“Pounce like a lion, sting like a scorpion”

Films: Manticore (2005)

Alias: None

Type: Mystical

Location: Cave/Civilized Area/Desert

Height/Weight: Twice that of an average lion.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: When the soldiers come occupying countries struck by terrorism and poverty, it's almost never good. Most of the time, it seems like we just want the natural resources instead of these people's freedom. But whatever the case, no one is safe from the ghosts of the past.

History: When the ancient city of Babylon was invaded, an evil sorcerer was commissioned to create the perfect weapon. Thus, the Sacred Twins were born. They were a pair of ferocious manticores, and as one might guess, they went out of control in their bloodlust, and were turned to stone when they were forced to look at one another. But centuries later, an Iraqi terrorist brings one of them back with a sacred medallion in an attempt to make the American troops there go away. It worked too well again, as the beast went on yet another rampage.

Notable Kills: Nothing special.

Final Fate: After a few failed attempts to kill it, the Manticore is finally brought down when it's petrified by a camcorder's reflection, and smashed with a sledgehammer.

Powers/Abilities: Impervious to all types of damage and capable of producing acidic spit.

Weakness: Only the gaze of its sibling will turn it to stone. That, or a reflection works all the same.

Scariness Factor: 2.5-A shame this intimidating man-scorpion-bat-lion thing got such mediocre CGI and a lousy weakness. Granted, it's a little sad that this beast is so ugly that it cannot stand the sight of itself, but that's poetry in motion, we suppose. Either way, try not to cross this hybrid's path.

Trivia: -In Persian mythology, the manticore is a creature with rows of sharp teeth and the features of both lion and man, though the scorpion features are optional. Its name is actually an English version of its true title, the Martyaxwar, which literally means "maneater".

-A similar beast is the Mantyger, a man-tiger-lion-boar-goat hybrid. It came from medieval times as a sort of replacement of the manticore.

Image Gallery

As if the shadow of war wasn't bad enough.

"I know this is a bad time for a hook-up, but..."
"The desert provides!"

Get out before he horks up a century's worth of lunch!
The gaze of a true killer of man.

Girls Und Panzer is about to get an unwelcome guest.
"Hey! Who took all of the graham crackers?!"