon had the Man of Steel pitted against the Hawk People, a Winged Humanoid species with bird heads, and strong enough to give Supes trouble.
  • In the Sushi Pack 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.
  • Just in case humanoid turtles (and a rat, a rhinoceros, a boar, a gecko...) didn't qualify, the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series had an episode where the Villain of the Week was a Mad Scientist that bred Mix-and-Match Critters to be his slaves (a gorilla-bison was among the examples).
    • 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.
  • ThunderCats (1985) followed suit, of course.
  • Melvin the Monster from the Tiny Toon Adventures 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.
  • In Transformers: Beast Wars, 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 his body was the fusion of the bodies of two other Maximals.
    • 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.
    • Transformers: Prime includes a Shout-Out to the Fuzors, by having Ratchet mention one by name (Bantor).
      "He was all mandrill before I put a tiger in his tank!"
  • 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).
  • This trope is exemplified by Disney's The Wuzzles, where all of the characters the show's world are combinations of two different animals. The main characters include Eleroo (elephant + kangaroo), Bumblelion (lion + bee), Rhinokey (monkey + rhino), Moosel (moose + seal), Hoppopotamus (hippo + rabbit), and Butterbear (butterfly + bear).
  • Zeke's Pad: Sketch, the ideal pet Zeke creates in "Fetch a Sketch", is a is very weird looking creature, with a hyena's jaw, feathers, fins, and other weird parts.

