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This article is about monsters as a kind of hostile mythical beast. For monster as a pejorative name for a deformed person, see teratology. For other uses, see Monster (disambiguation).
Monster is a term for any number of mythical beasts that frequently appear in mythology, legend, and horror fiction. They are also a mainstay of Dungeons & Dragons and similar role-playing games. "Monster" usually, but not always, implies that these creatures are larger than human size. It almost always implies that the creatures are powerful and hostile to the hero, and must be overcome to succeed in the quest.

Some well known monsters are:

Some well known monster types are:

Famous stories involving monsters:

See also: cryptozoology; mythical beast; role-playing bestiary

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