Chimera in popular culture

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Chimera, originally found in Greek mythology, is a monstrous fire-breathing creature composed of the parts of multiple animals. The term, and often the general concept, has since been adopted by various works of popular culture, and chimeras of differing description can be found in contemporary works of fantasy and science fiction.

Television[edit]

  • The Chimera was adapted as different monsters in the Super Sentai/Power Rangers franchise:
    • Kyoryuu Sentai Zyuranger feature a Chimera-based monster named Dora Chimera with a lion head and torso, a goat head on the chest and goat legs, and a snake-like tail. In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the monster was added into the series as Goatan.
    • In Mahou Sentai Magiranger, Meemy creates a Chimera monster by fusing together the spirits of dead monsters. This act is repeated in the shows American counterpart Power Rangers: Mystic Force by Meemy's counterpart Imperious who uses a forbidden spell to fuse the spirots of the monsters that Daggeron has slain into the Chimera.
  • In Mon Colle Knights, the Chimera is depicted as having three heads (a lion head, a goat head, and a hawk head), the body of a lion, and the wings of a dragon.
  • There are different Chimeras in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise:
    • The Bandai card of the Chimera depicted it as a lion with the wings and tail of a dragon.
    • Little Chimera is a monster that enables all Fire Monsters to get 500 attack points while all Water Monsters lose 400 attack points. It is the counterpart of the fusion monster Fusionist (a fusion of Petite Angel and Mystical Sheep #2).
    • Dark Chimera is a fire-breathing monster that lives in the Netherworld.
    • Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast is a fusion of Berphomet and Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts.
    • Doll Chimera is a doll monster that gains 400 attack points for every Doll Part monsters in the graveyard.
    • Scrap Chimera is a Scrap monster that has the head of a lion, the body of a pegasus, and a snake-headed tail. It is based on the Alchemical Chimera.
    • Gladiator Beast Heraklinos is a humanoid Chimera who is the fusion of Gladiator Beast Laquari (a humanoid tiger) and any two Gladiator Beasts. Besides sporting the face, shoulders, and waist armor pieces of Gladiator Beast Laquari, Guardian Beast Heraklion sports the wings and hair of Guardian Beast Alexander (a humanoid winged lion), the lower body, tail, bone fragments, and halbred of Gladiator Beast Spartacus (a humanoid dinosaur), the upper waist armor pierce of Gladiator Beast Murmillo (a humanoid carp), the plates of Guardian Beast Hoplomus (a humanoid rhinoceros) for a shield, the upper body of Gladiator Beast Dimacari (a humanoid African buffalo) with his accessories as leg guards, the chest armor piece and winged armguards of Gladiator Beast Bestiari (a humanoid bird) with the spearhead attached to the halberd, the waist armor piece of Gladiator Beast Secutor (a humanoid lizard) with the cannons mounted on the shield, the upper legs of Gladiator Beast Darius (a humanoid horse), and the upper wings of Gladiator Beast Samnite (a humanoid smilodon).
    • Chimaera, the Master of Beasts is more accurate to the mythical Chimera where it is a two-headed lion-like creature with different horns on it's head, the wings of a bird, and the tail of a snake. It can only be summoned by sacrificing 3 beast-type monsters.
  • In Ben 10, Kevin Levin (a human/Osmosian hybrid) can modify his own genetic structure by absorbing the energy of other aliens (which allows him to simultaneously scan, absorb, and infuse himself their DNA) acquiring 1/10 of that creature's powers (this is the biological limit for Osmosians) as well as the mutations needed for him to gain that creature's powers. If he were to attempt to absorb the energy and DNA of several aliens at once, or the transformative, gene-altering energy of the Omnitrix/Ultimatrix, he will mutate into a chimeric fusion of most, if not all of the aliens he has absorbed. His human DNA restores itself over time and will eventually overwrite the alien DNA completely, thus allowing him to return to his human form.
  • In American Dragon: Jake Long, Jake and his friends battle a Chimera in a dreamrealm. It has three heads (all of the animals its parts are based on), the body of a humanoid lion, the legs of a goat, and the tail of a snake. The creators of the show list the Chimera as one of the 13 Greatest Threats of the magical world.
  • In Digimon Adventure 02, the DigiDestined face a Digimon called Kimeramon, which had the following body parts - Kabuterimon's head, Angemon and Airdramon's wings, Garurumon's legs, Monochromon's tail, Kuwagamon's, SkullGreymon's and Devimon's arms, Greymon's body, and MetalGreymon's hair.
  • In episodes 224-226 of the Japanese anime Bleach, a Chimera-like creature called Ayon (shown with a deer's head and legs, a long lion-like mane, and a classic tail with a snake at the end) is an apparent battle tactic of the Current 3rd espada Harribel's Faccion Apache, Mila-Rose, and Sun-Sun.
  • In The X-Files, there is an episode titled 'Chimera', which takes place in Vermont.
  • The NCIS season 5 episode 6 was titled "Chimera" and took place on the USNS Chimera, a top-secret naval research ship sailing in the middle of the ocean. On a related note, Ziva also mentions to Tony about what the mythical Chimera was.
  • In the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Chimera was the name of episode 714 in which Odo meets one of "The Hundred" changelings sent abroad in the universe by The Founders to learn more about other cultures and eventually return home.
  • In Ultraman Taro Episode 40, the Ultra Brothers fought against a chimera monster named Tyrant, all the older brothers are overpowered until Ace managed to fire an Ultra Sign warning Taro and the earthlings of Tyrant. Taro would eventually defeat this monster with ease when the latter arrives on earth.
  • Chimera (TV series), a 1991 British science fiction miniseries (in the US it was released as Monkey Boy).
  • In Code Geass a chimera is in heraldic badge of Holy Empire of Britannia.
  • Although there were no affiliation to this creature,Kamen Rider OOO has chimera-like motif, where his "combos" are formed by combining various "O Medals" which give him powers almost similar to the animal represented by each medals
  • In Once Upon a Time episode "Lady of the Lake", Snow White, Emma and Lancelot have a meal at which Chimera meat is served. The animal is described as "one part lion, one part serpent, one part goat".
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, a chimera appears in the episode "Somepony to Watch Over Me". The character Discord is also a chimera-like creature, called a "draconequus" in the show, possessing a goat-like face, a lion paw, and a dragon-like body, among several other animal features.
  • In Beyblade: G-Revolution, the blader, Brooklyn, owns a bey called Zeus. Despite the name, it has more relation to the chimera due to its bit-beast, as the beast resembles a centaur-shaped chimera with a horse's body and legs, a raven's wings, and the upper torso of a lion with a white mane.
  • In Hunter x Hunter there is a species of ant known as the Chimera Ant which can take on the many traits of other creatures through its reproductive process.
  • In Duel Masters (and it's reimaged counterpart Kaijudo), the Chimeras are Darkness Civilization creature that are the creations of the Dark Lords.

