Loch Ness Monster in popular culture

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Loch Ness Monster (oil painting) by Heikenwaelder Hugo.

The Loch Ness Monster is well known throughout Scotland and the rest of the world and has entered into popular culture.

Literature[edit]

  • In the Leslie Charteris short story "The Convenient Monster" (1959, coll. 1962) Simon Templar investigates an alleged monster attack, finding a human culprit - who is then attacked by the real monster. A 1966 TV adaptation ends more ambiguously.
  • The Scottish poet Edwin Morgan published the sound poem "The Loch Ness Monster's Song" in the 1973
  • In Roger Zelazny's short story, "The Horses of Lir" (1981), collected in the anthology Unicorn Variations (1983), the Loch Ness Monster is one of several creatures stabled in a cave near the loch who draw the chariot of the Celtic sea-god Lir.
  • In the book The Boggart and the Monster (1997) by Susan Cooper, the Loch Ness Monster is actually an invisible shape-shifting creature that has become trapped in one form.
  • The Loch (2005) by Steve Alten is a novel about the Loch Ness Monster which incorporates many historical and scientific elements into the story line. In the book, the creature is said to be a species of gigantic and carnivorous Eel.
  • The tabloid Weekly World News often reports on the creature, claiming that it has become pregnant, or been captured, sold, or killed.
  • In Keri Arthur's book Destiny Kills (2009), Destiny is a shape-changing sea dragon whose ancestral home is Loch Ness. She states that the legend of the Loch Ness Monster often provided her family the cover they needed to live among the humans undetected.
  • The Cryptid Files: Loch Ness (2010) by Jean Flitcroft is a novel for children published by Little Island that features the Loch Ness Monster and which interweaves the story of a budding cryptozoologist Vanessa Day with facts about Nessie and Loch Ness.
  • In the Scottish based Outlander time travel series by Diana Gabaldon sighting of the Loch Ness Monster and discussion of the subject appears in the early books. The central character and heroine, Claire, not only sees the 'Monster' (when she has gone back to the Jacobite period by passing through a circle of standing stones), but later back in her own present time discusses the theory that there could be a similar 'time passage' under the loch which would explain the infrequency of the 'Monster's' appearance - it surfaces in present day occasionally but then goes back to its own time - she identifies the 'Monster' she has seen as 'probably a Plesiosaur'.
  • Dick King-Smith wrote a novel, The Water Horse, which was the basis for a film (see below, under Movies).

Music[edit]

  • "Synchronicity II" by The Police from their 1983 album Synchronicity, recounts the ever-deepening frustrations of a suburbanite middle-manager as, unbeknownst to him, "many miles away" the Loch Ness Monster encroaches ominously on a lakeside cottage.
  • Lo-fi rock band Some Velvet Sidewalk included a song titled "Loch Ness" detailing the exploits of the lake's mythical monster on their 1992 album "Avalanche". An alternate version of the song was featured on the 1991 compilation album "Kill Rock Stars".
  • Composer Guto Puw wrote a piece for SATB choir in 1998 called "The Loch Ness Monster's Song".
  • American progressive metal band Mastodon have a song titled "Ol'e Nessie", named after the Loch Ness Monster, on their 2002 album Remission.
  • The music video,[1] for the song "Monster" by the band The Automatic, features some clips of the Loch Ness Monster.
  • The radio comedy duo Hudson & Landry performed a skit where Landry interviews a German man named Wolfgang Lauderbach who claims, among other things, that he feeds the Loch Ness monster, the Monster looks like actor Tab Hunter, that he was originally German and brought to Scotland by Rudolf Hess, and that his wife is constantly cheating on him with famous baseball players.
  • The Dutch band Pater Moeskroen have a song titled Nessie, which is about the sex life of the monster.
  • The Loch Ness Monster was referenced in the Grinderman song Worm Tamer in the line "My baby calls me the Loch Ness monster, two great big humps and then I’m gone"[2]

Movies[edit]

