Monster

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Monster (from Latin Monstrum) is a type of fictional creature found in horror, fantasy, science fiction, W:folklorefolklore, mythology, and/or religion.

Monsters are very often depicted as dangerous and aggressive with a strange, grotesque appearance that causes terror and fear. Monsters usually resemble bizarre, deformed, otherworldly and/or mutated animals or entirely unique creatures of varying sizes, but may also take a human form, such as mutants, ghosts and spirits, zombies or cannibals, among other things. They may or may not have supernatural powers, but are usually capable of killing or causing some form of destruction, threatening the social or moral order of the human world in the process.

Ethymology[edit]

The exact meaning depends on certain contexts:

  • Something of unnatural size, shape, or quality.
  • Specifically, an animal or plant departing greatly from the usual type, as by having too many limbs.
  • Anything or human of unnatural or excessive ugliness,... wickedness, or cruelty. [1]
  • Creatures being held for the extermination of the main hero of a game on the way to victory or to improve performance.
  • Creatures that are neither people nor animals.

Monsters and furry[edit]

   
Monster
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 Monster[clarify].

   
Monster

References[edit]

  1. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (public domain). Retrieved October 1,2 014.

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