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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.

Mythological

Mythology

European Folklore

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

Greek Folklore

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).

Arabic

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

Sumarian Folklore

Enkidu, Edimmu, Tammuz, Guanna.

Egyptian Folklore

Kheperer, Thoth. (Seal of Wisdom).

Norse Folklore

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

Slavic Folklore

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

British & Irish Folklore

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 Folklore

Varunamyth

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

Chinese Folklore

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 Folklore

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 Folklore

Langsuir, Penangglan

Native American Folklore

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

Mesoamerican Folklore

Aztecmyth

Camazotz, Chakmol, Cabracan

South American Folklore

Chon Chon, Wariche, Larilari, Anhangá, Kerufe

Caribbean Mythology

La Sirene

Polynesian Mythology

Rogo-Tumu-Here

Modern Folklore

Gremlin, Sasquatch, Chupakabra, Sky Fish

Astrological

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

Demonological

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.

Literary

Lovecraft

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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.

Biblical

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

Nursery Rhyme

Jack & Jill

Franz Kafka

Gregor, Samsa

J.R.R Tolkien

Entwife

Lewis Carol

Alice (referenced), Tweedledee, Tweedledum

Dungeons and Dragons

Grimlock, Efreet, Marid, Dao, and Djinn.

Ernest Thompson Seton

Lobo and Blanca.

Lord Dunsany

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

Media

Terry Bogard

Opera

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

Video Games

Kelly (Terry from Fatal Fury series).

Anime

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

Film

The Meowmenator (The Terminator).

Historical People

(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

Fauna

Hallucigenia recon

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

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