  • The first film to deal with the creature was Secret of the Loch (1934) an English feature film directed by Milton Rosmer, a "mildly amusing exploitation item".[3] The monster appeared at the end and was an iguana enhanced by special effects.
  • The monster is treated in a tongue-in-cheek fashion in a 1961 film What a Whopper. The monster makes a cartoon appearance at the end of the film.
  • The 1964 film 7 Faces of Dr. Lao features the monster as a small fish in a fish bowl which balloons into gigantic proportions when removed from the bowl.
  • Nessie, das Monster von Loch Ness or Nessie - Das verrückteste Monster der Welt is a West German film made in 1985.
  • In the 1992 animated movie Freddie as F.R.O.7 Nessie befriends an enchanted frog prince called Frederic who uses powers of telekinesis to free her tail trapped under a fallen boulder. It is later revealed she has a family, who, along with Nessie herself, help Freddie defeat an enemy invasion of Britain.
  • Ted Danson starred in the 1996 film Loch Ness in which he plays an American scientist trying to disprove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, only to later disprove his own evidence when he comes to recognise that the Monster is best left alone to survive by itself.
  • The 2001 horror movie Loch Ness Terror deals with a series of attack allegedly made by the monster.
  • In the Disney-Pixar film Monsters, Inc., the Loch Ness monster is mentioned as one of the monsters who got banished from Monstropolis.
  • In the 2004 movie Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster the characters from the Scooby-Doo The Mystery, Inc. gang travel to Loch Ness in Scotland to see the famous Blake Castle, the home of Daphne Blake's cousin, Shannon. The Castle grounds is home to the first annual Highland Games, composed of many traditional Scottish sports. But when they arrive Shannon informs them that the Castle had recently been terrorized by the Loch Ness Monster. The gang investigate with help from Professor Fiona Pembrooke (who believes Nessie exists) and Sir Ian Locksley (a sceptic). Due to their opposing views, Locksley and Pembrooke share a mutual hatred for each other. It later revealed the monster that has been terrorizing Blake Castle are actually two fakes (one land-based and the other an aquatic sub) perpatraited by Prof. Pembrooke. Pembrooke’s plan was to use her fake Nessie to convince Locksley the real monster existed, and enlist his aide in finding it. The next day, the games begin on schedule; But Locksley calls everyone to his ship to look at new pictures of the monster his underwater cameras had taken. These, plus other pictures Pembrooke had taken convince him the monster does exist. The film ends with the gang leaving Blake Castle and shows Scooby briefly seeing the real Loch Ness Monster.
  • In the beginning of the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite, Napoleon gives a speech about the Loch Ness Monster.
  • A mockumentary starring director Werner Herzog titled Incident at Loch Ness (2004) shows the director filming scenes around Loch Ness in an attempt to disprove the theories of the monster. His writer/producer continually tries to make a "blockbuster" film that Werner does not want. They eventually run afoul of the real Nessie with eerie results.
  • In the 2005 film Lassie, Nessie can be seen swimming in the Loch Ness.
  • The 2007 film The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep featured a young boy who discovers and hatches an egg belonging to the legendary Celtic creature, the Water Horse. Naming it Crusoe after the fictional character, he eventually is forced to release it into Loch Ness and the world begins to notice. Based on a novel by Dick King-Smith.
  • In the 2007 Futurama film Bender's Big Score, Philip J. Fry takes a job caring for a narwhal at an aquarium in Old New York. Eventually the narwhal is return to the wild, and is replaced by the "Loch Ness Monster", which, it has been proven, is just a log with a mask stapled to it. Despite the fact that it is inanimate, it is a huge attraction for the aquarium.

