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Fright makes right!
~ The Gromble, about the Monster Academy's credo.
Monsters come in many shapes and forms, some comical, others terrifying; from city-smashing giants (such as Godzilla) to beings that lurk in the shadows and frighten children (such as Mr. Waternoose, Randall Boggs, and Pitch Black).

To qualify as a monster a character must have extremely bizarre appearances and behaviors at odds with nature, often in older tales or fantasy they are supernatural beings but lack the vast magical powers of demons - in more modern tales they can be aliens of non-humanoid or extremely frightening nature or humanoid abominations (this includes mutated animals, the corporeal undead and so forth).

Mutants in general are not seen as monsters, unless their powers or appearance are extremely bizarre and frightening - likewise never add deformed humans to this category *UNLESS* they have developed abilities beyond those that can be seen in typical humans (for example extremely mutated cannibals such as the Peacock Family count due to having developed superhuman strength, regenerative abilities and other unnatural traits, not simply because of their frightening appearance.)

Variations includes:

  • Sea Monsters: The creatures that live in or came from the ocean. They are mythical or legendary creatures, often believed to be of immense size. Marine monsters can take many forms, including sea dragons, sea serpents, or multi-armed beasts. They can be slimy or scaly, and are often pictured threatening ships or spouting jets of water. The definition of a "monster" is subjective, and some sea monsters may have been based on scientifically-accepted creatures, such as whales and types of giant/colossal squid.
  • Giant Monsters: Monsters of exceptional size and strength, such as Godzilla.
  • Eye-Monsters: Perhaps one of the most widely used designs for monsters is that of a large eye that is often without a body and may move about with aid of tentacles, wings, or even simply by floating, defying worldly physics. They are often many times larger than a normal eye, but can sometimes be smaller. Alternatively, another common theme is a monster that has an excessive number of eyes, to the point the eyes become a major part of their physical appearance and may or may not relate to their powers; these "multi-eyed" monsters can be more humanoid in appearance than traditional Eye-Monsters, but are often just as alien in design and purpose. Also a final, and arguably more popular, third variation of this archetype is the Cyclops, monsters that have a large single eye on their head; this feature was originally found in the giants of Greek myth but has since become a very common theme in many works.
  • Parodies/Homages to certain Sesame Street characters: Characters such as Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Telly Monster ect. (A naked furry creature that has wide eyes and an occasional nose) that are being parodies and/or payed homage to.

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