"Wuxia's all a flutter"

Films: The Butterfly Murders (1979)

Alias: None

Type: Natural

Location: Haunted home

Height/Weight: That of an average human.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: The old days of China. Lands of samurai, heroes, villains, and political upheaval. But some stories are stranger than others, as exemplified by the tale of the armored man and his army of killer butterflies.

History: In ancient China, at least 72 forces seek to control the martial world. But in the middle of it all, mysterious deaths at the hands of bloodthirsty butterflies are getting attention. And now a mysterious stranger has invited an array of skilled fighters to his deserted palace. But what lies in wait for them is none other than the butterfly swarm's master, and he's set to kill them all.

Notable Kills: He's bred an army of killer butterflies. Need we say more?

Final Fate: After being confronted in the underground of his land, the killer is fought and ultimately killed when one manages to get him to ram his exposed head into a cliff face on a zipline.

Powers/Abilities: Aside from the butterflies, the man is extremely skilled in the martial arts, dons an impenetrable suit of armor, has a grappling hook to get out of sticky situations, and wields a bizarre tennis racket-shaped weapon to lacerate victims.

Weakness: The most removable part of his armor is his helmet. Remove it, and you have yourself a good target.

Scariness Factor: 4.5-As if the legions of blood-erflies (Ha! See what we did there?) wasn't bad enough, this guy is a walking one-man army, capable of downing several armed warriors at once with his bare hands! It's a miracle someone put him down. He could have taken over all of China for all we know.

Trivia: -This film is often considered a wuxia film. Wuxia means "martial heroes" in Chinese, and started off as a genre of literature before its cultural expansion.

-There is nary a single butterfly in the world capable of killing anything. With that said, some species like the monarch butterfly will eat poisonous plants so that predators reconsider eating them for fear of getting sick.


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You gotta hand it to the costume designer.

This must have inspired one or two animes.
"I'm trying to refine my blade, you jerks!"

Eh. Never liked those buzzards.

Pretty embressing way to go, really.
You've got a way with weapons, it seems.



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