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[edit | edit source]

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European Folklore[edit | edit source]

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

Greek Folklore[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Sumarian Folklore[edit | edit source]

Enkidu, Edimmu, Tammuz, Guanna.

Egyptian Folklore[edit | edit source]

Kheperer, Thoth. (Seal of Wisdom).

Norse Folklore[edit | edit source]

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

Slavic Folklore[edit | edit source]

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

British & Irish Folklore[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Chinese Folklore[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Langsuir, Penangglan

Native American Folklore[edit | edit source]

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

Mesoamerican Folklore[edit | edit source]

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Camazotz, Chakmol, Cabracan

South American Folklore[edit | edit source]

Chon Chon, Wariche, Larilari, Anhangá, Kerufe

Caribbean Mythology[edit | edit source]

La Sirene

Polynesian Mythology[edit | edit source]

Rogo-Tumu-Here

Modern Folklore[edit | edit source]

Gremlin, Sasquatch, Chupakabra, Sky Fish

Astrological[edit | edit source]

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

Demonological[edit | edit source]

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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[edit | edit source]

Lovecraft[edit | edit source]

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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[edit | edit source]

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

Nursery Rhyme[edit | edit source]

Jack & Jill

Franz Kafka[edit | edit source]

Gregor, Samsa

J.R.R Tolkien[edit | edit source]

Entwife

Lewis Carol[edit | edit source]

Alice (referenced), Tweedledee, Tweedledum

Dungeons and Dragons[edit | edit source]

Grimlock, Efreet, Marid, Dao, and Djinn.

Ernest Thompson Seton[edit | edit source]

Lobo and Blanca.

Lord Dunsany[edit | edit source]

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

Jules Verne[edit | edit source]

Nautilus (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea)

Media[edit | edit source]

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Opera[edit | edit source]

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

Video Games[edit | edit source]

Kelly (Terry from Fatal Fury series).

Anime[edit | edit source]

Maya, Mash, & Martega (The "Black Tri-Stars" from Gundam), Gamilans (mentioned), Space Battleship Yamato (indirectly referenced), and the "Wave Motion Engine" (all from Space Battleship Yamato), and the layout of the He-Man Sushi house (based on The Gold Zodiac from Saint Seiya).

Film[edit | edit source]

The Meowmenator (The Terminator).

Historical People[edit | edit source]

(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[edit | edit source]

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

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