Television[edit]

  • While no direct reference is made, in a 1956 episode of Soldiers of Fortune "The Monster of Loch MacGora" is supposed to dwell in a Scottish lake.
  • Courage The Cowardly Dog's episode where Muriel and Eustage travel around Loch Ness and Courage meets a giant sea creature called Nessie, referring to the "Loch Ness Monster"
  • The 1964 Gerry Anderson puppet television series, Stingray, included an episode where the crew was transported to Scotland to find the Loch Ness Monster. They discovered that the monster was secretly a robot operated by locals to attract tourists. The Stingray crew agreed to keep the secret once they left Loch Ness.
  • In the 1971 Goodies episode Scotland, the Goodies travel to Scotland in order to capture the Loch Ness Monster as an exhibit for the new Monster House at London Zoo.
  • In the 1971 Bewitched episode "Samantha and the Loch Ness Monster", the monster turns out to be a warlock named Bruce that Serena put a spell on.[5]
  • In the 1975 Doctor Who story Terror of the Zygons, the Loch Ness Monster is revealed to be a Skarasen, an alien cyborg controlled by the extraterrestrial race known as the Zygons, who use it in a bid for world conquest. When that scheme is foiled by the Fourth Doctor and its masters killed, the creature peacefully returns to its watery home. In the 1985 story Timelash, the Loch Ness Monster is implied to be the Borad, a tyrant whose DNA got mixed with a reptilian monster and was sent back to twelfth-century Scotland through a time corridor by the Sixth Doctor (Although the Borad was later revealed to have been killed almost immediately after his arrival in the Eighth Doctor novel The Taking of Planet 5). In the 2006 episode "School Reunion", Sarah Jane Smith trumps new companion Rose Tyler, who believes she has met far more interesting beings in her travels with the Ninth and Tenth Doctors than Sarah, by mentioning the time she encountered the Loch Ness Monster (in Terror of the Zygons), causing Rose to respond, "Seriously?"
  • The BBC television series The Family-Ness showed the adventures of a whole family of Loch Ness Monsters and their human friends, Elspeth and Angus McTout.
  • The anime series Sherlock Hound episode "The Adventure of Three Students" contains a cameo appearance of the Loch Ness Monster near the end.
  • An animated series, Happy Ness: Secret of the Loch, featured two groups of the creatures. The friendly Nessies included Happy Ness, Brave Ness, Forgetful Ness, Silly Ness, and Bright Ness, while the villains included Pompous Ness, Mean Ness, Devious Ness and Dark Ness. A trio of human children Hannah, Hosie and Hayden befriended the good Nessies, assisting them in occasional conflicts with the bad Nessies, while their uncle who owned a hotel in a Scottish castle is more keen on catching the Nessies. Both groups wore Loch-ets, each capable of performing a "Ness Bless", making its target temporarily feel the same as the caster. In addition, the Loch-ets protect the wearer from prying eyes, rendering them invisible to all but other Nessies and their trusted human friends.
  • In the Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episode "The Loch Ness Mess", the Loch Ness monster (depicted as male and named Lochie or Mr. Ness) visits the school to lecture the monsters on scaring but they all find him obnoxious with his boistrious dancing, singing of Scottish songs, and reenacting scares.
  • In the Extreme Dinosaurs episode "Loch Ness Mess", the Loch Ness monster is depicted as a species of plesiosaur surviving in the Loch. The evil Raptors attempt to manipulate one into destroying their Dinosaur enemies, only to incur the wrath of its larger mother. The Extreme Dinosaurs themselves are also mistaken for a species of Nessie by Scottish locals.
  • In the first episode of The Troop the Loch Ness monster is one of the monsters Hayley mentions to be released into the outside world.
  • In the eleventh episode of the seventh season of Thomas & Friends the legend of the monster in Castle loch is the same as the legend of the Lochness Monster in Scotland.
  • There was a British spoof of the documentary style 'investigation' titled Nessie: Real or Pretend?, hosted by two British comedians named Arthur Smith and Phil Nice, part of a short comedy series they made which was aired in December, 1985 called "Arthur and Phil Goes Off", made for the British "Channel 4" television network. One of the scenes had tourists standing by the castle looking at the lake. When the monster did not appear, the film crew handed out "special glasses" which had silhouettes of the monster on the lenses. The tourists immediately "saw" the monster, pointing at it in whatever direction they were looking, including one tourist looking at the sky shouting "It's flying! It's flying!" The special was run on America's A & E cable channel in 1986.
  • In the TV series How I Met Your Mother one of the main characters, Marshall, has a continuing obsession with the Loch Ness Monster. He believes that Nessie is a "gentle creature" and derides the fact that it is referred to as a 'monster'. He spent 10 days during his honeymoon looking for Nessie with his wife, Lily. In Season 3 Episode 02, in a foreshadow showing Marshall's office, there is a cutout from a newspaper where the headline is "N.Y.C lawyer captures 'Nessie'".