Movies[edit]

  • Chimera is referenced when describing the shape shifting guardian creature that follows and protects John Smith in the movie I Am Number Four.
  • The character Beast from Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a Chimera-like creature, with the horns of a bison, brows of a gorilla, nose and mane of a lion, the back mane of a hyena, the tusks of a boar, the arms and chest of a bear and the hind legs and tail of a wolf.
  • In the film The Relic, the creature derived from the Brazilian relic statue is described to Sizemore's character as a Chimera. The creature is a modern incarnation of the mythological Chimera.
  • In Synecdoche, New York (2008), the character Sammy Barnathan (Tom Noonan), while imitating the main character, Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), says to Hazel (Samantha Morton), "I want to [copulate with; expletive] you until we merge into a chimera, a mythical beast with penis and vagina eternally fused, two pairs of eyes that look only at each other, and lips — ever touching — and yet one voice that whispers to itself."[1]
  • A Chimera appears in the 2012 film Wrath of the Titans as the first creature Perseus fights and is presented as a colossal double headed beast with huge bat wings. Although it still has the body of a lion and a serpent head on its tail, the creature's two main heads do not bear any particular resemblance to either a lion or a goat, although the left head does bear a single horn on its forehead. The creature uses its two heads together in order to breathe fire, with the horned head spewing a flammable liquid and the other head producing the spark to ignite the fuel.

Video games[edit]

