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Loch Ness Monster (oil painting) by Heikenwaelder Hugo.

The Loch Ness Monster is well known throughout Scotland and the rest of the world and has entered into popular culture.

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Literature

  • In the Leslie Charteris short story "The Convenient Monster" (1959, coll. 1962) Simon Templar investigates an alleged monster attack, finding a human culprit - who is then attacked by the real monster. A 1966 TV adaptation ends more ambiguously.
  • In Steven Kellogg's book The Mysterious Tadpole (1977), a boy receives a strange tadpole for his birthday which grows to immense proportions and is eventually revealed to be an offspring of the Loch Ness Monster.
  • In the book The Boggart and the Monster (1997) by Susan Cooper, the Loch Ness Monster is actually an invisible shape shifting creature that has become trapped in one form.
  • The Loch (2005) by Steve Alten is a novel about the Loch Ness Monster which incorporates many historical and scientific elements into the story line. In the book, the creature is said to be a species of gigantic and carnivourous Eel.
  • The tabloid Weekly World News often reports on the creature, claiming that it has become pregnant, or been captured, sold, or killed.
  • In Keri Arthur's book Destiny Kills (2009), Destiny is shape changing sea dragon whose ancestral home is Loch Ness. She states that the legend of the Loch Ness Monster often provided her family the cover they needed to live among the humans undetected.
  • In Stephenie Meyer's book, Breaking Dawn, Isabella (Bella) and Edward Cullen's new born half-human, half-vampire baby is named Renesmee. Jacob Black, a family friend and werewolf, nicknames her "Nessie". At Bella's realization of this, she becomes furious that he nicknamed her baby after the Loch Ness Monster. Bella fumes over this both mentally and verbally in the book quite often, until she grows fond of the name by the end of the book.
  • The Cryptid Files: Loch Ness (2010) by Jean Flitcroft is a novel for children published by Little Island that features the Loch Ness Monster and which interweaves the story of a budding cryptozoologist Vanessa Day with facts about Nessie and Loch Ness.

Music

  • The Sensational Alex Harvey Band wrote a song based on the Loch Ness Monster called "Water Beastie", which can be heard on their 1978 album Rock Drill.
  • "Synchronicity II" by The Police from their 1983 album Synchronicity, recounts the ever-deepening frustrations of a suburbanite middle-manager as, unbeknownst to him, "many miles away" the Loch Ness Monster encroaches ominously on a lakeside cottage.
  • Lo-fi rock band Some Velvet Sidewalk included a song titled "Loch Ness" detailing the exploits of the lake's mythical monster on their 1992 album "Avalanche". An alternate version of the song was featured on the 1991 compilation album "Kill Rock Stars".
  • Composer Guto Puw wrote a piece for SATB choir in 1998 called "The Loch Ness Monster's Song".
  • American progressive metal band Mastodon have a song entitled "Ol'e Nessie", named after the Loch Ness Monster, on their 2002 album Remission.
  • The music video[2], for the song "Monster" by the band The Automatic, features some clips of the Loch Ness Monster.

Movies

  • The monster is treated in a tongue-in-cheek fashion in a 1961 film What a Whopper.
  • In the 1992 animated movie Freddie as F.R.O.7 Nessie befriends an enchanted frog prince called Frederick who uses powers of telekinesis to free her tail trapped under a fallen boulder. It is later revealed she has a family, who later helps Freddie defeat an enemy invasion of Britain.
  • Ted Danson starred in the 1996 film Loch Ness in which he plays an American scientist trying to disprove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, only to later disprove his own evidence when he comes to recognise that the Monster is best left alone to survive by itself.
  • The 2001 horror movie Beneath Loch Ness deals with a series of attack allegedly made by the monster.
  • In the 2004 movie Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster the characters from the Scooby-Doo television show travel to Scotland to solve the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. It turns out that the monster is just a machine, though the existence of an actual one is hinted at in the ending.
  • In the beginning of the 2004 movie "Napoleon Dynamite", Napoleon gives a speech about the Loch Ness Monster.
  • A mockumentary starring director Werner Herzog entitled Incident at Loch Ness (2004) shows the director filming scenes around Loch Ness in an attempt to disprove the theories of the monster. His writer/producer continually tries to make a "blockbuster" film that Werner does not want. They eventually run afoul of the real Nessie with eerie results.
  • The 2007 film The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep featured a young boy who discovers and hatches an egg belonging to the legendary Celtic creature, the Water Horse. Naming it Crusoe after the fictional character, he eventually is forced to release it into Loch Ness and the world begins to notice.
  • In the 2007 Futurama film "Bender's Big Score", Philip J. Fry takes a job caring for a narwhal at an aquarium in Old New York. Eventually the narwhal is return to the wild, and is replaced by the "Loch Ness Monster," which, it has been proven, is just a log with a mask stapled to it. Despite the fact that it is inanimate, it is a huge attraction for the aquarium.
  • Nessie, das Monster von Loch Ness is a West German film made in 1985.

