Mantyger

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Mantyger

Region of origin: Medieval Europe

A chimeric beast with the body of a tyger, a creature from heraldry similar to but distinct from a tiger, and the hands and face of a man with curling horns and tusks. It is believed the name may be a corruption of the Persian manticore based on a false etymology and use has become somewhat intertwined, but despite some similar features they are often considered separate beasts, and the mantyger may take its origins from second-hand descriptions of baboons.

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The Paraná Creature

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The Paraná Creature

Region of origin: Carmen del Paraná, Itapúa, Paraguay

Discovered in late October, 2015 floating down the shoreline of the Paraná River in Paraguay, locals came across the decomposing corpse of a small, strange creature. It had wrinkled, frog-like skin and limbs but the hands, tail and face of a primate. Firefighters were called and several photographs were taken but no medical examination or positive identification is ever known to have taken place. Theories of its origins have ranged from a dead monkey whose body was affected by its time in the water to possibly being some kind of relation to the chupacabra.

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Nanaue

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Nanaue

Region of origin: Waipio Valley, Hawai’i

Kamohoali, a god and the king of all sharks, was swimming close to the Waipio Valley on the big island of Hawaii, was struck by the a woman who had gone swimming late at night, Kalei. Posing as a human chief, he returned to land and sought her out, the two falling in love and eventually getting married. They lived together and in time Kalei became pregnant with a son. Kamohoali realized he could not stay on land forever and had to return to the sea. Heartbroken, he disappeared, in some versions informing Kalei of his divine nature and others he did not, but before leaving he had instructed Kalei that their son must never eat animal flesh. The son, Nanaue, was born with a large gaping hole in his back, resembling a fish’s mouth. Kalei did her best to hide this, and prevent Nanaue from eating meat as she was told, but when he came of age his grandfather, hoping his grandson would grow up into a great warrior, fed him a large, meat-heavy meal. After this, the mouth in Nanaue’s back grew shark-like fangs, he became filled with a voracious hunger and found he could take on the form of a shark when he entered the water. As he grew, the hunger increased, and he could not resist eating the other villagers as they swam in the water. He was eventually found out and chased out of the village. He fled to Maui and attempted to start a new life, marrying a local chiefess, but eventually his hunger got the better of him and was once again chased off after being unable to help himself from eating a young girl, this time arriving in Molokai where he led a more secretive life. He was able to control his more violent urges for a time, but he still went into the water and took on his shark form as discreetly as possible. One night a local caught him shape-shifting and, having heard the tales of a murderous shark-man from the other islands, got other villagers together and caught Nanaue, bringing him to shore and beating him to death.

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Gigan

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Gigan

Region of origin: Spaaace

Various versions attribute his origins and loyalties to different alien civilizations, but throughout most iterations the creature known as Gigan was a massive extraterrestrial reptilian creature who was experimented on and rebuilt with various cybernetic enhancements and arsenals and sent to Earth to fascilitate its conquest, often in conjunction with other space-borne kaiju such as King Ghidorah or Megalon, only to be repelled by Godzilla and his allies. Aside from his natural size and hardiness as a kaiju, Gigan makes use of various augmentations that can be swapped out upgraded, from  hooks and blades to more complex mechanical additions like chainsaw arms, the buzzsaw in his abdomen and lasers fired from his visor-like single eye.

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Daimajin

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Daimajin

Region of origin: Japan

Literally “Giant Demon God”, Daimajin is a massive stone statue inhabited by the spirit of a vanquished demon king, Arakatsuma, who has been kept dormant by the prayers of the inhabitants of a nearby village, his struggles against his imprisonment manifesting as occasional earthquakes. When compelled by the villagers or the statue is put under physical assault, the spirit can animate the statue and wreak havoc throughout the region, often destroying the forces of some evil warlord but also proving to not be particularly discriminate about what or who gets trampled once awakened, although it seems to show some leniency towards children or the pure of heart. After his purpose has been served, the statue will return to normal there are instances of Arakatsuma turning into a hitodama-like ball of fire before flying away, but he seems to remain bound to the statue. Despite being a carved idol, Daimajin is shown to capable of bleeding even in its dormant stage and some promotional material shows it possessing a strange array of organs and nerves.

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MUTO

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MUTO

Region of origin: The Philippines

Taking its name from the acronym given to the broader classification it belongs to (Massive Unidentified Terretrial Organism), the MUTO were ancient proto-insectoid creatures that parasitized the other giant creatures that occupied the primordial earth, the young MUTO spending the early stages of their life in the bodies of their hosts, feeding off the residual radiation these other creatures consumed. Having consumed enough energy, the MUTO would eventually enter a chrysalis stage, from which they would emerge and carve their way out of the host body. Two of these chrysalises would survive undisturbed for millions of years in a cavern deep beneath the Philippines before human excavations disturbed them, leading to the creatures waking up and seeking out new sources of energy to consume and a location to reproduce, their instincts driving them on a path of destruction through the modern world before a similarly awakened giant creature was able to stop them. You know the one. The MUTO are sexually dimorphic, with the males being much smaller than the female and possessing midlegs that have developed into flat, glider-like structures that can function as wings.

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Ganime

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Ganime

Region of origin: Sergio Island, south Pacific ocean

After the space amoeba known as Bemular or alternatively Yog, a member of a Lovecraftian race of shapeless conquerors, hitched a ride to Earth via an unmanned rocket sent to Jupiter, he crash-landed near the remote Sergio Island and began forming an army of giant creatures to attack the planet, mutating local fauna including cuttlefish, turtles and a rubble crab (also known as a horrid elbow crab). A group of scientists and resort planners who had convened on Sergio for their own purposes dealt with the monsters after discovering Yog, Ganime and the other monsters were hurt and disoriented by extremely high-pitched noises such as the echolocation of the colony of bats that have nested on the island, and were also weak to high temperatures such as being pushed into a volcano.

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