  • In the video game series Golden Sun, the Chimera appears numerous times. First as a pair of bosses on Crossbone Isle, then as a normal enemy under the names Chimera Mage. In Golden Sun: The Lost Age, the stronger Grand Chimera was a boss. All forms are Mars(Fire) creatures, and have a goat's body, a snake for a tail, and the head of a lion and an eagle instead of knees on their forelegs.
  • In Okami, Chimeras appear and turtle-like steam pot beasts who classify as level two out of three in difficulty to defeat.
  • In SaGa Frontier, Chimeras are enemies that can be randomly encountered throughout portions of the game. Their appearance consists of many creatures: the torso and head of a bear, a single head of a raptor on the end of each arm, the back legs of a raptor, and the front half of a bull for front legs.
  • In Gauntlet Legends, the player(s) must face a large Chimera as the boss of the second level, the Valkyrie's Castle.
  • In Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness when facing Ortega, he transforms into a chimera. shown as a winged creature with a lion head breathing fire, a snakehead spitting poison and a bird head using a sonic attack.
  • The Chimera is a monster in the works of Artix Entertainment:
    • The Chimera is featured in AdventureQuest where it has the he head and front legs of a lion, the head and back legs of a goat, the head of a dragon, and a snake-headed tail. The Chimera is the creation of a deranged sorcerer.
    • In AdventureQuest Worlds, the Chimera of Vadriel is a dragon-like pet with goat-like horns and a snake-headed tail. The Chimera Familiar is a pet that was associated with a bunch of witches according to it's bio.
  • In the MMORPG game Wizard101 the Chimera is a winged creature and is a spell of the magic school Balance. Wizard players can use this on their foes. The dragon head uses Myth damage, the lion head Life damage and the Goat head gives Death damage.
  • Chimeras appear as random creatures in the Final Fantasy series with various descriptions for each one:
    • In the original Final Fantasy, up to four could be encountered at once. It is shown to have three heads (a lion head, a goat head, a dragon head), the wings of a dragon, and the body of a goat.
    • In Final Fantasy II, a Chimera serves as a boss and later appears as a random creature encounter. It is shown to have three heads (a lion head, a goat head, and a dragon head), the wings of a dragon, and the body of a lion.
    • In Final Fantasy III, a Chimera appears as a random encounter in the skies of the surface world.
    • In the game Final Fantasy IV, Chimera are also random creature encounters in the Tower of Babil. They have three heads (a lion head, a goat head, and a dragon head) and the body of a goat. It attacks with Blaze.
    • In Final Fantasy V, the Dhorme Chimera is a randomly encountered enemy. Not only does it have the heads of a lion, goat, and dragon, it has the front legs of a lion, the wings of a dragon, the back legs of a goat, and a snake-headed tail.
    • In Final Fantasy VI, the Chimera is shown to have 5 heads (a lion head, a goat head, a dragon head, an eagle head, a boar head), the wings of a dragon, the front legs of a lion, the back legs of a goat, and a snake-headed tail.
    • In Final Fantasy VII, the Maximum Chimera is a randomly encountered enemy.
    • In Final Fantasy VIII, the Chimera is a randomly encountered enemy with four heads (a lion head, a goat head, a hawk head, a lizard head), the body of a lion, the wings of a dragon, and a cobra-headed tail.
    • In Final Fantasy IX, it is a three-headed demon that is tough to beat.
    • In Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, there are random creature encounters that are Chimera. They have a bull head, a wolf head, a griffin head, a snake-headed tail, and have what appears to be somewhat like a bull's upright body. To attack, they use a combination of elements (fire, water, lightning).
    • In Final Fantasy XI Khimaira (Similar sound to Chimera) is a High Notorious Monster. With a head of a lion and a tail of a serpent, it has the horns of a goat.
  • In Dragon Quest, a feather-shaped item allowing inter-city travel is called Chimera Wing.
  • In GrimGrimoire, one of the most powerful Alchemy-based units is a Chimera, which takes the form of an enormous spinning spider with a gaping lion's head at its center. It can be upgraded into consuming ally units in order to heal itself.
  • In Blue Dragon Plus, a Chimera appears as the Shadow creature of Nene, one of the game's playable characters and the main antagonist of the original Blue Dragon game.
  • In Tekken 3, the final boss, True Ogre, takes on the form of a Chimera-like demon, with the horns of a ram, the head of a lion, and his right arm is a snake.
  • In Resident Evil 4, when first entering the castle stage of the game, there is an obstacle that requires three ornaments to unlock it. After retrieving the three pieces, one of Lion, Goat, and Snake, the puzzle reveals itself as a Chimera.
  • The Chimera are the primary antagonists in Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2 and Resistance: Retribution. They're an "alien" race that are trying to eliminate the human race and resembling pale, humanoid creatures with 2-6 yellow eyes and infect humans with the Chimeran Virus. They are finally defeated in Resistance 3 when the wormhole above New York is closed off after the New York tower is destroyed and they lost their cohesion, allowing humanity to finally defeat the Chimera and rebuild their shattered world.
  • In Mother 3, Chimeras are corrupted animals that were engineered by the main antagonist's "Pigmask Army" as a result of either combing them with other species or adding mechanical parts, which appear as bosses throughout the game. One of these Chimera, named The Ultimate Chimera, appears occasionally in the New Pork City stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • In Shining Force, the chimera are very powerful and dangerous enemies near at the end of the game, lion torso and head, the wings of the dragon, goat's head and snake tail and the goat head have an ability to breath the fire can inflict massive damage on their opponent there only weakness is the ice.
  • In Warcraft III and World of Warcraft The Chimaera is seen as a creature with a winged lion body, two dragon heads with goat horns and two tails that seem to have scorpion type stingers on them. In Warcraft III the Night Elves can train them as flying siege beasts from a late game structure. Examples: [1].
  • In World of Warcraft one of the bosses in the Blackwing Descent raid in the Cataclysm expansion is a 2-headed dragon called Chimaeron, named after this mythical creature.
  • In Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms, in the two last levels, Dreamscape and Palace of the Gods, you play as the Chimera. It is shown to have a snake-like bottom, lion torso, dragon's wings and goat horns. It attacks using fists and sonic waves.
  • In God of War III, Kratos (the game's protagonist) fights the Chimera as a boss on Mt. Olympus and later fights many more on the way to Tartarus. It is shown to bears a lion's face on its "chest," with the three-horned, demonic-looking goat's head as the "normal" one on top of the lion head, and the snake in its usual position as the tail.
  • In S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat chimeras are large, orthrus-like dogs with no fur, large bodies, two heads and a broad tail. Chimeras are also know to possess the body and posture of a lion, the roar of a bear, and one face that somewhat bears a visage of a human head with the other one, a cat creature.
  • In Fallout New Vegas you encounter dog-like creatures called Night Stalkers that were created by splicing the DNA of dogs and Rattlesnakes together.
  • In Demon's Souls the second boss at the Tower Of Latria is a beast with the body of a humanoid lion and a tail with a snakes head on the end that bites the lion temporarily increasing its power.
  • You face Chimeras in the upcoming game "Scarab" you fight them four times first on the level "Export", second on the level "Call For The God", Third "Resistance Over The Titans", and last you face the Chimera while facing Apollo in the Titan Temple on the level "Modern War"
  • In the space MMO Eve Online the carrier class capital ship of the Caldari race is named after the Chimera.
  • In Dragon's Dogma, Chimeras are common boss creatures that the player can find throughout the world.
  • The Chimera appears in Bloody Roar series. As the Zoanthrope of the character, Uranus. Uranus appears and stays as a secret character since Bloody Roar 3 . Uranus is known as the strongest Zoanthrope because of her transformation.
  • In Borderlands, the Chimera is a legendary revolver manufactured by the Atlas Corporation that possesses all four elemental weapon effects. It fires explosive rounds by default, but has the chance to fire either incendiary, shock, or corrosive rounds instead.

