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This is a
list of fictional , categorized by the media they appear in. For the purpose of this list, "worm" does not simply refer to worms earthworms, but also to mythological and fantastic creatures whose description as a "worm" descends from the Old English word wyrm, a poetic term for a legless serpent or dragon. For a comprehensive account of worms in fiction, please see Fictional depictions of worms.
Mythology and legends [ edit ]
Literature [ edit ]
Beowulf slays a 50-foot serpentine creature. It is described variously as a 'wyrm' (18 instances) or as a dragon (11 instances).  "
The Conqueror Worm", an 1845 poem by Edgar Allan Poe, concludes with the lines "The play is the tragedy, 'Man',/ and its hero the Conqueror Worm." 
is a 1911 novel by The Lair of the White Worm Bram Stoker, made into a 1988 film by director Ken Russell. 
Fafnir, a beast slain during the course of the Völsungasaga, is a worm in William Morris's rendition. 
, a 1922 fantasy novel by The Worm Ouroboros Eric Rücker Eddison, invokes an ancient myth of a legless creature that eats its own tail.
The Coming of the White Worm is a 1941 short story by Clark Ashton Smith. 
J.R.R. Tolkien refers to his creation Glaurung as 'The Great Worm'. This term was adopted by hackers to describe the Morris Worm. 
John Brunner's 1975 describes computer ' Shockwave Rider tapeworms' as capable of reproducing themselves as long as networked computers enable their survival. 
In the House of the Worm is a 1976 short story by George R. R. Martin.
The Conqueror Worms is a 2006 novel by Brian Keene. The
.303 Bookworm in Terry Pratchett's novels. Discworld The Worm of the World's End, first mentioned in
The One Tree, Book 2 of the second trilogy of fantasy series written by The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever Stephen R. Donaldson. Its slumbering body is said to underlie the land and ocean, and its thrashings will destroy the world when it awakes. By the end of the Second Chronicles one is left wondering if it really exists, or whether it is a mythical personification of the world's eventual fate. However the more recent books make it clear that the worm does exist, but that it is not physically very large. However, its hunger will nonetheless lead to global ruination.
Sandworms play a major role in the science fiction novel and in its film and TV adaptations ( Dune ). Dune universe 
(2003), written by Diary of a Worm Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss, is a journalistic account of a worm's daily life. 
Lowly Worm is a fictional character that makes frequent appearances in Richard Scarry's children's books.
Flobberworms are dull wormlike magical creatures in the universe. Harry Potter Molly Michon, aka Kendra, Warrior Babe of the Outland, worships a worm god known as Nigoth in several of
Christopher Moore's novels, including The Stupidest Angel and the Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove.
César Aira's "The Literary Conference" (2010) features giant blue worms, the product of a science experiment gone awry, that destructively tumble down mountains toward the Venezuelan town below.
Daniel Pinkwater's 1981 novel The Worms of Kukumlima features giant intelligent earthworms who live in an extinct volcano and collect "elephant mice".
Television, music and film [ edit ]
, also called exogorths or "giant asteroid worms" Space slugs , are silicon-based gastropods, capable of surviving in a vacuum. First seen in Star Wars: star wars (5) The
in the Graboids films and television series. Tremors 
Jeff, the giant subway worm in the film Men in Black II The ghost-eating
sandworms in the film Beetlejuice A family of worms in
Jim Davis' comic strip US Acres
Phish performed a version of the song "Swingtown" in Amsterdam, about giant worms in the city's sewers, known as "Wormtown".
Inchworm, a song first recorded by Danny Kaye and since covered by several other artists, asks an inchworm to appreciate the beauty of marigolds rather than measuring their length. The giant worm-demon in "
Beneath You", a 7th-season episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The giant
flukeworm/human hybrid in " The Host", a 2nd-season episode of The X-Files. A giant maggot/worm in the cult film
. Galaxy of Terror "Just a worm" living in the walls of the outer Labyrinth in the Jim Henson
movie of the same name.
