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 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.
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!