Monsters | Creatures

Monsters and creatures are fantastical beings. They are part of our stories, our folklore and mythologies. The word monster derives from the word ‘monstrous’ which is used to describe something or someone as unnatural, horrifying, or evil. Monsters are non-human entities who have strange and mystical powers or characteristics. They come in all shapes and forms and live in all sorts of places -- some live underground or in the sea, but others live under your bed or in your wardrobe. Frankenstein’s Monster is a really famous monster, but he has always been misunderstood. He was just a little lonely.

What is a monster?

A monster can be defined as an imaginary creature that is generally large, ugly, and frightening. A monster is considered a horror creature, like Frankenstein or Dracula, that often appear in literature and films to scare audiences. Monsters are regarded as grotesque who scare others with their appearance, and threaten society with their powers. Monsters can also be human-like, but they are portrayed as lower class, mutants, and supernatural.

What do monsters look like?

Typical images of monsters include animals with no heads or exaggerated features. Monsters are often ugly, lurk in the dark, and do not look like anything else. Physically monsters sometimes have qualities like dwarfism, giantism, physical splicing with other creatures, extra or missing human features, or more elements that differentiates them completely from what society accepts as normal.

Why are we afraid of monsters?

Humans are afraid of monsters because they challenge society’s standards. We create monsters and they are often a reflection of ourselves. Monsters are also characteristically out of our control and do not follow rules or opinions. Monsters are not predictable and tend to be extremely violent. Also, since we do not know what to expect from monsters or easy to explain and our mind makes them scarier than they actually are.

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Wolf Man
Series of illustrations of the Wolf Man in assorted postures with overall height labeled

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend. After being bitten, Larry is informed by a gypsy that he will turn into a werewolf since he was bitten and lived. This proves to be true, and throughout the rest of the film Larry struggles with his werewolf desire to kill and his human desire to not. Larry is finally killed by his own father when he attacks his love interest. As he dies, he transforms back into his human form and his father and lover mourn his tragic end.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

Wolf Man
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Lon Chaney Jr.
First Appearance
The Wolf Man (1941)

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Wolf Man front (arms raised), side (walking), side (sniffing)

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Dobby
Height comparison diagram of Dobby compared to related Harry Potter characters

When we first meet Dobby, he is a house elf for the Malfoy family, having worked for them for many years. He is small, with large green ears, and wears a pillowcase as an outfit. In the wizarding world, house elves are at the beck and call of their masters and adhere to a strict set of loyalty codes. They can only be free if they are presented with clothes by their owners. Dobby is actually a very powerful elf with many magical abilities. He becomes a friend to Harry, warning him when he hears of the plan to reopen the Chamber of Secrets, which would put Harry and his friends in danger.

Dobby, voiced by Toby Jones, has a height of 3’6” (1.06 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Dobby in multiple poses and measured with overall height
When we first meet Dobby, he is a house elf for the Malfoy family, having worked for them for many years. He is small, with large green ears, and wears a pillowcase as an outfit. In the wizarding world, house elves are at the beck and call of their masters and adhere to a strict set of loyal codes.

Dobby, voiced by Toby Jones, has a height of 3’6” (1.06 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Dobby in multiple poses and measured with overall height
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Voiced by Toby Jones
First Appearance
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)

Drawings include:
Dobby front, side, side (sock)

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Demodog
Scale dimensioned drawing of a Demodog with Dustin from Stranger Things

Demodogs are the fifth form of a Demogorgon in the Netflix television series Stranger Things. Roughly resembling the size and scale of a typical large dog, demodogs are predatory creatures that obey the commands of the Mind Flayer. Adolescent demodogs are not as resilient or powerful as their final Demogorgon form, but they are strong enough to tackle adult humans and resilient enough to withstand light gunfire. Demodogs are adept at digging and climbing and often hunt in packs.

Demodogs vary in size with typical withers heights between 26”-32” (66-80 cm) and overall lengths in the range of 45”-54” (114-137 cm).

Series of illustrations of Demodogs from Stranger Things in multiple postures from standing to walking
Demodogs are the fifth form of a Demogorgon in the Netflix television series Stranger Things. Roughly resembling the size and scale of a typical large dog, demodogs are predatory creatures that obey the commands of the Mind Flayer. Demodogs are adept at digging and climbing and often hunt in packs.

Demodogs vary in size with typical withers heights between 26”-32” (66-80 cm) and overall lengths in the range of 45”-54” (114-137 cm).

Series of illustrations of Demodogs from Stranger Things in multiple postures from standing to walking
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26.0”-32.0” | 66-80 cm
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Life Cycle: Stage Five

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Demodog side elevation (standing), side (walking), front (open), side (open)

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Jabba the Hutt
Collection of drawings of Jabba the Hutt measured with overall height

Jabba the Hutt is a fictional leader of organized crime and possibly the most powerful slug-like creature in the galaxy in the extended Star Wars franchise. With powerful reaches in both the criminal underworld and the legitimate political sphere, he changes alliances as fast as it suits him. Jabba does not give second chances and is all too eager to make those he deems unworthy pay. Jabba is best known for hanging Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, on his wall as decoration, and dressing Leia in a metal bikini as he held her captive.

Jabba the Hutt, puppeteered by David Barclay, Toby Philpott, and Mike Edmonds, is 5 foot 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and a length of 12 foot 9 inches (3.9 m).

Jabba the Hutt is a fictional leader of organized crime and possibly the most powerful slug-like creature in the galaxy in the extended Star Wars franchise. With powerful reaches in both the criminal underworld and the legitimate political sphere, he changes alliances as fast as it suits him.

Jabba the Hutt, puppeteered by David Barclay, Toby Philpott, and Mike Edmonds, is 5 foot 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and a length of 12 foot 9 inches (3.9 m).

Jabba the Hutt
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5’9" | 1.75 m
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David Barclay, Toby Philpott, Mike Edmonds
First Appearance
1983 (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)

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Jabba the Hutt front elevation

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Bride of Frankenstein
Pair of drawings of the Bride of Frankenstein standing from the front and side views with overall height

The Bride of Frankenstein is a character briefly introduced in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and fully brought to life in the film sequel The Bride of Frankenstein in 1935. In the novel, reluctant Henry Frankenstein agrees to make a mate for his monster through coercion of the monster, but destroys his work before she is brought to life. In retaliation, the monster kills Frankenstein’s wife. In the film, Henry Frankenstein completes his female creation, but like the townspeople before her, she is disgusted by the monster and refuses his advances. The film ends with the monster destroying the lab with him and her in it while Henry and his wife escape.

The Bride of Frankenstein, portrayed by Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), is 7 foot (2.13 m) tall. Elsa Lanchester is only 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall, but she was lifted on stilts for the role.

The Bride of Frankenstein is a character introduced in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and brought to life in the film sequel The Bride of Frankenstein in 1935. In the novel, reluctant Henry Frankenstein agrees to make a mate for his monster, but destroys his work before she is brought to life.

The Bride of Frankenstein, portrayed by Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), is 7 foot (2.13 m) tall. Elsa Lanchester is only 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall, but she was lifted on stilts for the role.

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Elsa Lanchester (5’4” | 1.63 m)
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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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Bride of Frankenstein front, side

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