    Real Life 
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • The female, on the other hand, sweats milk. And both of them can sense electric fields...
    • And the best part: this semi-aquatic duck-billed web-footed egg-laying poison-spurred milk-sweating electricity-sensing furred creature is a mammal.
    • 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.
    • And as if platypuses weren't already bizarre enough on the outside, they also have a reproductive system like a bird with only one functional ovary, have no stomach (the esophagus connects directly to the intestine), secrete their own antibiotics, have ten sex chromosomes instead of two, and combine genes from reptiles, mammals and birds despite them having evolved separately.
    • For a cherry on top of all this weirdness, it was discovered in 2020 that platypuses glow bright green in the dark under UV light. Amusingly, its biofluorescent glow is the same color as Perry the Platypus.
  • And if you thought the platypus was bizarre, wait 'till you meet its close cousin, the echidna. It has all of the platypus' peculiar features, also laying eggs, sweating milk, having electro-receptors on its snout, and bearing ankle spurs, but mixed with an anteater's narrow mouth and long tongue, the sharp quills of a hedgehog, backwards-facing hind feet, a belly pouch in the females where she carries her unhatched egg, ankle spurs like the platypus but instead of secreting venom houses a smelly musk gland, and in the male, a four-headed penis. Sadly, despite their weirdness, they aren't as well-known as their aquatic cousins (save perhaps Knuckles the Echidna.
  • Well, maybe the platypus and echidna were not quite the weirdest ever — the prehistoric 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.
    • It's quite telling how bizarre this creature was when for several decades, scientists couldn't even figure out its top from its bottom and its front from its back! When it was first reconstructed, it was depicted as walking on several spiny stilts while having waving tentacles on its back. However, upon examination of other related species, they realized their reconstruction was upside down: the "stilts" were actually defensive dorsal spines, and the "back tentacles" were fleshy legs!
    • Even after this, it was unclear which end was the head: it was commonly assumed that a dark blot on one end was the creature's head, until 2014, when a closer examination revealed a pair of eyes on the opposite end. The dark blotch mistaken for Hallucigenia's front? It was actually poop and body fluids that squirted out its guts during fossilization...
  • In 2020, paleontologists unearthed the most complete Spinosaurus fossil yet...and surprisingly, it had a broad flat finned tail that confirmed theories since 2014 that Spinosaurus was aquatic. Amusingly, this has caused the Spino to be described as a bizarre fusion of a crocodile, a goose, a Dimetrodon and an eel.
  • This dog named Rami, a bizarre-looking crossbreed between a dachshund and a pitbull. No, really.
  • 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.
  • 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 zoologynote .
    • 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.
    • 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. Their Greek name, in particular, comes from the Ancient Greek words for "sparrow" and "camel".
      • Like the ostrich, a Greek synonym for "llama" comes from the words "sheep" and "camel", referring to its camel-like body and its sheep-like wool.
  • The Brown Hyena is best desribed as having a bear's face, a bat's ears, a zebra's legs, a dog's paws and a fuzzy body almost like a bird's.
  • 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.
  • Odobenocetops was an extinct tusked species of whale that looked like some freakish fusion of a narwhal and a walrus (its name literally means "walrus-faced whale").
  • Ligers (bred for their skills in magic, of course) and tigons. (And bears, oh my!) Hoo-boy, let's not even start on hybrid cats.
  • For a very long time, the theropod dinosaur Deinocheirus was shrouded in mystery. All that was known from it were a pair of giant clawed arms each about eight feet long (hence its name, meaning "terrible hand"), and not much else. That is, until over 50 years after its discovery that a complete skeleton was found, and turns out, the arms may have been the least distinctive feature of the long-lost dino: it had a head like a horse, a bill like a goose, a hump like a camel, was covered in feathers, was about the size of a T. Rex and apparently ate fish. And perhaps the strangest thing of all was that it was a particularly aberrant member of the ornithomimosaur family, which mostly consisted of the small "ostrich dinosaurs" such as Struthiomimus.
  • Kirk Cameron's fictitious "Crocoduck", which he believes scientists believe would be the ultimate proof of evolution.
    • 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).
    • 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".
    • 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.
    • Spinosaurus is nowadays jokingly referred to as a "Crocoduck", since we now know it had very short hindlegs and webbed feet.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 toothy pteranodonts.
  • 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.
    • Well, most of the silly combinations.
  • Cracked comes to the rescue again with various bizarre and scary hybrids.
  • The Okapi; the only remaining giraffe that doesn't look like the tall blondes one thinks of 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 (Okapia). 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.
    • Speaking of zebras, let's talk about equids. Most people are familiar with what you get when a male donkey and female horse mate, a mule (while the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey is known as a hinny). But what happens when you cross-breed a Zebra with a horse or a donkey? You get a Zorse or Zedonk respectively.
    • Find any kid that sees a picture of a wildebeest and doesn't say "horned horse".
  • Clarus the Dogcow, mascot of the Apple Macintosh. "Moof!"
  • North American folklore has the jackalope, a jackrabbit with horns.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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. Most unusually, however, was that it was neither a dinosaur or a crocodile: it's a close relative of the modern Komodo Dragon.
  • Chalicotheres looked like a pumped up-cross between a horse and a gorilla (or amusingly, a literal Donkey Kong), possessing a horse-like head with a slouched posture and an ape-like knuckle-walking gait. Strangely, its closest relatives are the tapir and rhino.
  • 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.
  • Macrauchenia is a Cenozoic herbivorous mammal that looked like a bizarre mashup of a camel, a giraffe, and an elephant.
    • At the same time, there was a turtle knock-off of both in Australia: Meiolania.
  • This trope is not Speculative Fiction 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.
    • Taken to extremes by this tree, one of a number of "Tree Of 40 Fruits" graft-hybrids produced by artist Sam Van Aken.
  • 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.
  • There is now a Twitter account which tweets solely hypothetial pictures of hybrid creatures.
  • 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.
  • The sub-Reddit HybridAnimals.
  • Caulicephalus was a pterosaur found in South America that resembled an Ornithocheirus with a Pteranodon-like crest.
  • 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.)
    • 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 replication
    • 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.
  • Camel-llamas (camas). They have traits of both, looking like a humpless camel with a llama's head.
  • 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.
  • Flying Fox bats look almost like bats with dog heads.
  • The Spider-Tailed Viper is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • 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.
  • The sheepshead fish has what appears to be human teeth.
  • 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.
  • The red panda could be described as 1/4 giant panda, 1/4 raccoon, 1/4 fox, and 1/4 cat.
  • 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.
  • Sightings of a creature in Africa that has the body of a large feline but with large stripes as markings sparked a legend that it's the offspring of a leopard and a hyena. It's now known to be 100% cheetah with a particularly rare fur coat pattern, dubbed the king cheetah.
  • The Australopithecus is often described as an ape's head upon a human body. Aside from the size, telling apart their bones and human ones isn't easy even for specialists. Hardly surprising; resizing a few bones is much easier than the brain work, so of course that part was done quckly.


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Kermit & Fozzie's dad

To play with the gag of Kermit & Fozzie being identical twins, their father is shown to be a bizarre mix of the two characters.

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