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A "hellhound"(sometimes hell hound or hell-hound)is a monstrous creature that serves Hell.
It is usually associated with Fire, and is defined as ash black fur, red glowing eyes, jagged teeth, super strength and speed, and 4 times
the size of an average
dog. Encountering them is considered to be a sign of imminent death.
Etymology & Lore
The most famous hellhound is most likely Cerberus
from Greek mythology. Hellhounds are famous for appearing in Northern European folklore and mythology as part of the Wild Hunt. These hounds are given many different names in local myth, but they are similar in appearance. The myth is common across Great Britain. Many names are given to the apparitions, including Moddey Dhoo of the Isle of Man, Gwyllgi of Wales, and so on.
In Southern Mexican and Central American myth, the Cadejo is a large black dog that haunts travelers who walk late at night.
The common hellhound usually is evil to
humans - for they serve Hell. But in some cases, a hellhound saves a human from certain death. Hellhounds commonly live in Hell, but can sometimes be stuck on Earth.
Abilities & Attributes
Hellhounds can see in the dark, control and
embody fire, ghost-like invisibility, and super strength and speed. They also have poison saliva, terrible odor, and sometimes talking abilities.They are usually repented or destroyed by light and holy items.
Art, Literature, & Fiction
* In League of Super Evil, the League has a pet hellhound (usually referred to as a Doom Hound) named Doomageddon who is usually chaotically evil and disobedient, sometimes becoming a cause of, though at times a solution to, their problems. *Hellhound is also a creature of chaos in the game Master of magic. *In the video game The Witcher the Hellhound is a boss monster. *In Heroes of Might and Magic III, the hell hound is a recruitable 3rd-level unit from the Inferno town that can be upgraded into a Cerberus.* Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles * Hellhounds feature in Rick Riordan's series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. * Hellhounds are called 'The Grim' in the Harry Potter series and have an important role in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. * Hellhounds feature in Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. * Hellhounds are the pets of Harpies in Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Series. * In Piers Anthony's 'On A Pale Horse", Satan sends hellhounds to attack Zane (Death) and bring him back to hell. The hounds are immortal but are dispatched by Death's magical scythe. * Frank Belknap Long's Cthulhu Mythos-related 'The Hounds of Tindalos" * Hellhounds appear in the motion picture The Omen. * Hellhounds (called darkhounds) appear several times in Robert Jordan's fantasy series The Wheel of Time. Darkhounds are a particularly nasty form of Shadowspawn. They look like very large dogs * Hellhounds appear in the television show Supernatural. They are used and controlled by demons to drag souls to hell (usually after a deal for the victim's soul has accrued). Only the person being attacked can see the hellhound, and they are never seen on screen. * Houndoom, one of the many Pokémon creatures, is based on the concept of a hellhound. * In Call of Duty: World at War, in the 2nd and 3rd map pack of Nazi Zombie mode, Hellhounds appear and attempt to kill the players every 5-7 rounds. * In Christopher Moore's "A Dirty Job," Charlie Asher, who becomes a soul collector, adopts two hellhounds to protect his daughter Sophie * A Hellhound named Sammael is one of the main antagonists in the first Hellboy film. * In the MMORPG RuneScape, there are many Hellhounds. * Alucard of the Series Hellsing can transform into a hellhound * In the Bersek manga, the dark side or shadow of Guts's personality is represented as a hellhound or black dog