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Monster (from Latin Monstrum) is often a type of creature. The exact meaning depends on the context:
- traditional definition 1. Something of unnatural size, shape, or quality.
- traditional definition 2. Specifically, an animal or plant departing greatly from the usual type, as by having too many limbs.
- traditional definition 3. Any thing or person of unnatural or excessive ugliness,... wickedness, or cruelty. 
- Game definition: Creatures being held for the extermination of the main hero of the game on the way to victory or to improve performance. However, in our time, monsters can be friendly or even available to play for them, and as a material for the destruction of beings can act without fear of causing or cute.
- Other gaming definition: Creatures that are neither people nor animals. This definition appeared in the genre MonsterRPG, which began with the Pokémon games universe. These monsters are attractive and can be pretty in the conventional sense of the word. The original idea of "Pokémon" was the humane treatment of the monster who killed the other games.
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A bizarre, unnatural, and fascinatingly-impossible amalgamation of disparate anatomies, such as by the combination of humans and other animals into one form. What most "furry" characters are, but their creators often wish that they weren't.
- Monsters—composite beings, half-human, half-animal—play a part in the thought and imagery of all people at all times
- —Rudolf Wittkower, "Marvels of the East: A study in the History of Monsters"
- Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (public domain). Retrieved 2014 October 1.