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My partner took one look at Yin, the penangalan...

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And said "isn't that the creature from that one myth? The disembodied woman's head with organs trailing below?"


Turns out Yin the Penangalan is based off a Penanggalan! Crazy impressive that she knew that!  Who else is surprised by this?

Now I just have to figure out how to make the model smell like vinegar...

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Been trying to think of a more useful post than "yes, I knew what a Penanggalan was before seeing Yin".

I guess one would be saying that it's nice that Malifaux has tapped into lesser known mythologies than the normal, "mainstream" sources. Asami has also been fun for this, with things like the Futakuchi-Onna and Ohaguro Bettari.

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10 minutes ago, HomelessOne said:

Been trying to think of a more useful post than "yes, I knew what a Penanggalan was before seeing Yin".

I guess one would be saying that it's nice that Malifaux has tapped into lesser known mythologies than the normal, "mainstream" sources. Asami has also been fun for this, with things like the Futakuchi-Onna and Ohaguro Bettari.

Oooo, what are those?

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Malifaux is littered with cultural references from all sorts of areas. Sometimes they are quite obvious as to the source (Yin the Pananaggalan  is obvious if you know what a Panagggalan is), and others can be quiet subtle (Phiona Gage is quite a nice one, google Phineas Gage)

I still think my favorite is from First edition when C. Hoffman used to have an ability called unexplained connection that allowed him to hire Coppellius (look up the works of E.T.A. Hoffman)., and the inspiration for collodi ought to be fairly obvious when you find out what the Author wrote.


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On 8/31/2020 at 5:25 PM, clockworkspide said:

Malifaux was my first exposure to the Pananggalan myth, and honestly I think they're grossly underused in popular fiction.

Whereas I think they're appropriately used in popular fiction. Cause they're gross. :)

While gore doesn't actively freak me out, it's definitely on the fringes of my comfort, and so not seeing it overly represented, on either the big or small screen, in graphic detail, I'm kinda fine with.

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Ooh!  These are always fun.


The Clampett's are loosely inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies.

Aunty Mel has multiple references to Captain Ahab.

Sir Vantes has several references to Don Quixote and it's author, Cervantes.


Ross Jebsen is, shock of all shocks, is based on Bob Ross (I can hear the audible sound of shocks and gasps from here).

White Eyes is a reference to Pan's Labyrinth and the Pale Man.  In the Waldo's Weekly they even reference Waldo stealing food prompting White Eyes to chase him.


Damian has a few references to Hellraiser and it's famous puzzle box.  There are also multiple Ravencroft's in fiction his name could be pulling from.

Marco Bonatti and his model closely resemble Johann Kraus from Hellboy, and the model even closely resembles one of the more famous pieces of artwork of him.  The author who came up with the character said he was a reference to his friend who was covered in tattoos.


Hoffman's "Produce additional Pylons" is a Starcraft reference.

Von Schill is inspired by a Prussian revolutionary against French occupation from the Napoleonic era.

There's Rasputina, and um, does it really need to be said?


These one's are a bit more obvious:

The Dreamer is inspired by Nemo in Slumberland.

Hamelin is inspired by the Pied Piper.

Lord Cooper is heavily inspired by Teddy Roosevelt.

Lucas McCabe has references to both Indy and British Egyptologist, Alfred Lucas.

Sue and the Boy named Sue, Johnny Cash lover.

Seamus and Jack the Ripper.

I believe Euripides pulls from several things.  Primarily the Greek playwright, the wise man of the mountain trope, and Odin.  It also plays on the study of entrails to predict the future, but as far as I know that's more Roman than Greek (could easily be wrong on that).

I don't think it's ever been confirmed, but Mr. Tannen name seems to be taken from Biff Tannen from the Back to the Future movies, who even gets a casino in the 2nd movie.

Dorian Crowe and Dorian Grey.


And winner for most obvious is:

Lady Justice being inspired by, um, Lady Justice.


And while I don't know if he is based on this, and it could be a complete coincidence, but there is a 70-80's neo-classical music video of a guy in an outfit remarkably similar to 2nd edition Lucius, including a mask and powdered wig.  I for the life of me can't find it, but the appearance is shockingly similar.  If I could find the video I would post it, but I can't locate it for the life of me.

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Oh right, the Grim keyword referencing the Tales Grim.  I don't know if Klaus or Hildegard are references to any thing (they probably are), but the Redcaps are.


Red caps are goblins who kill people and dip their hats in blood, hence the red cap.


Penny Dreadfuls were grotesque and sensationalized stories sold on the cheap in the Victorian era.


Mary Bonnett is an amalgam of pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read.


Pearl Musgrove is a reference to L. H. Musgrove, a Wild West outlaw.  Pearl is likely a reference to Pearl Hart, a female gunslinger and robber in the Wild West.


Mad Dog Brackett is likely another Back to the Future reference, as Biff Tannens ancestor is called Mad Dog Tannen.


Agent 46 is a clear nod to Hitman's Agent 47.


Don't forget the limited edition Dreamer and Teddy model that is straight out of a Calvin and Hobbes comic.

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On 10/6/2022 at 9:53 AM, SteampunkCake said:

Theres also Burt Jebson, Wong, Gracie, Yan Lo and Bill Algren, all references to Big Trouble in Little China

Burt Jebson - Jack Burton
Gracie - Gracie
Yan Lo - Lo Pan
Bill Algren - Thunder

I always thought Bill Algren was more inspired by Captain Nathan Algren from The Last Samurai.  

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7 hours ago, ThreeBatts said:

And here I felt Burt Jebson was more of a Michael Gross (Burt Gummer from Tremors).

Irs certainly possible for things to be based off more than 1 thing, but I'm not sure I see Burt Gummer in Burt jebson, not enough selection of weapons or prepared for everything.  

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Bill Algren appears to pull from multiple places.  Algren comes from Tom Cruises character in the last Samurai.  Bill is likely a reference to William Adam's, the British Samurai.  His appearance is likely based on Sasuke, the African slave turned Samurai.  Jules Brunet, the French Officer who Tom Cruise's character is based off seems to have missed out.


Burt Jebsen definitely feels like Jack Burton, especially with "It's all in the reflexes", but then again, I wasn't brought upon this Earth to get it.  It's been so long since I've seen Tremors that I don't know if his card references anything from the movie.  Should make that a high priority, I remember liking it.


Edit:  Thinking about it, Burt is just an amalgam of Kurt and Burton.  Kurt Russell being the actor who played the character Jack Burton.  Or it is shorthand for Burt(on).


Edit edit:  and yes, Bill Algrens clothing and pose is straight up Thunders pose in the alleyway fight in Big Trouble.

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