Mummy (monster)

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Mummies are commonly featured in horror genres as undead creatures wrapped in bandages.


The original inspiration for undead mummies comes from the process of mummification.


  • One of the earliest examples of undead mummies is The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century, an 1827 novel written by Jane C. Loudon. This early science-fiction work concerns an Egyptian mummy named Cheops, who is brought back in to life in the 22nd century.
  • Lost in a Pyramid; or, The Mummy's Curse (Louisa May Alcott, 1869) is an early example of the "mummy's curse" genre.
  • The Jewel of Seven Stars featured a mummy.
  • EC Comics' series Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, and The Vault of Horror featured mummies in their stories. Tales from the Crypt #33 revealed that the Crypt-Keeper's parents are a 4,000-year-old female Egyptian mummy and a two-headed corpse.
  • Marvel Comics has its own mummies including N'Kantu, the Living Mummy.
  • The mummies are featured in The Kane Chronicles.
  • The Goosebumps franchise featured mummies in its different stories.
    • The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb featured an assortment of mummies.
    • Return of the Mummy featured the Mummy of Prince Kho-ru who was the fictional cousin of King Tut.
    • Diary of a Mad Mummy featured the Mummy of King Buthramaman.
    • The Mummy Walks featured the Mummy of Emperor Pukrah of Jekeziah.
    • The Tales to Give You Goosebumps story "Don't Wake Mummy" featured a mummy. The television adaption of this episode also featured the mummy's cat.
    • Who's Your Mummy featured an assortment of mummies.
  • The Mummy Chronicles is a continuation of the Stephen Sommers' Mummy films.


  • Robot mummies were featured in a Doctor Who story Pyramids of Mars while the Hammer Horror film series had also included what had become a stock genre character.
  • The TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Groovie Goolies feature a Mummy (voiced by Howard Morris impersonating Ed Wynn) as a member of the Groovie Goolies.
  • The TV series Drak Pack features a super-strong mummy named Mummyman (voiced by Chuck McCann) who is a member of the evil organization OGRE.
  • The TV series Gravedale High features mummy characters like Cleofatra (voiced by Ricki Lake) and Mr. Tutner (voiced by Tim Curry).
  • In Big Bad Beetleborgs, the character Mums is a mummy that resides at Hillhurst.
  • The anime franchise for Digimon features Mummymon.
  • In the Ben 10 franchise, there is a race of alien mummies called Thep Khufans. Ben Tennyson's alien form Snare-oh (originally called Benmummy) is a Thep Khufan.
  • Some Mummy Monsters appeared in Super Sentai:
  • In Ugly Americans, there are mummies living in Manhattan. One Mummy is revealed to be the mother of Francis Grimes as seen in "Mummy Dearest."
  • The Jim Henson Company's "Henson Alternative" banner had different mummy characters:
    • In Late Night Liars, the character William A. Mummy (performed by Brian Clark) is one of the main characters. He is a flamboyant mummy who Shelley Oceans' ex-wife and a parody of Paul Lynde.
    • In No, You Shut Up!, Andy Al-Jizah (performed by Brian Clark) is a mummy who is the President of the AAMRP (short for American Association of Mummified and/or Retired People).
  • In Jake and the Neverland Pirates, some people believe that the crook and flail has the power to bring the mummies to life.
  • The anime series Monster Musume features Mummies where they are depicted as a subspecies of the Zombies. As the desert environments have made their skin dry, the Mummies must take long baths to replenish their fluids and even do this by sucking the life force out of humans to supplement their beauty as a placebo.
  • The TV series OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes features the character Ms. Mummy (voiced by Ashly Burch) who is a regular of the Lake Plaza Turbo where she lives behind "Gar's Hero Supply & Bodega."


During the 20th century, horror films and other mass media popularized the notion of a curse associated with mummies (see Curse of the pharaohs). The 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter brought mummies into the mainstream.

Video games[edit]

  • In the PlayStation and PC versions of Breakout, a Mummy is the boss of the Egyptian Lair as Bouncer must rescue one of his friends from the Mummy.
  • The Kirby series features the recurring mummy-based enemy Mumbies. It appears to be a floating ball of bandages who follows the player character when he or she looks the opposite direction. The series later has another mummy enemy named Mummbon in Kirby Mass Attack.
  • The eroge video game Big Bang Age features the mummy Shiraville VIII.
  • The RPG game Eiyuu X Maou features the mummy Faora.
  • In the Age of Mythology video games, the Mummies are part of the Egyptian faction's Myth Units and are associated with Osiris.
  • The Warcraft franchise have mummies that are part of the Scourge. These mummies are mummified versions of creatures from other races that are reanimated through necromancy. The trolls and the nerubians are known to mummify their dead.
  • The eroge video game Monster Girl Quest features the Mummy Girl who works for the Sphinx.
  • The video game Moe Chronicle features an unnamed female mummy.
  • In the game MediEvil, Mummies are enemies that Sir Dan must kill. In its sequel MediEvil 2, there is a blue-skinned mummy named Princess Kiya who is Dan's love interest.
  • The Legend of Zelda features recurrent mummy-like enemies called Gibdo. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess featured an enemy known as a ReDead Knight, which combined features from Gibdo and ReDeads (another undead enemy from the series).


  • In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, there are Mummies that are undead creatures and come in various types like Bog Mummies, Clay Mummies, Greater Mummies, Hunefers, Ice Mummies, Mummy Lords, and Salt Mummies.
  • Lego is shown to have different Mummy minifigures:
    • Lego Minifigures is shown to have a Mummy as part of its series three. This Mummy later appeared in The Lego Movie. He is among the Master Builders that meet in Cloud Cuckoo Land.
    • Lego Monster Fighters features The Mummy who roams the desert roads of the Monster Realm at night on his chariot pulled by fire-eyed skeleton horse. This Mummy later appeared in The Lego Batman Movie. He alongside Lord Vampyre and the Swamp Creature appear as inmates of the Phantom Zone.
    • Lego Pharaoh's Quest features the Mummy of Amset-Ra, a Mummy Warrior, a Flying Mummy, and a Snake Charmer Mummy. The minifigures for the Mummy of Amset-Ra and a Mummy Warrior have double-sided heads.
  • In the Monster High franchise, Cleo de Nile and Nefera de Nile are known mummies who are the daughters of the mummy Ramses de Nile.


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