1. Frosslass is like Elsa from Frozen, but instead of singing, it's murder

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One of the less-popular Japanese yokai is the Yuki-onna, who is described as a beautiful woman in a white kimono that can be seen on cold nights. She seems to hover above the snow without leaving footprints, and if you encounter her, it's assured that you're about to become a corpse-icle. She might freeze you solid where you stand, lead you away from shelter so you die of exposure, or even blow down your front door and let you shiver to death in your own bed. All this adds up to Frosslass being an even scarier Snowrunt evolution than Glalie, the giant monster skull face.

 

2. Absol will fill your mind with terrible, terrible knowledge

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According to Chinese legend, the Yellow Emperor Huang Di was on patrol near the East Sea when he encountered Bai Ze, a magnificent beast with a flowing white mane, large horns, and several eyes. The monster taught the Emperor about the secrets of the supernatural world and how to defeat thousands of types of supernatural beings. The myth of this mysterious white creature spread to Japan as well in the form of the kutabe, which appeared before a village to successfully warn them of a coming plague. This definitely fits Absol's pokedex entries, which talk about its habit of emerging from the wilderness to inform humans of oncoming disasters. Take a look at the dark spot in the center of Absol's head and tell me that's not supposed to be where the third eye opens.

 

3. Tornadus is a wind god with a long history

photo credit Frank "Fg2" Gualtieri 

While all three of the "Forces of Nature" trio line up with a Shinto god, I thought it would be fun to highlight Tornadus (maybe because we already sorta-mentioned Thundurus in the Manetric entry). Tornadus' journey starts in ancient Greece, where the bitter north wind was represented by the god Boreas, who was portrayed as unruly, ill-tempered, and wearing a billowing cloak. As Greece went eastward for trade and expansion, so did Boreas. By the time he made it to Japan, Boreas was now known as Fujin. Though he remained a wild-eyed asshole, the god had taken on the physical characteristics of a Buddist demon, and the cloak became a "bag of wind" that needed to be held shut at both ends. 

 

4. A horde of Sabeleyes once terrorized a family in Kentucky

sableye kentucky

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One of the most bizarre supernatural encounters ever reported was 1955's "Hopkinsville Goblin case" in which a rural farmhouse was supposedly invaded by a pack of 3-foot-tall aliens. Naturally, since the alleged monsters chose to appear in Kentucky, they were PROMPTLY and REPEATEDLY shot on sight. According to "eyewitness" accounts, the playful yet menacing creatures had small atrophied legs and bright glowing eyes, bullets seemed to bounce off their bodies, and they moved with an erratic swaying motion. There's a small but rabid "cryptid" otaku subculture in Japan, so it's very likely that Sableye's unique physicality was inspired by these creatures. 

 

5. Golurk was summoned to life by a Rabbi/Wizard

Golurk rabbi golem

photo credit Yan Vugenfirer

During the 16th century, the Jewish population of Prague was terrorized by anti-Semitic attacks and government sanctioned pogroms. Harnessing forgotten sacred techniques, a Rabbi invoked the name of God to imbue life into a clay figure, who would defend the people and serve the community. While the franchise has previously featured golem-like creatures like the Regi trio, Golurk's distinctive band across the chest is a visual trademark of representations of the Golem of Prague, who can be found in souvenirs and monuments throughout the city.