  • In the TV series South Park, Chef's parents, Thomas and Nellie, live in Scotland and claim (in the episode "The Succubus", for instance) to have been repeatedly harassed by the monster, who constantly begs them for three dollars and fifty cents ("tree fiddy", as Thomas pronounces it). They claim that the monster uses elaborate ruses and disguises to get money from them (such as selling cookies in disguise as a Girl Scout, or abducting them in the guise of a space alien), and say that even giving him money won't make him go away. These stories are always told primarily by Thomas, with Nellie offering support.
  • In Godzilla: The Series, which is an animated 'continuation' of the 1998 film, one episode features the Loch Ness monster as a foe of Godzilla. The episode is one of few in the series with what seems like inter-monster communication, in this case between Godzilla and 'Nessie' who seem to be able to understand one another, or at least read each other's body language. 'Nessie' is portrayed in a positive light and a creature the audience is supposed to sympathize with rather than root for being destroyed or otherwise defeated by Godzilla. The reason for this being is that Nessie has been attacking scientific installations along the Loch because they have captured and stolen her one offspring. In this episode, rather than being a plesiosaur as commonly depicted, Nessie's species is a gigantic type of mosasaur.
  • In the series of Dinosaur King, there is an episode called A Loch Ness Mess where the D-team and Alpha Gang travel to Loch ness to find Nessie. A water attribute dinosaur called Amargasaurus is mistaken by a local Scottish boy for the real nessie, but easily identified for the spines on its back. At the end of the episode, the Alpha gang make off with fake money for making the locals mistake their T-rex Terry for nessie. When the Alpha Gang are sailing along loch ness, they encounter nessie's ghost which vanishes, spooking them.
  • On an Episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Jimmy's friend, Carl, loses a sea turtle in the lake which grows to epic proportions after Jimmy's dad puts toxic waste in the lake. In an other episode, when Carl says going to Egypt during school hours will get on their permanent record, Sheen replies that a permanent record is a myth like the Loch Ness monster and North Dakota.
  • An episode of Disney's Gargoyles titled "Monsters" featured a captured female plesiosaur Dr. Sevarius kept in a hidden cavern within his base of operations beneath Urquhart Castle. His goal was to collect a variety of "exotic DNA" for future mutation experiments and Nessie was merely bait to lure out "Big Daddy" - her larger and more fearsome mate. The main character Angela befriends the monster when she is also taken into Sevarius's captivity. The episode also featured a submarine and a mini-sub designed to look like the monsters as well. There is a final appearance of Nessie's entire family - revealing the pair had at least two offspring when reunited at the end.
  • One episode of Phineas and Ferb show the brothers visiting a place called "Lake Nose" and going in search for the "Lake Nose Monster", or "Nosey" for short (a pun on the Loch Ness Monster's nickname "Nessie"). Meanwhile, Candace goes crazy during her lifeguard shift when she sees several sitings of Nosey, which all turn out to be hoaxes. Once Phineas and Ferb found the monster, they become friends with Nosey and learn that he just wants his existence to remain a secret so he could live in peace.
  • In "Achilles Heel", the second story in series 7 of The Tomorrow People, a pair of aliens visiting earth to extract a rare mineral found in the vicinity of Loch Ness note that another race of aliens who had previously dominated the earth had transplanted a "giant plascadron" in the lake to ward off the natives.
  • The Lupin the Third episode "50 Ways to Leave Your 50 foot Lover" reveals the monster is actual and surfaces when it hears Fujiko Mine singing. A criminal researcher determined to capture the monster kidnaps her, compelling Lupin and gang to take action. The researcher, crippled by the Creature's attack years earlier, has an undersea craft made in the image of Nessie.
  • In Swiss TV-show "Teleboy", a candid camera version, in 1976 a "Nessie"-like dummy, later by Yellow press called "Urnie", was used in Lake Lucerne.
  • In the Futurama episode, "Spanish Fry", Fry is certain that Bigfoot exists, but is repeatedly told it does not. When the creature's existence is indeed later confirmed, Fry exclaims, "The Loch Ness Monster's book was right!"
  • In a Toyota commercial featuring fresh water biologist Adrian Shine, the Loch Ness Monster tossed around a Toyota Tacoma.
  • In The Secret Saturdays Doyle and Van Rook are shown to be going to the Loch Ness, where they are searching for V.V. Argost, and instead find Munya, where they believe Argost is dead.
  • An episode of Wonder Pets featured the trio rescuing the Loch Ness Monster.
  • In the seventeenth episode of Samurai Jack, the Loch Ness Monster can be seen swimming in the water behind the Scotsman's castle as the Scotsman carries Jack away to the Castle of Boon.
  • An 1978 episode of Scooby-Doo ("A Highland Fling With a Monstrous Thing") featured a case that tied the Mystery Inc. gang between the Loch Ness Monster, and a phantom that seemed to be controlling it.
  • In Episode 67 of Sailor Moon Usagi(Chibi-Usa) gets saved by the Sea Monster's child from vicious sharks and names it Kirin for its long neck.
  • In River Monsters, Jeremy Wade attempts to search for Nessie, and draws the conclusion that the beast is somekind of giant fish.

