by Michael dEstries
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bunnicula, vampire bunny

Monsters. They’re scary, irritable, and generally have one thing in mind: your head. Surprisingly, however, there are a few creatures from movies and books that would prefer a nice slice of carrot over your left arm. We’re not saying they won’t rip it off in front of your half-naked girlfriend in the middle of the woods, but they definitely won’t eat it. For these four vegetarian monsters, mealtime is all about the greens.



When Dr. Frankenstein pieced together his ultimate creation from the bodies of the dead, someone in that mix must have been a vegan. Such is the case for the creature known as Frankenstein, who apparently took on the diet of his creator, author Mary Shelley. “My food is not that of man,” old Frank says at one point in the novel. “I do not destroy the lamb and kid to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford my sufficient nourishment.”

Said feminist author Carol J. Adams in critiquing Shelley’s novel, “The Creature’s vegetarianism not only confirms its inherent, original benevolence, but conveys Mary Shelley’s precise rendering of themes articulated by a group of her contemporaries whom I call “Romantic vegetarians.”

A vegan, a lover of animals, a tap dancer? What’s not to love about our favorite creature from the lab?



Behold! The dark lord of the furry underworld! Bunnicula is a vampire bunny made popular in a series of novels that first hit the scene in 1979. Unlike other vamps with a taste for blood, Bunnicula sucks vegetables of their juices — leaving nothing behind but white carrots, lettuce, etc. He also has fangs, which causes other animals in his adopted household to grow suspicious of his true nature. I remember reading these books, particular the first second one titled The Celery Stalks at Midnight, and somehow being scared of Bunnicula. Even though he hunted vegetables, it was the idea of a rabbit with fangs that I think deterred any future pleas to my parents for one as a pet.


Elphaba (aka, The Wicked Witch of the West)

Not only is Elphaba green on the outside, but she’s also got a green heart. Though we feared her cackle and sorcery in the original Wizard of Oz, the book and musical Wicked taught us that Elphaba was actually a bit misunderstood. Not only that, but it’s hinted at that this witch is a vegetarian — especially in light of her strong animal activism. In the book, Elphaba never partakes in eating meat when others do — and generally questions if it’s people know what they’re eating. “How do you know they’re not Rabbits?” she said, and she wouldn’t touch a bite — reads one passage.

See? The Wicked Witch probably didn’t like Toto because he came from a breeder, natch.


Count Duckula

Count Duckula was vampire duck that starred in a late ’80s British animated television series. It was a spin-off of the awesome Danger Mouse series, in which Duckula was recurring villain. Much like Bunnicula, this particular vampire was a vegetarian — preferring to suck the juice out of carrots rather than animals. Granted, he was supposed to be a ruthless killer, but the spell to reincarnate his spirit did not go according to plan. As the title sequence explains, the successful conclusion of the ritual required blood — the source of sustenance for any vampire — but tomato ketchup is accidentally substituted.

Check out the awesome opening below — and get ready to rock to the awesome ‘Duckula’ theme song! I miss the ’80s.

Honorable Mention

Darth Vader
Old Darth probably gets his nutrients through a juice pack, but there’s good reason to believe he might be vegetarian. According to some Jedi forums (what?! don’t you read those too?), the good guys that channel the force are also most likely vegetarian. As Darth was one of the good guys previously, it stands to reason he might still be sucking on carrot juice.

Some will argue otherwise, but according to one recent event, Bigfoot may indeed be a vegetarian. Or just enjoy green beans. A couple in Kentucky took a snapshot of what appears to be a large ape ransacking their vegetable garden. Although if Harry and the Hendersons taught us anything, it’s that Bigfoot also likes goldfish.

Did we miss one? Have a favorite? Chime in below — and Happy Halloween!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • David

    On Wednesday, Farm Sanctuary had a demonstration in which a pack of Frankensteins ran through Times Square telling people “Frankie Says Go Veg.” Check out the story here:

  • Ehab Moniem

    OMG! Once I saw Bunnicula as the first picture I knew this was going to be a great article. But I have to see some proof for the Darth Vader one although I won’t be surprised. Great article.

  • Bronwen Humphreys

    If remember correctly Ayesha from Rider Haggard’s “She” was a vegetarian. True in her guise as a beautiful, eternal, woman, she wasn’t a monster physically, but she was rather ruthless, and when she reverted to her true age, she must have looked pretty dreadful.

  • MichelleAbrahmz

    What about
    the Creature from the Black Lagoon
    The Blob
    It came from out of space
    The Killer Tomatoes (if bad chemicals didn’t do that to them, I don’t know what did!)
    Hannibal Lecter
    Mrs Lovett (she sold ‘pork pies’ made from the bodies of people Sweeney Todd killed)

    • MichelleAbrahmz

      Ok sorry, just re-read the post and realise I got it wrong oops. Please ignore my post.

  • Erica

    First, why isn’t Pamela Anderson on this list?
    Second, why would Elphaba hate Toto because he came from a breeder? Is that the dog’s fault?
    Third, Bunnicula maybe small and fluffy, but he could totally kick Edward Cullen’s ass.

  • Kayla

    Okay, I wanna clarify something. Alphaba advocated for “Animal” rights, not “animal” rights. She avoided meat because it could possibly be from “Animals.”

    (Animals were walking and talking and essentially humans, animals were like animals as we know them if you didn’t know)

    And I’m pretty sure Animals/animals was a social commentary about oppressed groups of humans in real life, not animals. I think the fact that they turned into animals when they lost their rights was to show that they were being dehumanized.
    So Alphaba may have been a vegetarian, but not for animal rights. I think in her universe she would be comparable in real world terms to a non-vegan inter-sectional feminist rather than an animal rights activist.

    But it is funny that in the book social groups were compared to animals at all. I don’t know if Gregory Maguire was just saying we shouldn’t treat people like animals, or if he really did see a connection with how animals are treated and how oppressed groups of people are treated.

    If anyone who thinks the latter is true feel free to try and convince me why. I would love to hear your arguments.