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The Shadow Hearts series pools references and inspiration from many differing sources; myths, horror, anime, and books.

This article is an attempt to group these references in easy to see chunks.

MythologicalEdit

Mythology

European FolkloreEdit

Werewolf, Hand of Glory, Cockatrice, Revenant, Peryton, Lemures, Roland and Durandal.

Greek FolkloreEdit

Python, Basilisk, Alcmene, Icarus, Charon, Echidna, Talos, Amphisbaena, Arachne, Castor & Pollux, Janus, Acteon, Ixion, Phobos, Chimera, Golden Ram (Aries Tile), Io (Taurus Tile), Karkinos the giant crab (Cancer Tile), Nemean lion (Leo Tile*), Astria (Virgo Tile and Libra Tile), Skorpios the giant scorpion and Orion (Scorpio Tile), Chiron the centaur (Sagittarius Tile), Sea-goat Pricus (Capricorn Tile), Ganymede (Aquarius Tile) Jupiter, Saturn/Kronos, Venus/Aphrodite, Poseidon, Hades, Nemesis, Atlas, Hercules, Artemis, Hermes, Athena, Fides, Apollo, Tyche, and Eros (Koudelka Idols, Lucia's Fans, and Pisces Tile).

ArabicEdit

Ghoul, Ifrit (also as Efreet in Koudelka Scrolls), Marid, Dao, and Djinn (also from the scrolls).

Sumarian FolkloreEdit

Enkidu, Edimmu, Tammuz, Guanna.

Egyptian FolkloreEdit

Kheperer, Thoth. (Seal of Wisdom).

Norse FolkloreEdit

Garm, Ofnir, Hati, Dvergar, Wotan (Nibelung Manuscripts) Baldr and his death by mistletoe.

Slavic FolkloreEdit

Czernobog, Domovoi, Polisun, Mocos, Pripelaga, Svarozic, Erisvorch, Svarog, Veles.

British & Irish FolkloreEdit

Lham Dearg, Banshee, Red Cap, Barghest, Lambton Worm, Awd Goggie, Dunters, Morgan, Peg O'Nell, Nuckelavee, Sir Galahad (in his sword), the Mabinogion (a major thematic influence on Koudelka).

Indo-Asian FolkloreEdit

Varunamyth

Yamaraja, Ātman, Asura (monster, and in Asura's Earrings), Rakshasa.

Chinese FolkloreEdit

Shuǐ hǔ, Hakujōshi, Chénghuángshén, Zhū-tún-shé, Xieshi, Baigu, Qinggu, Xiān lí, Fenghuang Chick, Lion Dog, Zhong Kui, Mudopkan, The Four Symbols (in various items and Yuri's weapons)

Japanese FolkloreEdit

Kamaitachi, Shiki, Hino-Enma, Inugami, Kabuso, Nekomata, Kappa, Isora, Onibi, Uwabami, Ayakashi, Ara-mitama, Yashahime, Blue Oni & Red Oni, Kijo (Ogress Mask), Amanojaku, Gaki, Enku, Tengu, Takaokami, Hinogakutsuchi, Yatanokami, Takemikazuchi, Kukunochi, Arahabaki, Tanuki, Otoroshi, Waira, Housougami, Futtachi, Itsumade, Tsunemotomushi, Raiden/Raijin, Fuujin, Tsukiyomi, Susano-O, Kusanagi Sword, Yasakani Gem, Yata Mirror, Shichifukujin, the Yamabushi, and the Straw Millionaire.

Malay FolkloreEdit

Langsuir, Penangglan

Native American FolkloreEdit

Tornaq (Inuit), Delgeth (Navajo), Mą’ii (Navajo), Tze-Zui, Xukrus, Tieholtsodi, Tatan'Ka (Lakota), Tirawa, Hotoru, H’uraru, Shakuru, and Chahuru (Pawnee).

Mesoamerican FolkloreEdit

Aztecmyth

Camazotz, Chakmol, Cabracan

South American FolkloreEdit

Chon Chon, Wariche, Larilari, Anhangá, Kerufe

Caribbean MythologyEdit

La Sirene

Polynesian MythologyEdit

Rogo-Tumu-Here

Modern FolkloreEdit

Gremlin, Sasquatch, Chupakabra, Sky Fish

AstrologicalEdit

Graffias, Muscida, Sirius, Betelgeuse, Procyon, Arcturus (Star Key), and the Zodiac (Tiles in Manmariana Island, Stellar Magic and charts).

DemonologicalEdit

Paradise Lost

Bifrons, Stolas, Amon, Luvart, Baphomet, Asmodeus, Astaroth, Baal, Gaap, Orobas, Arioch, Carreau, Gressil, Ronove.

And the other demons of the Lemegeton:

Vepar, Crocell, Forneus, Focalor, Uvall, Furfur, Gremory, Andras, Zepar, Sitri, Sallos, Vassago, Paimon, Marchosias, Camio, Phenex, Purson, Raum, Barbatos, Agares, Amy, Beleth, Bathin, Haures, Aim, Glasyalabolas, Bune, Samigina, Murmur, Furcas, Dantalion, Leraje, Halphas, Berith, Ipos, Eligos, Balam, Ose, Alloces, Sabnock, Andromalius, Valefor, Belial, Zagan, Shax, Malphas, Haagenti, Decarabia, Seere, Cimeias, Vapula, Botis, Naberius, Foras, Gusion, Buer, Orias, Marbas, Valak, Andrealphus, Vine, Marax, and Amdusias.

LiteraryEdit

LovecraftEdit

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(Also including the other authors of the Cthulu Mythos.)

Dark Young, Gug/ Gagu, Tindalos/Tindaros, Othuum, Blupe, Bokrug, Byakhee, Deep One, Daoloth , Ghatanothoa, Y'golonac, Shub-Niggurath, Wamp, Shantak, The Necronomicon (also quoting its Arabic name,al-Azif, and author, Abdul Alhazred), Unaussprechlichen Kulten, and the city of R'lyeh. A major influence on the collective series.

BiblicalEdit

Mammon, Cherubim, Seraphim, Scapegoat, Sandalphon, Bethlehem, King Solomon, King David (referenced).

Nursery RhymeEdit

Jack & Jill

Franz KafkaEdit

Gregor, Samsa

J.R.R TolkienEdit

Entwife

Lewis CarolEdit

Alice (referenced), Tweedledee, Tweedledum

Dungeons and DragonsEdit

Grimlock, Efreet, Marid, Dao, and Djinn.

Ernest Thompson SetonEdit

Lobo and Blanca.

Lord DunsanyEdit

Sacnoth, Tharagavverug the dragon-crocodile (indirectly referenced).

MediaEdit

Terry Bogard

OperaEdit

Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen; Siegfried, Segmund, Sieglinde, Hunding, Brünnhilde the Valkyries, Mime, the sword Nothung, the dragon Fafnir, and Hagen.

Video GamesEdit

Kelly (Terry from Fatal Fury series).

AnimeEdit

Maya, Mash, & Martega (The "Black Tri-Stars" from Gundam).

FilmEdit

The Meowmenator (The Terminator).

Historical PeopleEdit

(Not including actual historical figures featured as characters in the games.)
Saint Zosima, Sammo Hung, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Ryoko "Yawara-chan" Tani, Bruce Lee, and Bae Yong-Joon

FaunaEdit

Hallucigenia recon

Argentavis, Bivalvia, Eryops, Xidazoon, Hallucigenia, Seymouria, Sordes, Morpho butterfly (Morpho Scales).

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