Comics[edit]

  • In the webcomic George the Dragon the Loch Ness monster plays a large role. It is revealed that her name is actually Gladys[6] and in the course of the story she becomes the love interest of the title character. She and the titular dragon eventually wed and she moves out of Loch Ness (which explains why no scientist has ever found her). There is an entire story arc which occurs inside the stomach of the Loch Ness Monster.
  • In issue 5 of Doc Savage entitled "The Earth Wreckers" and published in July 1976. Subtitled "The Man of Bronze uncovers the Secret of The Loch Ness Monster" as the hero of the book pursues his enemy Iron Mask to Loch Ness.
  • Prince Nathan, son of Prince Valiant, once saved the life of an endangered Loch Ness Monster.
  • In the French comic book Asterix and the Picts, which takes place in Scotland, the Loch Ness monster is portrayed as a gentle, friendly and playful plesiosaur named Afnor in the original translation, who is not only the protector of the Mac Brass clan, as well as their mascot, whose favorite sport is to dive.

Games[edit]

  • A board game of the hunt for Nessie was produced by Searchglen called Nessie Hunt in 1987.[7] The game was designed by Anthony Harmsworth[8]
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Nessie the Loch Ness Monster is refereed to as the namesake for "Gourdy", the Gourd Lake Monster which was captured in a photo. Gourdy is later proven to be a hoax, much like the real Nessie.
  • The Tomb Raider III expansion pack The Lost Artefact begins in a castle by Loch Ness, with the monster itself putting in an appearance towards the end of the first level. Apparently, there are two versions of Nessie at this level. One is the robotic version, and another is the true version of Nessie. The robotic version takes the shape of a plesiosaur, whereas the real Nessie is a marine serpent.
  • In Saint's Row 2, there is a small island out in the ocean with the bones of what is believed to be the Loch Ness Monster.
  • One part of the story in Mega Man Star Force 2 focuses on the Loch Mess Monster, which is eventually shown to be fake.
  • In the SNES video game, Top Gear, there is a level that takes place at Loch Ness and on certain curves a player can spot a monster in the water.
  • In Atari Jaguar fighting video game, Kasumi Ninja, there is a Loch Ness monster swimming in the background of Angus stage.
  • In the computer game Commander Keen the third episode involves riding on the back of a sea creature named Nessie.
  • Loch Ness Monster,[9] built in 1985, was the final pinball machine built by Game Plan,[10] before the Game Plan company went out of business. As the factory "production run" was but a single prototype, the machine is almost as rare as the monster itself. Among the few who have played it, Loch Ness Monster is said to be Game Plan's best game, by far. Unlike all previous Game Plan games, it featured speech, a ramp, and a strobe-lit mechanical animation below the playfield.
  • In the game EarthBound, to get through Winters, you must ride a monster in the lake named "Tessie" which you may ride afterwards if you go back.
  • In the game Final Fantasy V (Snes) and PlayStation Portable (Psp) game Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, a Summon Monster/Esper/Sea Dragon called Hydra/Syldra that resembles the Loch Ness monster.
  • In the Pokemon video game series, the design of the Pokemon Lapras was based Loch Ness Monster and initially was to be named "Ness".