Regulan bloodworms are a species in the Star Trek universe.  In the 2005 film
, a giant bloodworm-like predator called the King Kong carnictis lives in the rents and chasms of Skull Island. They grow to be 7–13 feet long, and they kill a character named Lumpy in the film. In the
Alien series, Alien Chestbursters are Xenomorph larvae that incubate within a human host and rip out of the chest cavity when partially mature. The Giant flesh-eating worms from Pre-cambrian rimes in
Primeval, this Worms life in sulphur gases which come from the anomaly, oxygen is poison for the Worms. The titular character in the
They Might Be Giants song Dr. Worm, a worm that can play the drums. In the
Worms Series, Boggy B, Spadge, and Clagnut are named characters who appear in title songs and the like. Alaskan Bull Worm from the television show
. SpongeBob SquarePants The Bookworm, supporting character in Warner Brothers'
cartoons Sniffles The Bookworm, a character Spider-Man fought in an episode of The 1970s PBS TV series
The Electric Company
Bookworm (Tiny Toon Adventures), supporting character on the hit cartoon show Tiny Toon Adventures The
Bookworm character of various children's reading programs.
Boreworms an (unseen) animal used as an implement of torture in the movie . Flash Gordon
Doctor Worm, from the They Might Be Giants song featured on Nickelodeon's Kablam
Evil Jim, Earthworm Jim's evil Doppelgänger from the Earthworm Jim TV series.
Glo Worm, plushie worms toys The Slurm Queen from
Futurama, the only source of the Slurm brand of soda.
Mr. Mind, the super-intelligent nemesis of DC's Captain Marvel character
Slimey, pet of Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch Lazy Jay Ranch's worms in
Rocky and Bullwinkle The "Worm That Doth Corrupt" from
Jerusalem's Lot by Stephen King. A giant worm was the monster in a
What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode. A giant worm was in an episode of
Timon and Pumbaa. The Dark One Worm, from
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!. The Sweet Worm from
Hamtaro (Japanese 'Hamu Hamu Paradai~chu!' season), a giant worm who ate the sweets in Sweet Paradise, then went through metamorphosis and turned into Sweet Butterfly. The Worm, stretchy superhero created by Cartoonist/Character designer Alex G. Bowman.
 Winny the Worm, mascot of Whiteworms Studios and main character in a series of stop-motion short films.
Turner the Worm, a comic strip written by Paul Rose for the now-defunct UK service. Teletext  Metal sandworm, more likely giant whirling tunneling tornadoes of metallic scrap, in the film
. Vexille Guph's Giant Dirt-Devouring Worm from
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1986 TV series).
The Memory worm from Doctor Who
Role-playing games [ edit ]
Video games [ edit ]
Thresher Maw, an alien earthworm from
Mass Effect trilogy. Annelids, from
. System Shock 2 Boreworms, from
. Splatterhouse Burrow Beast, a man-eating worm weapon from
Destroy All Humans! 2
Earthworm Jim, the protagonist of the video game series with the same name. Earthworm Kim, the female version of Jim from
. Earthworm Jim 3D Fat Worm, from
Fat Worm Blows a Sparky Long and purple worms, from
. NetHack Mindworms, from
. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Moldorm, from
and its sequels. The Legend of Zelda Multiworms and hyperworms, from
. X-COM: Apocalypse The Pit Worm and Geneworm from
. Half-Life: Opposing Force Sandworms, from the
. Dune computer and video games Sandworms, from the
. Diablo I & II computer and video games Sandworms, from the
series. Final Fantasy Tapeworm Slim, a new character planned to be in the cancelled
. Earthworm Jim PSP The King of Worms, a fictional character from the games
and Daggerfall in Oblivion series. The Elder Scrolls Burrowers and Dune Worms (possibelly Young Burrowers) from
series. WarCraft The eponymous worms from the
series. Worms The various types of Worms in
Zerg larvae, Nydus worms, and Cerebrates from . StarCraft Rockworms and the Riftworm from
. Gears of War 2 Molgera, a boss from
. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Worm, referring to various types of creatures in the
series. Monster Rancher Magmaw, a boss from
. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm The Neurax Worm, a plague type from
and Plague Inc. . Plague Inc. Evolved Baron Nashor, a giant worm from
. League of Legends Death Worm, the protagonist from the smartphone game of the same name.
Split Worm, an enormous worm that appears in
Silent Hill 3 Greedy Worm, a creature from
& Silent Hill 4: The Room Silent Hill: The Arcade
Graboid, from the computer game Dirt Dragons
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