Television

  • In the 1971 Goodies episode Scotland, the Goodies travel to Scotland in order to capture the Loch Ness Monster as an exhibit for the new Monster House at London Zoo.
  • In the 1971 Bewitched episode "Samantha and the Loch Ness Monster", the monster turns out to be a warlock named Bruce that Serena put a spell on.[4]
  • In the 1975 Doctor Who story Terror of the Zygons, the Loch Ness Monster is revealed to be an alien cyborg controlled by the extraterrestrial race known as the Zygons and is used in a bid for world conquest. When that scheme is foiled by the Fourth Doctor and its masters killed, the creature returns to its watery home. In the 1985 story Timelash (and somewhat contradictory to the previous adventure), the Loch Ness Monster is implied to be the Borad, a tyrant whose DNA got mixed with a dinosaur-type monster and was sent back to twelfth-century Scotland through a time corridor by the Sixth Doctor (Although the Borad was later revealed to have been killed almost immediately after his arrival in the Eighth Doctor novel The Taking of Planet 5). In the 2006 episode "School Reunion", Sarah Jane Smith trumps new companion Rose Tyler, who believes she has met far more interesting beings in her travels with the Ninth and Tenth Doctors than Sarah, by mentioning the time she encountered the Loch Ness Monster (in Terror of the Zygons), causing Rose to respond, "Seriously?"
  • The BBC television series The Family-Ness showed the adventures of a family of Loch Ness Monsters and their human friends, Elspeth and Angus McTout.
  • The anime series Sherlock Hound episode The Adventure of Three Students contains a cameo appearance of the Loch Ness Monster near the end.
  • An animated series, Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch, featured two groups of the creatures. The friendly Nessies included Happy Ness, Brave Ness, Forgetful Ness, Silly Ness, and Bright Ness, while the villains included Pompous Ness, Mean Ness and Dark Ness. A trio of human characters befriended the good Nessies, assisting them in occasional conflicts with the bad Nessies. Both groups wore Loch-ets, each capable of performing a "Ness Bless", making its target temporarily feel the same as the caster. In addition, the Loch-ets protect the wearer from prying eyes, rendering them invisible to all but other Nessies and their trusted human friends.
  • There was a British spoof of the documentary style titled Loch Ness: Real or Pretend?. One of the scenes had tourists standing by the castle looking at the lake. When the monster did not appear, the film crew handed out "special glasses" which had silhouettes of the monster on the lenses. The tourists immediately "saw" the monster, pointing at it in whatever direction they were looking, including one tourist looking at the sky shouting "It's flying! It's flying!"
  • In the TV series How I Met Your Mother one of the main characters, Marshall, has a continuing obsession with the Loch Ness monster. He believes that Nessie is a "gentle creature" and derides the fact that the it is referred to as a 'monster'. He spent 10 days during his honeymoon looking for Nessie with his wife, Lily.
  • In the TV series South Park, Chef's parents, Thomas and Nellie, live in Scotland and claim (in the episode "The Succubus", for instance) to have been repeatedly harassed by the monster, who constantly begs them for three dollars and fifty cents ("tree fiddy", as Thomas pronounces it). They claim that the monster uses elaborate ruses and disguises to get money from them (such as selling cookies in disguise as a Girl Scout, or abducting them in the guise of a space alien), and say that even giving him money won't make him go away. These stories are always told primarily by Thomas, with Nellie offering support.
  • In the TV-series Godzilla: The Series, which is an animated 'continuation' of the 1998 film, one episode features the Loch Ness monster as a foe of Godzilla. The episode is one of few in the series with what seems like inter-monster communication, in this case between Godzilla and 'Nessie' who seem to be able to understand one another, or at least read each other's body language. 'Nessie' is portrayed in a positive light and a creature the audience is supposed to sympathize with rather than root for being destroyed or otherwise defeated by Godzilla. The reason for this being is that Nessie has been attacking scientific installations along the Loch because they have captured and stolen her one offspring. In this episode, rather than being a Plesiosaur as commonly depicted, Nessie's species is a gigantic type of Mosasaur.
  • On an Episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Jimmy's friend, Carl, loses a sea turtle in the lake which grows to epic proportions after Jimmy's dad puts toxic waste in the lake.
  • An episode of Disney's "Gargoyles" titled "Monsters" featured a captured female plesiosaur Dr. Sevarius kept in a hidden cavern within his base of operations beneath Urquhart Castle. His goal was to collect a variety of "exotic DNA" for future mutation experiments and Nessie was merely bait to lure out "Big Daddy" - her larger and more fearsome mate. The episode also featured a submarine and a mini-sub designed to look like the monsters as well. There is a final appearance of Nessie's entire family - revealing the pair had at least two offspring when reunited at the end.
  • One episode of Phineas and Ferb show the brothers visiting a place called "Lake Nose" and going in search for the "Lake Nose Monster", or "Nosey" for short (a pun on the Lock Ness Monster's nickname "Nessie"). Meanwhile, Candace goes crazy during her lifeguard shift when she sees several sitings of Nosey, which all turn out to be hoaxes. Once Phineas and Ferb found the monster, they become friends with Nosey and learn that he just wants his existence to remain a secret so he could live in peace.
  • In "Achilles Heel", the second story in series 7 of The Tomorrow People, a pair of aliens visiting earth to extract a rare mineral found in the vicinity of Loch Ness note that another race of aliens who had previously dominated the earth had transplanted a "giant plascadron" in the lake to ward off the natives.
  • In Swiss TV-show "Teleboy", a candid camera version, in 1976 a "Nessie"-like dummy, later by Yellow press called "Urnie", was used in Lake Lucerne.
  • In the Futurama episode, "Spanish Fry", Fry is certain that Bigfoot exists, but is repeatedly told it does not. When the creature's existence is indeed later confirmed, Fry exclaims, "The Loch Ness Monster's book was right!"
  • In a Toyota commercial featuring marine biologist Adrian Shine, the Loch Ness Monster tossed around a Toyota Tacoma.
  • In The Secret Saturdays Doyle and Van Rook are shown to be gong to the Loch Ness, where they are searching for V.V. Argost, and instead find Munya, where they believe Argost is dead.