  • In the Nancy Drew game Danger on Deception Island, when Nancy is writing a letter to her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, She shows a picture of what looks to be a Loch Ness Monster but instead she calls it a snake horse.
  • Super Mario 64 contains a level called "Hazy Maze Cave" in which you must visit an underground lake hidden within the cavern and ride on Dorrie, a blue plesiosaur, in order to collect a star.
  • In World of Warcraft, an NPC named "Nessy" can occasionally be seen swimming in the water midway through the Deeprun Tram. Also, in the Loch Modan region there is an NPC named "Modan Monster". Nessy resembles the traditional Nessie [2]; the Modan Monster resembles a kraken-type monster, which is really just a tough-looking, spiky fish [3].
  • The Forgotten Futures tabletop RPG adventure Free Nessie (1994, part of Forgotten Futures III) involves an attempt to free the Loch Ness Monster from captivity.
  • In Team Fortress 2 (PC), one of the Demoman achievements is titled "Loch Ness Bombster", a straight reference to Nessie (in the game, the Demoman is an explosive weapons specialist hailing from Scotland). The character bio for the Demoman mentions that as a child, he had a terrible plan to kill the monster using explosive weaponry, which failed.
  • A screenshot of the corner before the chicane in a redesigned version of Trial Mountain in GT5 from the Tokyo Game Show 2010 has a lake. If the viewer were to look beyond the last couple of NGK billboards in the corner (foreground) and the bottom of a hill (midground), you can see a figure that looks like the Loch Ness Monster.

Someone on YouTube created a video of it, showing the lake, the history of the creature, and pictures of Trial Mountain. The final picture zooms in dramatically at the figure.[11]

  • In AdventureQuest, the clan leader for Water looks like the Loch Ness monster.
  • The Loch Ness Monster was part of the quest for Cryptid Island on Poptropica.
  • In League of Legends, the champion Cho'Gath has a remodel called Loch Ness Cho'Gath, which makes him look like a sea creature based on descriptions of the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois sponsors a yearly 'Monster Hunt' in which the students of the college hunt lake monsters in nearby Rend Lake.
  • In the MMORPG City of Heroes, a creature modeled after the Loch Ness Monster, called "Sally", can be found in the Croatoa zone. The creature is attack-able but will not attack back, and takes only one hit to defeat, at which point it will retreat beneath the water.
  • In the Mass Effect 3 downloadable content mission Leviathan, Commander Shepard will jokingly guess the identify of a plesiosaur's corpse to be the creature. When corrected by EDI, they will comment that "Loch Ness Monster's more interesting" which EDI will reply with "Interesting and non-existent."

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Further reading[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Monster video at YouTube
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ John Walker (ed.) Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000, London: HarperCollins, 1999, p.731
  4. ^ Loch Ness Terror page at Insight Film Studios
  5. ^ "Bewitched: Samantha and the Loch Ness Monster". tv.com. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  6. ^ Gladys page at George the Dragon
  7. ^ http://www.lochnessexperience.com/nessiehunt.html
  8. ^ http://www.loch-ness.org/webmaster.html
  9. ^ Loch Ness Monster pinball machine
  10. ^ Tribute page for Game Plan, a pinball machine manufacturer that went out of business in 1985
  11. ^ http://www.gtplanet.net/95-gran-turismo-5-tgs-2010-screenshots-at-18-megapixels/