Every culture has stories. Folklore encompasses the myths, beliefs and customs of a specific community, passed down through the years from generation to generation. It is an oral tradition that manifests in rituals, stories, jokes and proverbs and serve as a guide for how to behave or dictates social customs. Myths are part of folklore. They are stories, often from thousands of years ago that tend to feature supernatural beings or events. The story of the Cyclops is an example of myth -- a Cyclops was a giant, one eyed creature that roamed around ancient Greece.

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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.

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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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The Grinch

The Grinch lives on the top of Mount Crumpit, which overlooks the town of Whoville. His only friend is his dog Max. The Grinch is a bitter, grumpy creature who hates Christmas. He doesn’t have much love to give because his heart is two sizes too small. One Christmas he decides to steal every Christmas present and Christmas decoration from Whoville, in the hope that it will destroy Christmas day. However, with the help of tiny Who Cindy Lou, The Grinch realises Christmas isn’t actually about presents, but about love, family and friendship.

The Grinch, portrayed by Jim Carrey, is 6’2” (1.88 m) tall.

Series of elevation drawings of The Grinch in multiple poses and measured with overall height
The Grinch lives on the top of Mount Crumpit, which overlooks the town of Whoville. His only friend is his dog Max. The Grinch is a bitter, grumpy creature who hates Christmas. He doesn’t have much love to give because his heart is two sizes too small. One Christmas he decides to steal Christmas.

The Grinch, portrayed by Jim Carrey, is 6’2” (1.88 m) tall.

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Writer: Dr. Seuss

Actor
Jim Carrey
First Appearance
1957 (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)

Drawings include:
The Grinch front, side (sneaking), side (Max)

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Santa’s Elves | Christmas Elves

The Christmas Elves live in the North Pole. They oversee and manage the Christmas factory, making toys and preparing for Christmas. Every Christmas Eve, the elves help Santa load the sleigh with presents for every girl and boy (the ones who celebrate Christmas), and make sure Santa knows his delivery route. They are extremely efficient and good at their job. Christmas Elves are known for the tiny stature, colourful green and red clothes, and their toy making abilities. They love the snow and eating sugary treats.

Santa’s Elves, or Christmas Elves, are a maximum of 3’ (91.5 cm) tall.

Set of illustrations of Santa’s Elves (Christmas Elves) in various poses measured with overall height
The Christmas Elves live in the North Pole. They oversee and manage the Christmas factory, making toys and preparing for Christmas. They are extremely efficient and good at their job. Christmas Elves are known for the tiny stature, colourful green and red clothes, and their toy making abilities.

Santa’s Elves, or Christmas Elves, are a maximum of 3’ (91.5 cm) tall.

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Santa’s Elves | Christmas Elves
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Writer: Louisa May Alcott

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1850 (Christmas Elves)

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Santa’s Elves | Christmas Elves front (boy), front (girl), side (girl), side sitting (boy), side sitting (girl)

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Thor
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Thor, real name Thor Odinson, is the Asgardian god of thunder who wields the magical hammer, Mjolnir, in Marvel Comics. A founding member of the superhero team the Avengers, Thor possesses Asgardian traits of long-life and superhuman strength, speed and durability. Using Mjolnir, Thor gains the ability to fly, manipulate the weather, and can channel the power of electricity into the hammer. Thor was introduced by Marvel in Journey into Mystery #83 in August, 1962.

Thor has a height of 6’3” (1.91 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’6” (1.98 m) in the comics.

Multiple illustrations of Thor engaged in battle with standing and flying poses
Thor, real name Thor Odinson, is the Asgardian god of thunder who wields a magical hammer in Marvel Comics. A founding member of the Avengers, Thor has superhuman longevity, strength, speed and durability and is able to fly with the assistance of his hammer, Mjolnir.

Thor has a height of 6’3” (1.91 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’6” (1.98 m) in the comics.

Multiple illustrations of Thor engaged in battle with standing and flying poses
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Name: Thor Odinson
Height: 6’3” | 1.91 m (MCU); 6’6” | 1.98 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #83 (August, 1962)
Powers: Longevity; superhuman strength, speed, durability; wielding Mjolnir grants flight, control of electricity, manipulation of the weather

First Appearance
1962

Drawings include:
Thor standing (front), standing (side), walking (front), flying (attack)

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Dracula
Drawings with labeled height of Dracula in poses ranging from the front, side, and with an open cape

Dracula, a vampire spawned from the imagination of Bram Stoker and the namesake of his 1897 novel, is the most iconic vampire of all time. The story of Dracula and some of his key characteristics became the basis for a whole genre of literature and films to come. Dracula is a vampire that lives Transylvania, but moves to England to partake in his favorite activity of blood sucking and spreading the undead curse. Once in England, however, he is hunted by a group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula is the basis for Nosferatu, an illegal adaptation of the story due to violations of copyright laws that the studio tried to avoid by slightly altering the story.

Dracula is popularly depicted at 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, but was originally portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) at 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Dracula, a Transylvanian vampire spawned from the imagination of Bram Stoker and the namesake of his 1897 novel, is the most iconic vampire of all time. The story of Dracula and some of his key characteristics became the basis for a whole genre of literature and films to come.

Dracula is popularly depicted at 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, but was originally portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) at 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

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Bela Lugosi (6’1” | 1.85 m)
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Dracula (novel, 1897), Dracula (film, 1931)

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Dracula front, side, front (cape open)

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