Comics

  • In the webcomic George the Dragon the Loch Ness monster play a large role. It is revealed that her name is actually Gladys [5] and in the course of the story she becomes the love interest of the title character. She and the titular dragon eventually wed and she moves out of Loch Ness (which explains why no scientist has ever found her). There is an entire story arc which occurs inside the stomach of the Loch Ness Monster.

Sport

  • The best football teams in Scotland are given "Nessie" steaks each year after the semi-finals in order to prepare for the finals.

Games

  • In Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All, Nessie is referenced to but is eventually found to be a fraud, instead being a giant blow up Steel Samurai.
  • The Tomb Raider III expansion pack The Lost Artefact begins in a castle by Loch Ness, with the monster itself putting in an appearance towards the end of the first level. Apparently, there are two versions of Nessie at this level. One is the robotic version, and another is the true version of Nessie. One time that we entered inside the robotic version you can see some planes of robotic Nessie, we can see that she has the shape of a plesiosaur, whereas the real Nessie is a marine serpent.
  • One part of the story in Mega Man Star Force 2 focuses on the Loch Mess Monster, which is eventually shown to be fake.
  • In the SNES video game, Top Gear, there is a level that takes place at Loch Ness and on certain curves a player can spot a monster in the water.
  • Loch Ness Monster[6], built in 1985, was the final pinball machine built by Game Plan[7], before the Game Plan company went out of business. As the factory "production run" was but a single prototype, the machine is almost as rare as the monster itself. Among the few who have played it, Loch Ness Monster is said to be Game Plan's best game, by far. Unlike all previous Game Plan games, it featured speech, a ramp, and a strobe-lit mechanical animation below the playfield.
  • In the game EarthBound, to get through Winters, you must ride a monster in the lake named "Tessie" which you may ride afterwards if you go back.
  • In the Nancy Drew game Danger on Deception Island, when Nancy is writing a letter to her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, She shows a picture of what looks to be a Loch Ness Monster but instead she calls it a Snake Horse because the town she is investigating.
  • Mario 64 contains a level called "Hazy Maze Cave" where you must ride on Dorrie, a blue plesiosaur, in order to collect a star.
  • In World of Warcraft, an NPC named "Nessy" can occasionally be seen swimming in the water midway through the Deeprun Tram.
  • The Forgotten Futures tabletop RPG adventure Free Nessie (1994, part of Forgotten Futures III) involves an attempt to free the Loch Ness Monster from captivity.

Theme park rides

Further reading

See also

References

  1. ^ www.myspace.com/lochnessmonstermusic
  2. ^ Monster video at YouTube
  3. ^ Loch Ness Terror page at Insight Film Studios
  4. ^ "Bewitched: Samantha and the Loch Ness Monster". tv.com. http://www.tv.com/bewitched/samantha-and-the-loch-ness-monster/episode/25567/summary.html. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  5. ^ Gladys page at George the Dragon
  6. ^ Loch Ness Monster pinball machine
  7. ^ Tribute page for Game Plan, a pinball machine manufacturer that went out of business in 1985
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