Role-playing[edit]

  • In the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, the chimera is an evil-aligned creature which looks like a lion with leathery wings on its back. To either side of its lion's head is the head of a goat and the head of a dragon.

Books[edit]

  • Chimeras were mentioned in the Harry Potter books. In "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," it is described to have a lion head, a goat body, and dragon tail. The Ministry of Magic classifies them as XXXXX (very dangerous). It is said that Bellerophon (not mentioned by name) was the only one who ever managed to kill a Chimera and shortly after fell to his death from the winged horse due to exhaustion. Also, in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", Elphias Doge is said to have encountered Chimeras in Greece.
  • The Chimera was featured as a story element in "Tomb Of Dracula". Its first appearance was in issue 26, and it also appears two issues later. CHIMERA - magic power item in three pieces (serpent's tail, lion's head, goat's body), created ?30000? (20000 more likely) years ago in Atlantis by C'Thunda, used against Kull, involved in the times of the Black Plague, sought in recent times by Dracula + Dr. Sun + David Eschol, destroyed by Sheila Wittier to prevent Dracula or Dr. Sun from using it. Apparently, in Tomb of Dracula #26, King Kull appeared or was referenced in a flashback. The cosmic-powered Chimera and a Legion of Doom unlike any other item in creation, that causes havok for our heroes.
  • In Alan Dean Foster's Mad Amos short story, "Witchen Woes," Amos Malone defeats a "kitchen witch" in a cooking contest by making "chimera chili." He later commented that the hardest part of the recipe was finding chimera meat.
  • In Piers Anthony's Chthon, a chimera kills stragglers from a party of travellers. Quote: "The chimera is the enemy you *don't* see".
  • In Marjorie Liu's Dirk and Steele series, the book The Fire King the main male character Karr is a Chimera, being the offspring of two shape shifters of different animals. His mother was a dragon and his father was a lion.
  • Amazonean warrior women ride Chimea in Wonder Woman; Amazons Attack!.
  • In nthWORD, chimeras are regularly used to illustrate stories, including "Me and Sally" by David Henry Sterry in issue #5 and "Being Jewish in a Small Town" by Lyn Lifshin in issue #7.
  • Throughout the Lorien Legacies series, a chimæra named Bernie Kosar (after the football player) is the pet of the main character, John Smith/Number Four. However, chimæras are simply shape-shifters in this series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Noonan casting scene from Synecdoche, New York".